Friend of Education Award
Nominator: Earl Weinmann (Northfield MN Middle School)
Honoree: Orlo Otteson (volunteer)
Orlo Otteson is currently in the fourth year, working with the Northfield Middle School SCOPE Program. He is providing advanced composition lessons to our gifted students, and as an editor, 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. They 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 into more careful and interesting writers. In addition, he works with each student individually, helping them with their Northfield history chapters. Orlo checks the information for accuracy and proper bibliographic notation. He helps the students develop the themes and transitions that allow the book to flow, as if written by a single author. This labor requires tremendous organization, extensive time commitment, and creativity.
Orlo also serves as a master researcher. He is instrumental in locating sources that assist the students in their research. His dedication to fitting together the subject matter in ways that capture the student's wishes and the book's needs is commendable. He doesn't merely conduct outside research, but also teaches our students research strategies that they can use in future projects and activities.
Finally, I applaud Orlo for becoming an ambassador to the Middle School. He has come to know a great many community members and has extolled the virtues of our middle school students and the district's devotion to high quality education.
Please welcome Orlo Otteson as a friend of education. He represents the best of educational excellence and partnership.