I Teach Because...

Think back to when you were a student, back-to-school shopping, finding your classroom, and the exciting lessons that would soon fill your day. The first day of school jitters that were calmed by the friendly, welcoming face, and celebrating the “ah ha” moments when you finally figured out how to solve the problem. Then there was the time in kindergarten, when you went to the restroom but couldn’t remember the way back to your classroom. As panic set in, that friendly face walked around the corner and they knew exactly where your classroom was. These champions make math exciting and words come to life through reading and writing, they stood beside you and cheered as you mastered kickball, that difficult note, or the masterpiece that needed a little finesse.

Although everyone’s school experience was different, teachers are the common thread throughout classrooms and schools. They are the first to welcome you to a new class, they spend extra time working through a challenging problem, and they give you a high five when you accomplish your goals.

St. Vrain is the proud home to nearly 2,000 teachers who spend their days preparing our students for the future. Join us in celebrating our teachers and learn what they enjoy about teaching, why they became teacher and what their favorite memory is from the days they spent as a student in the classroom.

Thank you to all of our teachers.

Getting to know:
David Ross
English/Language Arts
Niwot High School

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
Teaching is a dynamic profession filled with many joys, but what I relish most about being an educator is working to help students increase their levels of knowledge so they are better equipped to achieve their personal goals in life.

Briefly tell us about the path you took to becoming a teacher?
I grew up in a family of teachers, and seeing both of my parents devote their careers to public education inspired me to join the profession as well.

What is your favorite memory from when you were a student?
My favorite memories as a student were always centered around working collaboratively and interpersonally with my peers. Whether it was working to combat a social issue, partnering with a local philanthropic organization, or competing as a team in a Friday night sporting event, I always delighted in the sense of achievement found in working collaboratively with a shared sense of purpose to achieve a common goal.