Our Superintendent Spotlight for the month of December is Dr. Bruce Borchers who is currently serving his fourth year as Director of Schools in Oak Ridge.
Dr. Borchers was excited to share about his districts Project Based Learning (PBL) initiatives. One example he listed was the partnership between Robertsville Middle Schools and NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI), which provides access to a low-cost pathway for conducting research and deploying small payloads in a ride-share format. Students participating in this program hope to have their 3-D printed CubeSat in space next year!
He was also extremely proud that Oak Ridge ranked number 1 in the state of Tennessee in the Niche 2017 Best School Districts. This ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents, using data from the U.S. Department of Education.
Finally, when asked what his favorite part of his job is, Dr. Borchers said: "The biggest motivating factor for me is the ongoing pursuit of offering pathways for our students so they are successful once they walk across the stage at graduation. We continue to be focused on our Seven Keys to College and Career Readiness, and will not be satisfied until we attain these lofty goals."
Keep up the great work you're doing for Oak Ridge Schools, Dr. Borchers!