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2003 - David Roberts

Tuesday, May 20, 2008   (0 Comments)
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Oklahoma Christian University is proud to feature David Roberts in the Alumni Spotlights section of AlumNews. David graduated OC in 2003 and is currently teaching English at Mount St. Mary High School in Oklahoma City.

Degree? Bachelor of Science in Education

Major? English Education

What are you most known for? My hope is that others recognize my continued efforts to be a good role model for young people, particularly young men who are told--both by culture and their other role models--that being a "man" requires a specific and exclusive set of behaviors and attitudes. Instead, I want young men to know that they can display strength, masculinity, and independence while also expressing wonder, discovering beauty, and displaying tenderness. This isn't as simple as saying that men can enjoy both college football and poetry (though we certainly can); rather, it's an acknowledgement that while God has ordained distinctions between genders, we shouldn't replace God's voice with culture's voice in that regard.

What is your true calling? Being an educator is incredibly worthwhile and rewarding, though it's certainly not without it's challenges. My students commonly ask me what I would do if I could have any job in the world, or some similar form of that question. My response is (almost--some days it's really hard to be a teacher!) always the same: I'd be teaching high school English at Mount St. Mary.

How'd you find this calling? My inspiration came from my own senior English teacher at Wills Point High School. Tim Mabe showed me the power of literature and a good teacher. My professors at OC, both in the English and education departments, helped confirm that calling.

What is your proudest moment? My wedding this past November 10 is definitely number 1. When my brother decided to give his life to Christ, he asked me to baptize him, and that is definitely 1A.

What is the biggest professional or personal hurdle that you've overcome? Going through life this good looking. Just kidding. Sort of. No, really, just kidding. Any response I can think of seems to trivialize really difficult hurdles like debilitating physical illnesses or traumatic family experiences. However, my first year of teaching, which was in a place far from family and friends, was incredibly difficult. But it's turned out to be an important experience: if I can make it throught those 9 months, I can make it through pretty much anything professionally.

What is something people should know about you that is not on your resumé? I have fantastic family, both my own and the one I've married into. My mom's my hero, my brother's got the biggest heart in the world, and my in-laws treat me like their own.

Life's motto? Never play cards with someone named after a city, never get less than 12 hours of sleep, and never date someone with a tattoo of a dagger on their arm. You keep up with those, everything else is cream cheese.

Teamwork or fly solo? Teamwork: Less Me, More We!

How do you plan to self improve? Physical health has become more and more important to me as I approach the big 3-0. I definitely took my health for granted through my mid-twenties, and now I am trying to change my lifestyle. My diet is changing and so are the amount and intensity of my physical activities.

What advice do you have for future generations? Be good stewards of the earth.

Describe yourself in 3 words? Ridiculously good looking. (just kidding...again) Seriously: Reflective, Intelligent, Easygoing

Causes you support? I'm not officially with any cause, but I have started changing some seemingly small habits to become more green. I use fewer paper towels, tell the cashiers at Wal-Mart that I don't need a plastic bag for my loaf of bread and carton of ice cream, forego plastic and styrofoam cups, refuse to idle my truck for longer than 10 seconds...again, seemingly small things that can add up.

How do you spend your down time? I read. A lot. Magazines, books, blogs, websites, road signs, you name it, I read it.

What are you working toward? I am working toward becoming a teacher of teachers. I'd like to become a presenter at College Board and NCTE (National Council for Teachers of English) workshops.

How will you make your mark? I am with Mother Theresa on this one: to paraphrase, she said we may not all be able to do great things, but we can all do small things with great love. And that's my aim: do small things with great love.

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