Fishburne Military School teacher recognized for innovation in education

Published: Apr. 24, 2017 at 10:37 PM EDT
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A Valley teacher is getting some attention for his creative and innovative ways, after starting a program to get his students to think critically through video games.

"I never really actually planned to be a teacher," said Sgt. Kenneth Glass, a Fishburne Military School technology teacher.

But that was before he would be nominated by the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council for coming up with a creative way of better understanding computers and the logistics.

"The information can be rather dry so I wanted something that really kind of spoke to them," said Glass. "So I came up with the idea of having them build a video game from the ground up."

The students have created two simple video games so far in the class which Sgt. Glass showed off to WHSV.

He even said he has been able teach more than the standard one or two programming languages.

"So this class has actually learned at least the basics of four different languages," Glass said.

He said finding a job in Waynesboro felt like a perfect match.

"Working at a military school, dealing with things that were so familiar to me and still feeling like I'm making a difference," Glass said. "Honestly, I think that played a big part in how much effort I put into it."

He said he will continue to put in that effort in order to see the students succeed.

"If we respect them, treat them as the young adults that they are, give them the tools to succeed, they'll blow our minds with the most amazing things that we could have ever imagined," said Glass.

Sgt. Glass said he is looking forward to bringing new ideas to the table this fall.

The award ceremony will be during the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's Tech Nite which will be held at James Madison University on May 3rd.

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