Thornapple Kellogg Middle School teacher Rojean Sprague found herself speechless when Steve and Brittany from WCSG radio 91.3 entered her eighth grade classroom one day armed with gifts and surprises.
Sprague was honored as the Hometown Hero, announced today on the radio station.
The station asks listeners to nominate extraordinary people who quietly go about doing their jobs while making a difference in their communities. The station then selects unique individuals to honor each month.
Sprague was nominated by former student Stephanie Kooiman. “I’ve known her for a long time. She has such a positive attitude all the time and a true servant heart,” said Kooiman.
“Wow – I don’t get shocked very often after 21 years working with eighth graders, but I’m shocked. I don’t know what to say,” said Sprague when the surprise visitors entered her room. “This is one of the highlights in my life. I’m very honored and very humbled.”
Sprague teaches history and gives her students lessons they’ll remember for life. Every year, she takes eighth graders to local cemeteries to decorate gravesites of veterans before Memorial Day. Her students work on various service projects, including making care packages for men and women serving in the military.
Sprague sees her classroom as her “mission field.” It’s in front of her students that she models the attributes of caring, giving and respect – attributes she wants her students to follow. “I have joy every day coming to work. This is my mission field. This is where I get to have an impact,” she said. “I’ve never been so moved. This is really wonderful,” she said.