Two teachers receive district award

Oakmont and Woodcreek high school educators named outstanding
By: Lauren Weber, The Press-Tribune
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Of the five high schools and hundreds of teachers within Roseville Joint Union High School District, two teachers were recently chosen as exceptional teachers. Judith Geduldig, an English teacher at Oakmont High School and Carole Schwab, a math teacher at Woodcreek High School received the Roseville Area Outstanding Teacher Award. Both continue to vie for the title of California Teacher of the Year, but first compete for the Placer County Teacher of the Year in Septemeber. The teachers, on opposite subject and personality spectrums, have proved their teaching skills through almost two decades of teaching each. But what contributes to each of their success is similar – students and coworkers. “It must be a passion and not a job,” Geduldig said. Entering Geduldig’s classroom takes many back to childhood – candid photos of her current students are up on the whiteboard, student’s poems and works are on the wall and her favorite quote, “weird is wonderful” is on the wall above her desk. Even though this is only her third year at Oakmont High School, she has 22 years of teaching experience, including special education and elementary. But the high school level is what she enjoys teaching the most, (“they keep you on your toes,” she said), especially freshman students. “Freshman are open, excited and they match my energy,” she said. “I love their openness. They’re so excited to be in high school.” Teaching high school students, you have to be real or they’ll eat you alive, Geduldig said. And her students can tell she enjoys what she does. Geduldig’s students appear to be glad to be a part of her classroom. “It seems like there is no other place in the world she would want to be but at school teaching. She is strict about the work but extremely outgoing and unpredictable,” said student Paige Rieboldt. Amanda Greenslade, another of Geduldig’s students, agreed with Reiboldt. “Around her is a bubble of weirdness, but that is why I love her. She teaches with heart and soul,” she said. Geduldig and Schwab both have passion for their subject and their students. Schwab has been teaching for 18 years, all within the Roseville Joint Union High School District and has been at Woodcreek for three. After being a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, Schwab went back to school and initially wanted to become an engineer. But said luck played a role in her teaching career. “Ever since then I think I was really, really lucky,” she said. “You fall into something where you can’t imagine your life in any other direction.” Schwab said being named an outstanding teacher for the district is partly owed to the collaboration of Woodcreek’s staff and math department. “While they choose one teacher, all the teachers are working together,” she said. Part of what makes Schwab stand out though, is her classroom environment. She said she brings humor to the serious subject of math. “You get smiles, you get fun,” she said of her classroom. Schwab’s favorite part of teaching is her relationship with her students, which reminds her why she does what she does. “You aren’t teaching a subject, you’re teaching people,” she said. “I just get so much job satisfaction watching them learn.” Neither or these teachers have received an award like this before which makes their success even sweeter. “I was blown away and so honored,” Geduldig said. “I feel incredibly supported here with the fabulous English department.” Other teachers in the running for the Roseville Area Outstanding Teacher Award were Sonja Bertolucci from Independence High School, Kelly Bohren from Oakmont High School, Nate Giorgi from Woodcreek High School, Tamara Givens and Lucy Sakaishi-Judd from Granite Bay High School and Tara Kringel and Lauren Zdybel from Roseville High School.