Now working at Old Mill Middle South in Millersville, Md., Vezer was named Western Anne Arundel County Teacher of the Year and is described in his nomination as “a truly dedicated educator who goes above and beyond… for his students.”
1. The SUNY Advantage: When employers hear SUNY, they think ‘Oh, that’s awesome.’ In technology education specifically, everyone has heard of SUNY Oswego. My Oswego education has definitely helped me open doors.
2. What did you take away from Oswego: Most of the teachers here chose Tech Ed as a second career and don’t have the background in theory and application that Oswego provided me. Tech Ed is more than bookwork; it’s product based.
3. Student clubs and events: We’ve held trips to the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Visionary Arts Museum. Our SeaPerch underwater rover club placed 2nd and 5th at the U.S. Naval Academy last year. I run the Kinetic Sculpture Race and state award winning robotics clubs like Botball and the First Lego League as well at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Festival.
4. Tell us more about the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Festival: The school-wide festival will host more than 150 student presentations and a dozen guests from around the county to speak about the health of the Chesapeake Bay. It helps raise awareness about pollution in our surroundings.
5. Proudest moment: I was interviewed for a state teaching conference video about making an impact on individual students’ lives (seen below).
6. Early success: I was writing statewide curriculum after just a year when I was 22. That’s when the value of my time at Oswego struck me.
7. Most rewarding part of the job: The students’ expressions. Seeing all of the fun they are having, while learning; of course.
—Tyler Edic ’13