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University of Chicago Selects Teacher Bruce Rottman for Outstanding Educator Award

October 16, 2019 by Admin
Bruce Rottman

Bruce Rottman, who has taught high school humanities, economics, and American government classes at Providence School for the past 11 years has been selected for the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award.

The distinguished award has existed for over 30 years. First-year students are invited to nominate an educator who has influenced them, challenged them, or helped them along the path toward intellectual growth. Mr. Rottman was nominated by Jake Yonally, Class of 2019, who entered the University of Chicago this fall.

In his nomination letter, Jake wrote, “While my life may have been simpler before I met Mr. Rottman, he enriched my life and turned me into a lifelong learner. I want to thank him for teaching me about ideas, and for showing me why they matter. His class changed my life.”

Besides teaching freshman, sophomore, and senior humanities courses, Mr. Rottman directs the Libertas Honors Scholars Program. Jake was a Libertas Scholar, took all three of Mr. Rottman’s classes, and completed an independent study with him his junior year.

Mr. Rottman earned a B.A. degree in history and secondary education teaching credential at Calvin College and an M.A. degree in international relations at San Francisco State University. He has taught in Christian and independent high schools since 1980, including Naples (Naples, FL) Christian Academy, Contra Costa Christian School (Walnut Creek, CA), Lynden Christian School (Lynden, WA), and Brookfield Academy (Brookfield, WI).

He was the recipient of the NASDAQ Award presented to the top five economic educators in the nation in 2000 and was twice the recipient of awards presented by the Wisconsin Council on Economic Education. He lectures for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) and Young America’s Foundation (YAF). He is a Hansen Fellow with the Acton Institute and participates in education-oriented programs of the Cato Institute.

In a letter to Dr. Tim Loomer, Providence interim head of school, James Nondorf, director of admissions and financial aid at the University of Chicago, wrote “As an institution that prides itself on being committed to the Life of the Mind, we at the University of Chicago are heartened to see that your school fosters and supports such outstanding individuals.”