“Dave challenges his students to think outside the box.”
Dave Zeller, Science Teacher, Springfield City Schools
The following testimonial was shared by Springfield City Schools in selecting Dave Zeller as a 2016 Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator.
David Zeller was instrumental in bringing the Pathways program to our middle schools. Since the onset of the program seven years ago, he has expanded course choices from the basic Gateway to Technology class to specifically designed classes, adding Design and Modeling, Automation and Robotics, and Fuse. The classes have evolved into a supportive atmosphere of teamwork. Students are encouraged, but not required, to work collaboratively. Having computer skills is helpful but also is not required. Creativity and problem solving are the forefront of success in his classes.
Mr. Zeller challenges his students to think outside the box. By working along with them when tackling projects, Dave has heightened student motivation. He has also reached out to the community for project-based learning activities. Each quarter, students are given a teacher evaluation survey to assess student satisfaction. This has fostered an atmosphere of mutual respect. Students feel that their opinion is valued. Outside the classroom, Mr. Zeller serves on the District Leadership Team and our Building Leadership Team. He also works for the district after-school technology program.