Newberg is one of those small towns growing so fast it might be easy to forget the people and places which make the community so exceptional. I was born in Newberg and attended George Fox University where I was trained as a teacher. Now I am a science specialist and co-direct many of the outdoor schools that Newberg students attend. I know Newberg well. My father Clyde raised us to have an interest and genuine appreciation for local history and the people who make our community great.
I am an elementary school teacher and I believe our world of smartphones and touch screens is desperately in need of Glen Mills’ continued legacy. Students of all ages can not learn from touch screens alone. New research is being produced showing the dangers of exposing young children to excessive screen time. Kids need hands-on and tactile activities to develop as healthy and prosperous community members. I have seen adults benefit from this critical thinking as well. One of Glen’s tricks is making learning so engaging and fun students of all ages forget they are doing hard work.
As far as Glen can remember he has been taking his Gismos to the Newberg Old Fashioned Festival and the Oregon State Fair for more than 20 years. When did you first see his Gismos or meet Glen? Grandparents have now benefited from his life’s work as have their children and grandchildren.
Inspiring students to STEAM ahead.