DCHS Grad Follows Inspiring Teachers

DCHS Grad Follows Inspiring Teachers Into The Classroom
Posted on 12/09/2021

Douglas County High School Grad Follows His Inspiring Teachers Into The Classroom

After graduating from Douglas County High School in 2019, Brad Rotherham found himself returning to education. He says, "Teachers like the ones I had in high school are the reason I now desire a career in education." He now works as a Severe Needs Educational Assistant at Northeast Elementary in Parker.

What is your name, which school did you attend, and what year did you graduate?
My name is Brad Rotherham and I graduated from Douglas County High School in 2019.

What have you been doing since graduation?
I have been spending my time making my way through college in pursuit of a degree, trying to figure out exactly what I want to do with my future. Through this search, I began a job as an educational assistant, which brought me to the conclusion that id like to pursue education, hopefully in Douglas County Schools!

What is your proudest achievement since graduating?
Since graduating, my proudest achievement has been moving from my minimum wage job with no meaning to a wonderful work environment! I enjoy my work, and I feel like I'm making a difference.

Share a positive memory from high school that sticks out to you.
The most positive experience in high school for me was finding teachers that were particularly excellent at what they did. I felt that Mr. Tomure, my Ancient civilizations teacher, really made a huge impact on me. Every day I was excited to go to class and learn about the ancient world. I've never had a better teacher, and I will never forget the impact he had on my life. Teachers like the ones I had in high school are the reason I now desire a career in education.

What was one unique thing you learned about yourself during high school? How did your teachers and school support you?
I learned that I needed to accept myself and my interests for what they were since I often found myself trying to adhere to the trends and interests of others in order to fit in. I had many teachers who supported me in this realization, not by directly supporting me but by giving me an example of what a truly happy and comfortable person looks like.

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?
Disregard what is popular, and do what interests you and makes you happy.

What skill (professional or personal) are you trying to master?
I am constantly working on my communication and direction style in my everyday life, hoping to make my interactions with students and peers more effective. I also am trying to improve my organizational skills since it could help me in my personal and professional life.

What are your future plans?
I plan to finish out my bachelor's degree in elementary education and hopefully return to Douglas County Schools so that I can contribute to the school system that I love.

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