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Educator of the Week

Bill Dale - May 23rd, 2014

 

Nominated by parent Kimberly Brandt:

Bill Dale works with students who need that additional help. It may be students who lack basic skills, to those with huge gaps that cause them to struggle to survive high school. I asked my daughter what the difference is between Mr. Dale and her other instructors. She says, “he treats us as equals”. I think that is the key to motivating kids who struggle in school. He is that person who is making a huge difference in the outcome of a student’s life. Most of us have seen the ads about how a mentor has changed a kids life; Mr. Dale is changing student’s lives one student at a time. He has basic tools to work miracles with these students, and pulls it off year after year. Our son was failing courses which he needs to graduate. Mr. Dale took what our son loves, which is computer programming, and encouraged him to do his senior project on that subject. Our son's grades have improved and he should be in line to graduate in June. Mr. Dale has worked hard all year with our youngest in her first year in high school. Due to his dedication to working with students, she not only survived her freshmen year but also received a 3.8 grade point average. She has hopes of being a foreign exchange student and future architect. Caring and giving that extra effort and time is priceless to not only the students but the families that get to see them succeed. Bill Dale is a person with a huge heart to help those who would otherwise just be lost in a system.

Congratulations Bill, from all of us at K103!

What inspired you to become an educator?

I grew up working kids camps and coaching youth sports. Knowing this, my high school guidance counselor, Mr. Rogers called me in and we discussed what my future might look like. He helped me come up with a plan and from that I decided that I would like to work with high school age students. I had some great teachers in high school and college, and still use them today as examples in my classes, and then in turn when I see them, they love hearing how teaching is going and that their insights and teaching s inspired me to go into education.


What do you like most about teaching?

The last day of the school year….. that is, I love seeing students walking across the stage in their cap and gown, being handed their diploma and knowing that they are successful young adults. I really enjoy seeing students “get it”. At the high school level, there are so many things for students to prepare for, college, careers, living on their own, etc. Helping students see what’s out in the real world and what to expect is fun, because I don’t think high school students know as much as they think they do sometimes! As with my high school teachers, I really enjoy seeing students after they graduate and move on and find out that they have achieved their dream that they had while they were in school.


What has changed the most since you began your career in education?

Technology has obviously changed so much over the last 15-20 years, and being in education longer than that, I feel as though the students are the teachers and I am the student. Thank goodness for having kids of my own, so I can utilize their knowledge and skills when needing to learn something new.

What would you like parents to know about your job?

Parents should know that we, as teachers really do care for our students and want them to succeed. I wish I had more time to work with all of my students, but at the same time, I want my students to become independent thinkers and learners. Critical skills such as being able to problem solve are so important for students to have when they move on in life.

Share a favorite story about your years in education.

From all of the students I have worked with over the years, I can’t narrow it down to just one story. I would say that my favorite story is an ongoing one, witnessing students achieve their potential, some of them thinking that they could never do it. At the end of the day, that is my goal for all students.

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