Nathan Roberge was nominated by an anonymous parent of a student.
Mr. Roberge is one of those teachers who kids love and staff look up to. His nominator had the pleasure of not only working with him, but seeing the difference he made in her children's lives throughout middle school. Mr. Roberge took her son under his wing as a sixth grader, and was a shoulder to lean on through a very difficult couple of years.
"He quite literally was one of the few who helped save my son from himself in seventh grade," the nominator said.
As a freshman, the nominator's son still talks about Mr. Roberge, and about how he played a key role in his success and survival.
"Nate literally got my son through days where he was so depressed and anxious, that neither of us know if he'd have made it without the casual check-ins and chats," the nominator said. "They don't see each other every day now, but check in when it's needed, and my son knows that he asks about him. Nate set a great example for how to carry yourself and cope with anxiety for my son, and he will always have a lot of respect for him for that."
Mr. Roberge is wonderful colleague who respects his co-workers, regardless of what their job is. He values the opinions and ideas of support staff and trusts people's judgement. He is a fun person to work with, and makes learning fun for the kids, which makes the day better for them. Mr. Roberge is a role model for teachers, coaches and students.
A few years ago, Mr. Roberge took on the role of a special education paraprofessional in the summer school program. It opened his eyes to the struggles of so many students. He has applied what he learned to his daily life, and is encouraging others to stop and take a moment to reflect on what students go through just to be at school on a daily basis. Mr. Roberge is now a lead teacher in the program and has a huge impact on every child. Staff love him, and students look forward to going to school to see him.
"It's not often that you come across someone who can impact so many on such a deep level; but Nate has," the nominator said. "I am forever grateful for what he has done and continues to do for my son, and me. His support of my son has given me hope because I see Nate connecting with him and working hard to keep an open platform of communication. Every big thing in his life is followed with, 'Tell Mr. Roberge that!' If the world had more teachers like him, school would be a different place."