Robert W. Bruesch

In 1974, Robert Bruesch organized KIDPOWER (Kids Interested
in Diligently Preserving Our World’s Environmental Resources), an
outdoor education program which culminated in a free four-day campout
for sixth graders and which earned the State Environmental Merit Award
three times.

As a participant in the state’s first Single Parent Adoption Program,
Bruesch adopted a “difficult to place” boy from Rice School in his
district who had been through 22 placements during his 11 years. In
response to the Los Angeles riots, Bruesch wrote The Shape of Things to
Come, an anti-gang and graffiti musical that also promoted student
community service.

Robert Bruesch organized the Rosemead Boys and Girls Club out of his
garage until the school district offered a room in 1981. He raises
$5,000 annually for the club, has served as its president for 10 years,
and personally took almost 500 boys and girls to summer camp in the High
Sierras free of charge. And Bruesch established the Rosemead
Organization in Support of Youth (ROSY) which buys computers students
whose families cannot afford them and which awards grants to teachers to
start community service programs with students.

Education

Additional hours at Pepperdine University, University of South Dakota, University of California-Los Angeles

1970

Whittier College, Master of Education

1965

Whittier College, Bachelor of Arts, History

Teaching Experience

2001 – Present

Independent Educational Contractor

1980-2001

Willard School, sixth grade bilingual

1979-80

Emerson School, sixth grade bilingual

1971-79

Fern School, fifth and sixth grade

1970-71

Lower Brule Reservation School, Title I Reading Coordinator

1966-70

Gern School, fifth-eighth grades

Special Recognition

2002-Present

National League of Cities Taskforce on Children, Families and Education

2002

PTA Honorary Life Service Award

2000

National Child Labor Committee’s Lewis Hine National Friend of Youth Award

1999

Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award

1992

Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award

1992

State Teacher of the Year semifinalist

1992

Elected to city council

1988

Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award

1988

Elected to city council

1985

UCLA Summer Study Grant

1984

Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award

1984

PTA Life Membership Award

1984

Elected to city council

1983

UCLA Summer Study Grant

1982

UCLA Summer Study Grant

1977

Optimist Man of the Year

1975

Optimist Man of the Year

1975

PTA Life Membership Award

1974

Optimist Man of the Year