Author Archives: Bob Serdar

May 20

Salmon Creek man volunteers to strengthen STEM in Philly

As a member of my community back home in Vancouver WA, my hope is that friends, neighbors and customers better understand how I and GSK contribute to strengthening the education system in Philadelphia. Following is an article that recently appeared in the local paper. Published: May 14, 2014, 5:59 AM Salmon Creek — Bob Serdar, […]

March 18

My Day at Roxborough High School

A Day in High School Today I spent the day in a High Needs Philadelphia Public School, Roxborough High. In its hay day, Roxborough housed 2,000 students. Today that number has decreased to an enrollment of 600 due to the proliferation of charter schools in the Philadelphia metro area. As enrollment decreases, money to support […]

March 18

Resident Selection Day- March 15th 2014

Selection Day- March 8th, 2014 This past Saturday on March 8th, I worked alongside colleagues at the Philadelphia Teacher Residency during Selection Day held at Drexel University. The purpose was to select the 2014 cohort of math and science teacher “Residents.” Candidates were evaluated by individuals from Philadelphia Teacher Residency, Drexel University and students. During […]

March 18

A winters welcome to Philadelphia

My first week in Philly- 5 degrees and 13 inches of snow!

January 31

Why I decided to volunteer at Philadelphia Education Fund

Previously when I heard the term, “Residency”, my first thought was a medical residency. What I have learned is that a teacher residency is similar to a medical residency in that it offers hands on experience applying learnings while balancing a full schedule of studies for one-year. Teacher residencies prepare teachers for the realities that […]

Welcome to a Philadelphia winter!

January 21st- 5 degrees and 13 inches of snow!

January 31

Heading to Philadelphia

New Years Eve 2013, my wife Cyndy, dog Zoopy and I started on a 2800 mile driving adventure from Vancouver WA to Philadelphia PA to start my Pulse program with the Philadelphia Education Fund, January 10th- June 2014. Friends and colleagues scratched their heads when told we intended to drive cross-country over the Rocky Mountains […]