Student teacher goes the extra mile

10/30/2012
“Steve has truly immersed himself in student teaching. He shares ideas and suggestions with me and takes the time to step out of the box. You don’t get that in every student teacher.”

Steve Yoak shows some of the 300,000 pop tabs collected by students at Coventry Middle School

Steven Yoak, a senior in the College of Education studying Middle Level Education Science/Math, recently went the extra mile by introducing philanthropy into a sixth grade science class.

Yoak is doing his student teaching at Coventry Middle School for the fall semester. He came up with the idea of pitting each of the six science classes he teaches against each other to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House in Akron. Each class was challenged to bring in pop tabs that the charity would then recycle for funds. The contest brought in more than 300,000 pop tabs.

“The winning class brought in 78,000 tabs,” says Yoak. “I was very happy and impressed with the excitement of our students over this contest.”

Red Lobster in Montrose donated lunch for the class of thirty-five to congratulate them on their efforts. The lunch took place on Oct. 26.

Jim Trogdon, the cooperating teacher in the class, said that Yoak went above and beyond what a student teacher should do. “Steve helped to teach an important philanthropy lesson to our students. They feel good about helping those at the Ronald McDonald House.”

Tina Norris, principal of Coventry Middle School, also spoke very highly of Yoak. “Steve has truly immersed himself in student teaching. He shares ideas and suggestions with me and takes the time to step out of the box. You don’t get that in every student teacher.”

Yoak will finish the semester in a sixth grade math class. Kudos on your work, Steve!