• December 9, 2016

Teacher’s passion for life spills over to his students

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Posted: Friday, December 2, 2016 4:30 am

Ron Sursa’s eyes twinkle and he can hardly contain his excitement as he leans forward in his chair, sharing the multitude of ideas he has to enhance student learning not only at his own school but throughout Copperas Cove Independent School District.

Sursa’s main job is to make sure that any students who need help get the services they need to be successful.

Sursa is the special programs coordinator for Crossroads High School, CCISD’s alternative high school of choice, as well as the Discipline Alternative Education Program.

In his second year with CCISD, he brings a wealth of knowledge about a variety of free programs available for classroom use to ensure student learning is engaging and exciting.

His passion for caring for others and ensuring everyone reaches their full capability make him a perfect fit at Crossroads and DAEP.

Sursa’s job consists of serving those students who come to Crossroads who may have a disability. Sursa is charged with ensuring all students that enroll at Crossroads and DAEP with a learning challenge receive proper accommodations and modifications. He makes sure students with dyslexia are serviced in the areas that help them learn. He also serves non-English speaking students.

On Fridays, Sursa helps with the English Language Learners testing of prekindergarten students at Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy.

Crossroads Principal J. T. Irick said since Crossroads’ students have the opportunity to work at their own pace, much of their coursework is done on the computer.

“Mr. Sursa noticed one of the accommodations some of our students required was not being addressed through the computer and he found a way to ensure the accommodation is given to the students,” Irick said. “Although this may seem like a little thing, it means a whole lot for our students. This little thing just leveled the playing field for these students who require this accommodation.”

Sursa also volunteers as the student council staff sponsor and has encouraged the student council members to become active not only in the community but to also realize that can affect change. The student council is in the process of raising funds to build whisper phones for the students at Mae Stevens. A whisper phone is an acoustical voice-feedback headset that enables children to focus on and hear phonemes as they learn to read.

Sursa also serves as one of the campus United Way representatives for Crossroads. Under his leadership, the campus raised the most money for the United Way campaign in the school’s history.

Irick attributes much of Sursa’s success and positive attitude to balance in his life.

“With the many things Mr. Sursa volunteers and continues to do here at Crossroads, he also is able to meet the demands of his family, is an active member of his church, and is pursuing a Master of Education degree in educational administration.”

Sursa was named the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577 Teacher of the Year in November and advances to the district contest later this month.

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