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.
After retiring in 2006 my passion continues to be Space Camp and Outdoor Education. I continue to lead groups for a week long adventure to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama and have another trip planned for the spring of 2013. I also developed an outdoor education area at Eastwood Elementary School where I taught for over 20 years, and for the last six years have organized Eastwood Outdoor Days where over 400 4th grade students participate in a day of outdoor Education In my local community I am the Volunteer Fire Chief and have been with the Glide Rural Fire Protection District for 28 years. This year I was selected as Glide First Citizen for my work in the Fire Department.
After 29years with Glide Fire I decided to hang up my turnouts. I am proud if what we accomplished during my 22 years as Chief including new Fire Engines, tenders and a new station. My wife and I moved north to Sherwood to be closer to family. I am still involved with Space Camp and as Space Camp Ambassador give presentations to elementary students on the "Race to the Moon". I am working on getting groups of students back to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.
30 years teacher
34 years volunteer firefighter