Kyle Bjorback | Teacher | one. John F. Cruikshank

Bjorback named Dec. 2018 COSP Educator of the Month

Congratulations to Kyle Bjorback, the December 2018 Educator of the Month from SJCOE’s County Operated Schools and Programs (COSP)!  Kyle is in his sixth year of teaching and currently works at our one. John F. Cruikshank site. Here is what Kyle has to say about his experience as an educator:

What do you love about teaching? 

I love getting to work with young people as they figure things out and learn true things about themselves and their lives that boost their self-image and self-efficacy. When a student encounters something new and true, and a light bulb turns on, those are moments I enjoy being a part of.


Why did you choose a career in education? 

Working at the Boys and Girls Club in south Seattle after college, I saw a huge need for kids to improve their academics in order to improve their thinking, outlook, and opportunities. I began to broaden my focus and look for ways to support students in their academic ventures.


What is the best thing that has happened in your classroom in the past month? 

I was able to get a classroom kit for dissecting owl pellets (as well as the approval needed to use the tools and do the lab in the classroom on the unit), and the students enjoyed learning about owls and the processes of digestion and pellet formation, and they loved excavating and identifying the bones of little critters found in the pellets.


What are your students most surprised to learn about you? 

Students are surprised when they learn I've lived abroad in Aden, Yemen and Bangkok, Thailand. They are also surprised when I play basketball with them on the rec yard that I actually have some skills.


Who was your favorite teacher as a child? Why? 

I had several great teachers in my Junior year of high school that affected my trajectory, but my English teacher, in particular, challenged and inspired me to think differently about life and learning. With his guidance, I began to think more critically, beyond passively regurgitating information and toward making broader connections and applying my learning in other areas of life.

Posted: 2/14/2019