VIDEO: Fulbright award for Roxhill Elementary teacher Mike Popelka

That video produced by Seattle Public Schools features Mike Popelka, who’s been teaching at Roxhill Elementary in West Seattle for seven years. He’s being spotlighted on the district website right now for receiving a prestigious Fulbright Award, which will take him to The Netherlands:

… Popelka recently accepted a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching grant. The longtime kindergarten teacher is one of only 45 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad this year through Fulbright’s teaching program.

While in The Netherlands, Popelka will study the Dutch educational system – specifically how the system supports minority and immigrant students. Later, he plans to translate his study into practice both at Roxhill and across the district. His goal is to help find a way to help eliminate opportunity gaps for his students and all students.

Popelka officially received the award in June. See the full SPS writeup about it here.

7 Replies to "VIDEO: Fulbright award for Roxhill Elementary teacher Mike Popelka"

  • AmandaKH December 16, 2016 (7:23 pm)

    Mike!  So proud of you, and so excited for you.  Wishing you, Sarah and the kids the very best on your travels, have fun – and we will see you when you get back.

  • JRR December 16, 2016 (7:46 pm)

    Amazing teacher. We’re so fortunate. Thanks, Mike! 

  • Jeanette Hitch December 16, 2016 (9:46 pm)

    Mr. Popelka is rad.

  • Bonnie December 16, 2016 (10:48 pm)

    This is wonderful.  My son went to Roxhill for preschool and Kindergarten and the teachers are wonderful.

  • Mary December 17, 2016 (12:58 am)

    Roxhill is a school full of hope and innovative staff. My daughter has benefitted immensely from this dynamic, compassionate and engaging community. Yeah, Mike!!!   

  • Chris December 17, 2016 (4:55 pm)

    Congratulations, Mike.  Your colleagues are very proud of you!  Hope you have a tremendous time.  

  • Craig December 18, 2016 (1:31 am)

    Way to go Mike!  Hope we all get a chance to find out what you bring back.  

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