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David Buus

David Buus (WY '94)


At the time of the Award, David Buus was:

Moorcroft Elementary School
Moorcroft, WY

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 2

Biographical Information

Though David Buus has retired after thirty years as an elementary teacher, his career in education is far from over. He says that teaching "was a great and rewarding venture for the first part of my life," adding that he intends "to continue in the field of education whenever and wherever he will be needed through teaching and consulting." Presently he teaches extension classes through Eastern Wyoming College and serves on the governing board of the Gillette Boys and Girls Club. During his many years at Moorcroft Elementary School, Mr. Buus emphasized the importance of educators working directly with parents and the community, noting that "it takes an entire village to teach a child". In order for children to learn at an early age to associate educational activities with adventure and fun, Mr. Buus embraced innovative methods of teaching, always keeping "a sound grip on change." Often he would transform his second-grade classroom into magical environments inspired by children's books and movies so that children entered a world that was at once both marvelous and familiar.