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Prof Recognized as Outstanding Educator

Professor Tom Roose, Ph. D., was surprised at the news that he had received an Outstanding Educator award through Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

Roose, associate professor of physics and science education at Trinity, was nominated by IIT student Joshua Evenhouse, a former student of Roose’s in both mathematics and science at Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights, Illinois. Roose taught at the school for six years, proposing new courses in math and science, then developing the curriculum for teaching them.

The award recognizes former high school teachers of IIT students and honors educators who have been instrumental in students’ academic, extracurricular, and personal growth throughout their high school careers.

“When I was teaching at Chicago Christian, I knew Joshua valued me as his teacher, and I valued him,” said Roose, “but it was still a surprise to receive the award.”

Caring about students, enabling them to become lifelong critical thinkers, and helping them learn how to make connections between classroom material and external events encompass Roose’s philosophy of education.

“It is uplifting as an educator to know you have positively influenced a student,” he said.

Roose earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. To learn more about this outstanding Trinity professor, read his online faculty profile:


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