“I am blessed to work with an amazing group of teachers and many of them could have been chosen for this award,” McCallum says. He is honored to receive this award from the local chamber as he grew up in a small business, “I have a lot of respect for local business owners. My parents owned a small town auto supply store for 20 years. The support I have received from local businesses over the years has been amazing.”
McCallum has partnered with several local businesses to tie into the STEM, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) courses he teaches which are Civil Engineering, Design & Modeling and Lean Manufacturing. “I have a chance to help students get a sense of what engineering or STEAM careers are really all about. My students and I also get a chance to learn from subject area experts that visit our class as well as on go on field trips. We have developed some awesome partnerships with local businesses,” McCallum says.
OMS Principal Melissa Koenig and her staff see how he is positively impacting students and student learning, “Dave does an excellent job of utilizing outside resources and making learning relevant. He provides opportunities for students to connect to the outside world,” Koenig says.
McCallum has been teaching at Otsego Public Schools for 18 years. Teaching has its challenges, but McCallum says it’s definitely a rewarding career, “My students make me smile every day. I am privileged to have the opportunity to share my experiences and skills with my students. Seeing a student ‘get it’ for the first time is one of my favorite things about teaching.”
McCallum has also been a student himself in the last several years attending professional development and specialized training for the STEM/STEAM courses. They include:
- Project Lead the Way Core Training
- Denso Quality Tools Training
- Denso Engineer Job Shadowing
- IChallengeUth Training
- IChallengeUth Problem Solving Program
McCallum also serves on the Otsego Public Schools STEAM Partnership Team made up of school staff, community members and businesses in that industry, “Being part of this team has given me the opportunity to network with local business professionals. This is where many of my partnerships with local experts began. I have has some great opportunities to learn from some amazing people in recent years.”
McCallum received his Associates Degree from KVCC in drafting; Bachelor’s Degree from WMU in Industrial Technology with a minor in metal trades. He has a Master’s Degree from WMU in Career and Technical Education and holds a professional teaching certificate as well as a Vocational/Occupational certificate.