Science teacher Rob Royer made a difference |

Science teacher Rob Royer made a difference

Jessica HellerDenver (formerly of Breckenridge)

Finally, the end of the 2004-2005 school year has come and many are moving on to other communities. As many already know from a previous article, several teachers will no longer teach at Summit High School; they will all be greatly missed.One teacher in particular completely stands out in my mind as I write this; his name is Rob Royer and he has taught several sciences at the high school in the past four years.Some may have never had him and never experienced his amazing ability to get students to learn, no matter who they were or what they were like.He was an asset to the school and deserves recognition for his genuine respect and care for his students.Not only did he turn my delinquent attitude, not to mention grades, around, but during the one year I did not have him as a teacher, he followed me around and made sure that I kept my grades up because he just knew that I could do so much better and become somebody someday.I know he did not just do this for me, but just about all of his other pupils.Whether they appreciate him as much as I do, I don’t know, but what I know is that he gave it his all as more than just a teacher, but as a friend.It is not everyday that someone can declare there has been a teacher in his or her life that has backed them up beyond an educator’s regular duties instructing adolescents.Those of us that have experienced such a gift know that even a subject as boring as physical science was turned into something incredibly intriguing.Royer was this teacher for me and I will never forget his wall of “stupid things kids said during class.” Of course, I was never on it, but that is what makes it all so absurd and everyone knows it.Although he was making fun of his students and tormenting their reputations, everyone knew it was all amusing and feelings were never hurt. I couldn’t thank him more because now, as a 2005 graduate, I can say I made it due to his compassion toward me and tons of other students. We’ll miss him more than he will ever know.

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