Colissa Brogden was named the 2019-2020 Eric Scott Compassion Award winner at Great Oaks Career Campuses in December. Brogden, an English Instructor at Diamond Oaks Career Campus, was recognized for her positive impact on students and her efforts to create an environment of respect, success, and equity for others.
The award was created to posthumously honor Eric Scott, a long-time Information Technology technician at Great Oaks. Scott
helped to create the district’s Equity Councils and he was known for his passion and desire to create an environment of respect, success and equity for students, staff and all who came in contact with Great Oaks. The award was presented by Scott’s wife and family on December 11 at the annual Great Oaks Education Foundation dinner.
Brogden incorporates larger lessons into students’ work. For instance, in a recent classroom project, her students worked with the Ohio Innocence Project and utilized Arthur Miller’s The Crucible to examine the justice system and their own biases, and then students advocated for an equitable justice system by addressing the needs of individuals in their communities. In November, she created an opportunity for students to “Be the Change” where, individually or in small groups, the students identified and investigated a need in their own communities, and proposed solutions. These students then planned and took an immediate action towards issues of homelessness, Illiteracy, single parenting, support and comfort for the elderly, and more.
Brogden, who has taught at Great Oaks since 2009 was nominated by Teaching and Learning Specialist Lauren Lillenstein, who wrote “Colissa Brogden uses literature, authentic experiences, and service learning to promote a culture of equity and respect among her students. She ensures that every student’s voice matters and that opinions are always respected, even if they aren’t the popular majority. She teaches students how to listen to beliefs and ideas that our different than their own and question rather than accuse. Colissa creates learning experiences that students will carry with them throughout their lives.”
“Brogden’s passion as an educator has not only touched the lives of her students and colleagues,” wrote Lillenstein, “She’s making an impact on the greater community at large.”