Marian High School’s Light of Learning Award Winner 2018
This award is given by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to an outstanding teacher who has been employed for more than two years and meets the following criteria: Acts in a Christ-like manner, is knowledgeable of subject matter and best practices in teaching, motivates students, is involved in school activities, and relates well with students. This award affords each school the opportunity to recognize one of its outstanding teachers and assists the Diocese in celebrating its excellence in a public forum. Students, parents, and faculty members cast their ballots in early October. There were twenty Marian teachers who received votes from each of the three constituencies polled. As always, the competition was great, because Marian is truly blessed with many excellent instructors who touch the hearts and minds of the students.
Parents noted that this year’s winner has a rapport with the students and a way of connecting with them so they want to do well in class. They stated that this teacher truly cares about students and is a Christ-like role model for everyone.
Colleagues wrote that this teacher is “loved by the students because he loved them first.” This individual is able to balance concern for each student with a creative approach to instruction. He is a life-long learner himself, uses best practices in the classroom, and has shared these with other teachers. He also does activities with students after school and outside of the classroom on a regular basis. Colleagues also commented that his teaching style “has the students learning the material while enjoying their time in the classroom.” This winning teacher is well-known for his smile, kind words, and welcoming ways.
Students commented that this instructor is a great motivator who relates to all of the students. They also report that this teacher “inspires them because he truly loves and enjoys teaching.” The words engaging, encouraging, caring, interesting, understanding, and patient were used frequently on the ballots. Other students wrote that this individual keeps his classes on task and engaged while making class fun. He is “very patient and willing to help students with homework and quizzes.” It is obvious to the students that he enjoys what he is doing.
The winner of Marian High School Light of Learning Award for 2018 is Mr. David Rosenbaum of the World Language Department..
Mr. Rosenbaum and his wife Kathryn live in Plymouth. He grew up in LaCrosse, Indiana and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in German and French from Indiana University Bloomington and a Master’s from Middlebury College in Vermont. Mr. Rosenbaum taught for 35 years at Crown Point High School and has been teaching in the World Language Department at Marian for 2 1/4 years. He now teaches German I, II, III, and Honors AP German IV. He is the moderator of the German Club which is active throughout the school year. For two years he has arranged for students to visit German-speaking countries during the summer months to learn the language by immersion.
Here are five of the many sincere statements from the students.
-One student wrote: “Mr. Rosenbaum lived in
Germany for many years and is very enthusiastic about his subject.He is teaching the opening prayer in German. He talks about the German culture from his firsthand experience. He even knows German history. He is also involved with German Glub.”
-Another student said, “He bounces around the classroom, helping each and every student understand the subject.”
-A third student said, “Herr Rosenbaum is always supportive and will take the time to make sure all students understand the material.”
-Another wrote, “He is kind and charismatic and he makes learning enjoyable.”
-This student’s quote sums up the reason for this award: “Mr. Rosenbaum is an amazing teacher and is truly a blessing to our school.”
Congratulations to Mr. David Rosenbaum. He will be honored by the Diocese at the You Can Lend a Hand Luncheon on January 31.