|CCHS English teacher David Rowe with his 8-year-old daughter, Nora.|
A few days before Matt Shwayder started his freshman year at Arizona State University, he got a phone call from David Rowe, his former English teacher at Cherry Creek High School.
“He called me Sunday night just to check in and see how I was doing,” said Shwayder, who graduated from Creek last May. “He has shown a genuine interest in my life both in and out of the classroom. That’s just the type of person he is.”
So it’s no surprise that Shwayder nominated Rowe for the 2014 KBCO radio Teacher of the Year Award, which recognizes teachers who’ve had a positive impact on their students’ lives. Rowe won the award, which came with an $18,000 scholarship to CSU Global, the online campus of Colorado State University.
Listen to Rowe’s Teacher of the Year interview on KBCO here.
“It’s so exciting and the opportunity to continue learning is wonderful,” said Rowe, who is now pursuing a master’s degree in teaching and learning through CSU Global. He just finished his first eight-week course, called 'Learning Theories and Models of Instruction.' “I was writing one 10-page paper per week,” Rowe laughed.
Being able to empathize with his students about homework and demonstrate his own love for learning are just two of the qualities that make Rowe an exceptional educator.
“He is an AMAZING teacher,” Shwayder said. “He keeps class fun, entertaining and interesting all at the same time. Overall he is just a remarkable person and the relationship and bond we share is something I wouldn’t give up for the world.”
Congratulations, David Rowe!
--Posted September 2, 2014.