Steve Reddick has been named Teacher of the Year for Oak Ridge Schools.
Reddick is an eighth-grade American history teacher. He has been teaching at Jefferson Middle school for 34 years.
“He believes there is no more relevant or exciting subject to teach, as students are ‘citizens in training,’ who will one day vote, pay taxes, serve our country, and be part of our local, national, and global communities,” a press release said. “Steve notes that democracy requires ‘lots of practice’ and engaged citizens who embrace their civic responsibilities with discernment, reflection, and a seriousness of purpose. He utilizes print and electronic resources to develop his students’ reading, writing, thinking, and discussion skills, as well as the “habits of mind” that they will need to become active, engaged citizens. Students compare differing points of view, weigh evidence, and discuss topics and historical interpretations respectfully.”
Reddick makes a point of framing these habits in both historical and contemporary contexts, the press release said. [Read more…]