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GSC Alum Competing for $10,000 for His Classroom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2013

For more information:
Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462- 6390
Bob.Edwards@glenville.edu

Glenville, WV — GOOD and the University of Phoenix have named Glenville State College Graduate Everett Jeremy Rodriguez as one of twenty finalists in the running to win the Great American Teach-Off. The program will award two deserving teachers, one from grades K-6 and one from grades 7-12, with $10,000 classroom grants.

Finalists are now competing for public votes to secure their places as one of America’s most innovative teachers. Contestants will provide video responses to
a series of questions highlighting their creativity and passion in the classroom as well as their positive impact on the greater education community. Voting for ‘The Great American Teach-Off’ began on March 4th and the public can visit http://7to12gato.maker.good.is/ to cast their votes for the finalists. Each week, the field will be narrowed by two finalists based on public votes. The two grant recipients will be named later this spring.

GOOD Worldwide LLC. (www.good.is), launched in September 2006, is an integrated media, thought leadership and community action platform for people
who want to live well and do good, and a community of, by, and for the people, businesses, and NGOs moving the world forward. GOOD’s mission is to
convene, connect, and empower the global community of people.

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, challenging courses and
interactive learning can help students pursue personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold.

Rodriguez graduated from Glenville State College in May 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education. He currently teaches music at Liberty High School in Raleigh County, West Virginia. His Liberty High School Marching Band holds band camp at GSC each summer. Rodriguez also brings many of his students to honor band, percussion ensemble, music fest, plays, and numerous other GSC campus events throughout the year. The Grand Prize is a $10,000 grant for my classroom. I plan to use the funds to purchase a piano lab similar to the one at Glenville State College.

Jeremy Rodriguez (center) poses with the Southern West Virginia Regional Honor Band.

Jeremy Rodriguez (center) poses with the Southern West Virginia Regional Honor Band.

“I am honored to be a Glenville State College trained educator. I credit my education in the Glenville State College Department of Fine Arts as the biggest reason I am able to be recognized as one of the most innovative teachers in the country. This is an opportunity to recognize the many teachers who inspired me in my career. They are the reason I am standing in a national spotlight today. My students and I thank everyone for their support,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez shares music with his students in a way that imparts in them character, responsibility, purpose, and self-motivation. Because block scheduling has reduced the number of students who are able to choose to take band, Rodriguez has built a program for his students that results in life-long musicians and innovatively teaches the whole student. Rodriguez encourages and assists students through the pre-college testing and application process even personally paying for registration test fees and hosting afterschool study groups for them. The result of his efforts creates a college-going mentality in his program: currently 89.5 percent of his program graduates attend an institution of higher education. His students are now collaborating to produce music videos of their own original compositions.

“Jeremy Rodriguez is one of the most innovative and creative teachers that I know. We are extremely proud of his hard work and care for his students. He is a huge supporter of the GSC Department of Fine Arts and the college as a whole. He is truly a Pioneer through and through! We cannot thank him enough for all of his support,” said Lloyd Bone, GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Department Chair.

With the grant money from The Great American Teach-Off, Rodriquez would invest in a computerized piano laboratory with Finale and recording software to
supplement the students’ music education and give them a place where they can compose their own music digitally.

Visit http://7to12gato.maker.good.is/ to cast a Vote for Jeremy Rodriguez for ‘The Great American Teach-Off.’

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