Warren Shaw In Oswego Teacher Spotlight

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OSWEGO, NY – Each month an Oswego teacher is in the spotlight for the outstanding service they provide to students.

This month, Warren Shaw has been selected for the honor.

Oswego High School technology teacher works with students on the 2008-09 edition of The Paradox.
Oswego High School technology teacher works with students on the 2008-09 edition of The Paradox.

Shaw has been employed in the Oswego City School District for 21 years.

During his tenure in Oswego he has served students as a driver education teacher, technology teacher and building principal.

He is currently a technology teacher at Oswego High School and serves as the OMS/OHS Technology Team Leader.

In addition to teaching at OHS, Shaw is also the Photography Club advisor, the Interact Club Advisor, the Co-Advisor for the Yearbook, the Co-Advisor for the Junior Class and the varsity boys basketball coach.

Shaw grew up in Oswego and earned his Associates Degree in Automotive Engineering from Morrisville College.

He went on to earn his BS in Industrial Arts Education, MS in Technology Education and his CAS in Education Administration all from SUNY Oswego.

When asked what the favorite part of his job is, Shaw responded, “I get excited the most when I watch students work together, using concepts and practices they have learned in my classroom, to collaborate, problem solve, create and as a team complete a difficult task successfully.”

A visit to his classroom finds actively engaged high school students working on the 2009 yearbook (The Paradox).

During the class he reviews a variety of examples from outstanding yearbooks that were winners at the ‘Columbia University Scholastic Press Association Crown Awards’ or the ‘Empire State Scholastic Press Awards from Newhouse School at Syracuse University.’

Several examples from previous Oswego High School yearbooks are among the winners as The Paradox has won Gold Level awards for the last three years at Syracuse University and for the last two years has won a Bronze award at the National level at Columbia University.

In addition to being hands-on and engaging Shaw’s lesson is also a vocabulary-rich example that models good and appropriate use of subject-specific terminology including: secondary coverage, themes, graphic artists, modular design, division spreads and contemporary writing styles.

The students in this class are each assigned a section of the yearbook to work on and are organized into teams.

Each team has a leader that in turn works with the editor and chief of the yearbook.

Students in this class deal with real time deadlines, budgets and responsibilities all artfully managed by Shaw and his co-advisor Chris Mangano.

He is excited about the opportunity to integrate all types of technology into his daily lessons.

Shaw notes, “Technology, for me, is not only a classroom tool but also an integral part of my curriculum. My students learn to use technology effectively to enhance the skills and talents they already possess. By doing so, I know they are being prepared to be successful in a world that changes technologically almost on an hourly basis.”

He continues, “Today’s students are multi-sensory learners that are bombarded with multi-media influences every day. By using those same technological tools in the classroom, teachers can compete for their attention on a level playing field.”

During his free time Shaw enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and taking photographs.

He also owns a large building in the city that you can find him working on when he is not in school.

Shaw and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 32 years.

Lisa is the owner of the Oswego Tea Company and Golden Gate Bridal.

They have three children who are all graduates of Oswego High School.

Sons, Jon and Justin, live in San Diego and daughter, Sarah, lives in Oswego and manages the Oswego Tea Company.

To Warren Shaw teaching is not only about teaching academic skills, but about teaching students the necessary skills to actively and responsibly contribute to society.

He said, “I treat my students like adults and I expect them to perform at a high level for themselves, not for me … my students must work through a series of successes and failures to achieve a tangible completion to actually have something to show for their efforts. This might be as simple as a photograph or as complex as a yearbook, but it is the process that gets them there from which they learn.”

For all that he has done to integrate technology into his classroom and to educate, engage and excite the students at Oswego High School he is being recognized as 2008 October Teacher Spotlight.