UP teacher earns Teacher of the Month

UP’s Elder recognized as Route 103 Teacher of the Month
Posted on 11/14/2018

University Preparatory teacher Dr. Gary Elder has been recognized this month as the Walter Clark Legal Group/Route 103 KVFG Teacher of the Month.


Elder was honored in his classroom recently and awarded a $500 check from Route 103 and the Walter Clark Legal Group.


Elder has worked as a science teacher in the district for 18 years, including stints at Cobalt Middle School and Hook Junior High before teaching at UP for more than a decade. He currently teaches microbiology, anatomy and medical pathology.


He said it’s still a mystery who nominated him.


“I asked the kids, and they all laughed and said it wasn’t them,” Elder said. “At first I thought it was a mistake or something. It was a shock.”


Elder, who is also a board member for the Victor Elementary School district, will be announced on the radio as the Teacher of the Month.


“To me, I like the idea that University Prep is going to be on the radio,” Elder said. “We have great teachers at this school. I’m not the best teacher here. (But) somebody thought enough of me to nominate me. ... I have great students. Kids who enjoy learning, kids who know what they want to do with their lives, for the most part. They’re a just a joy to work with.”


According to one of those students, the award is well-deserved.


“Dr. Elder is a great teacher,” said Brianna Gomez, a junior at UP. “He’s really involved with all of his students. … He gets to know every student and builds a personal connection.”

Any K-12 teacher at an accredited public or private Victor Valley area school can be nominated to become the Walter Clark Legal Group/Route 103 KVFG Teacher of the Month. A winner will be selected each month, and once nominated, a teacher is qualified to be drawn each month.
Nominations are accepted throughout the school year. To nominate a teacher, visit https://103theroute.radio.com/contest/route-103s-teacher-month#// and fill out the form explaining why they deserve to be recognized in 100 words or less. Each monthly winner is announced on Route 103 KVFG.
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