Authored by: JD Green, Program Manager for Juvenile Receiving Center and Crisis Residential
We are pleased to introduce our new teachers for the Crisis Residential classroom!
Robert “OZ” Osbourne is a seasoned educator with over 31 years of teaching and coaching experience and comes to us from the Granite School District Observation and Assessment Program. He is thankful to be given the ability and the passion to teach children who are in crisis and those that have mental and psychological problems.
He feels that these are children other people have given up on. “They’re the kids who cause burnout in many teachers, the ones whose behavior suggests they’re not serious about getting on track and becoming productive adults.” But his approach is one of making connections and bridge building: he sticks with these kids and he knows how to build significant levels of trust with his students.
Over the years he has had a positive impact on a tremendous amount of at-risk youth and consequently helped guide them back into the community where they have become productive members of society. In his spare time he enjoys family time, working out, yard work, building muscle cars and playing ball with his beloved dachshund, Suzi Cuteness.
A few of the honors and recognition OZ has received include, twice awarded Superstar in Education Honors by KSL News and Radio, 2016 Recipient of KUED/UEA Excellence in Teaching Award.
Our other teacher is Van Vuong, he is a math teacher for the YESS program, and we are really to have him this year. He graduated from the University of Utah with a major in Math, and has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
He has taught in the secondary level for twenty years, the past five years being at Observation and Assessment. His interests are cycling, golfing, and playing chess with his two kids.
Apart from that, he is always on a quest to meet new people and learn about their interests and culture. He hopes to make this academic year an educational as well as a fun-filled year for the students. He is looking forward to meeting and getting to know each student and staff at Youth Services.
Thank you both for joining us! This will be an unforgettable experience 🙂