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Daniel Tilson (OR '92)


At the time of the Award, Daniel Tilson was:

Eastwood Elementary School
Roseburg, OR

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 4, 5

Biographical Information

Daniel M. Tilson taught fourth, fifth and sixth grades in Roseburg, Oregon, for 30 years before retiring in 2006. Tilson believes that it is by responding to the individual needs of students that their growth is fostered. "I believe as teachers we have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of each one of our students. That's why I teach." A strong advocate of change within the educational system, Tilson also acknowledges that educators must be both flexible and responsible. A recipient of the 1992 Oregon Teacher of the Year Award, Tilson believes that the superior instructor fosters the student's ability to think, act and function as a whole person in relationship to himself, to other individuals, to the community, and to the world in which he or she lives.

Personal Message

After retiring in 2006 my passion continues to be Space Camp. I have started a non profit group in the Portland, Oregon area "Oregon Space Camp Adventures." The goal is to involve students in STEM activities including yearly trips to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. So far I have taken over 400 students to the week long adventure. I also visit local schools and give talks on "The Race to the Moon, The Solar System and Going to Mars" Over the last 5 years while living in the Portland area I have spoken to over 3,000 students about STEM and space. If you are interested in what we are doing or would like to donate to our scholarship fund feel free to visit us at...

Additional Information


1975 Oregon State University, B.S.

University or Oregon M.ED