Rashuan Rosario, Devante Teel
Bunnell High School, Stratford CT
12:50 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
Dr. Wrubel has done many things in his life time. He is an accomplished author of Word Speaking, a non-fiction book of poems. He was also a podiatrist in private practice here for many years until eight years ago when he made a career change.
It would appear that he made the right decision when he changed careers, and became a biology teacher at Bunnell. “I did a lot of good when I was practicing medicine. This is the one job that really allows me to express all of my interest” said Dr. Wrubel. He also is the adviser of a club called S.K.A.T.E.N.G., which is an acronym that means students karing about the environment, nature, and gardening.
A student named Celeste Burnett is a part of S.K.A.T.E.N.G. Club and said “In that club you just recycle stuff around the school. Without us recycling all the stuff like all those water bottles that the whole entire school uses and does not recycle it will like not help the world.”
His enthusiasm for science is so obvious that the state Department of Education announced that Dr. Wrubel is one of four Connecticut teachers nominated as a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, the highest recognition that an American math or science teacher can receive.
This same award was won last year by CT's teacher of the year, Ms. Kristen Record, one of Dr. Wrubel collogues at Bunnell. Dr. Wrubel said “ She nominated me for the award and after being nominated I had to go through a application process.”Stratford Teacher
Dr. Wrubel will find out if he was selected for the presidential award sometime later this spring.