Author and creative writing teacher Ron Rozelle has been named Distinguished Educator of the Year for 2017 by Sam Houston State University College of Education. This award is the highest honor the college bestows upon its alumni.
The Distinguished Educator of the Year award recognizes and honors alumni educators who have made a significant contribution to the field of education - demonstrating expertise or outstanding service in the classroom, school, district and community.
Rozelle is the author of nine books, among them Into That Good Night
, a memoir, The Windows of Heaven
, a novel of the 1900 Galveston storm, A Place Apart
, a novel set in modern day Ohio, Warden: Death
and Life in the Texas Prison System
, coauthored with Jim Willett, and Description & Setting: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Believable World of People, Places, and Events
, a volume in the Writer’s Digest Write Great Fiction series. He is also the editor of Image Magazine, a county publication in Brazoria County.
Rozelle earned his Bachelor of Arts with endorsements from Sam Houston State with degrees in English and Political Science and received his teaching certification from the College of Education.
BISD counselor Darla Fagan nominated Rozelle for this honor. Ron has been teaching now for 40 years, all but four at Brazoswood High School in Brazosport Independent School District. Ron has been the creative writing teacher as well as senior English teacher. “Mr. Rozelle has had a tremendous impact on students and adults for many years,” said Superintendent Danny Massey
Mr. Rozelle is the example of why Sam Houston State University established this award to honor those alumni who exhibit the Sam Houston University motto everyday – “The measure of a Life is its Service.”
Mr. Rozelle feels his greatest accomplishments besides his family are the lives he has influenced and changed with teaching high school students to learn and to love writing and be changed intrinsically from reading, thinking and writing creatively their thoughts, feelings, interpretations and ideas. He basically has lived his life dedicated to the service of teaching young people who many are now established adults living their lives in service as well. Mrs. Brandyn Hargrove, Brazoswood English Department Chair and Mr. Matt Pyeatt, Brazoswood Assistant Principal A-D (10-12th), both were taught by Mr. Rozelle and were thrilled that he was awarded this prestigious award. Tyler Jones, Brazoswood Senior, expressed that Mr. Rozelle has helped him deal with losses in his life and discover how he desires to use writing as a means to help others.
Ron Rozelle was recognized by SHSU during a ceremony held March 4 at the College of Education awards ceremony in Houston.