Robert Wille, a biology teacher at Eagle Point High School in Eagle Point, urges new teachers to: "Love kids more than your subject; you are not here to teach your subject, you are here to teach kids." Mr. Wille, describing his method as "hands-on, heads-up science," is always on the ready to seize the educable moment. He takes every opportunity to introduce his students to major scientists, frequently taking them to attend conferences in Portland. A salmon-raising project he conducts in his classroom allows older students to reach younger ones about the salmon's life cycle and includes an expedition to release the salmon into a local stream. Mr. Wille is also the regional director for the National Science Teachers Association, and he has been active in the Oregon School Reform Act.
1973 Southern Oregon University, B.S.