Friend of Education Award (2014)
Nominator: Earl Weinmann (Northfield Middle School)
Honoree: Orlo Otteson (volunteer)
Orlo Otteson is currently in his fourth year of volunteer work with the Northfield Middle School SCOPE program. He is providing advanced composition lessons to our gifted students, and as an editor, is helping them assemble the first general audience Northfield history book.
When Mr. Otteson came to town, he asked the Northfield Historical Society for a volunteer opportunity, one that involved writing and editing. The Society knew I was searching for such help and notified me. I brought him in as an editor but got so much more. His professional writing and editing and teaching skills have greatly enhanced the SCOPE program, and we are fortunate to have had his assistance. He gives our eighth grade students composition lessons, focusing on sentence patterns and generally helping them develop more effective and interesting writing skills. In addition, he works with each student individually, helping them develop their Northfield history chapters. Orlo checks the information for accuracy and proper citations. He helps the students develop themes and transitions, and he weaves together material in ways that make the story flow, as though written by a single author. This labor requires tremendous organization, extensive time commitment, and a good supply of creativity.
Orlo also serves as a master researcher. He provides general research assistance, and he teaches our students research strategies that will prove useful in future endeavors.
Finally, I applaud Orlo for becoming a Middle School ambassador. He has come to know a great many community members, and has extolled the virtues of our middle school student life and the district's devotion to high quality education.
Please welcome Orlo Otteson, a friend of education. He represents the best of educational excellence and partnership.