Rustin Buck, German Embassy Teacher of Excellence
Monday, December 16, 2013
Posted by: AATG
Rustin Buck, of Clements High School
in Sugar Land, Texas, received the German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award at the AATG’s recent meeting in Orlando. The
award is granted by the German Embassy to up-and-coming German teachers for
excellence in teaching, creativity, outstanding dedication, and enthusiasm for
the German language.
Rustin Buck excels in helping
students make connections with the world through the German language and
culture. He and his students use German almost exclusively in the classroom.
Rustin Buck employs a range of different activities and resources – online
newscasts, plays, posters, videos, phone messages – to sharpen students’
Students and their families gain valuable intercultural
experience though the GAPP exchange and a sister city exchange with Leipzig.
Rustin Buck organizes Houstonfest, a regional German student
competition, which promotes German throughout the area. He regularly
collaborates with other teachers, and is an active member of the Houston AATG
A parent writes, "We are greatly indebted to Mr. Buck for
his ability to use a variety of methods and techniques to teach German, but
more so for his never-ending passion to infuse his students with valuable life
lessons in pursuit of that knowledge.” A colleague says with admiration,
"Rustin Buck is the epicenter of all things German in the Houston area.”