For nearly a half-century, Robert Manuel Rodrigues – affectionately called “Mr. Rod” by his students young and old – has woken up in the early hours of dawn, driven through two tunnels and over the Fort Pitt Bridge to educate students at Chartiers Valley High School on thinking critically, civic engagement and, most importantly, how to be a good person. This month, Mr. Rod has announced that the 2016-2017 school year will be his last as a full-time teacher.
Mr. Rod left an indelible legacy at Chartiers Valley High School. He mentored hundreds of young teachers who were starting out their careers. He coached championship baseball teams. He organized and facilitated the Annual Flag Raising Ceremony and the Annual Vietnam Symposium. Mr. Rodrigues initiated, coordinated, and facilitated the “College in the High School” program through which over 3,000 Chartiers Valley High School students obtained college credits. He crafted and led the Leadership Assistant Program for Chartiers Valley High School Seniors. He conceived of and guided Chartiers Valley students in the dedication of a series of memorial plaques honoring area residents who perished in war. And last, but not least, Mr. Rodrigues touched over 10,000 students with lessons about the importance of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship through the lessons of history.
Mr. Rod will undoubtedly continue to share his knowledge and passion for history with all those he encounters. We, as the Board of Directors of The Robert M. Rodrigues Fund, pledge to work with Mr. Rod to continue to inspire people of all ages to further their knowledge of the past and – via the Annual Robert M. Rodrigues Fund “Good Citizen” Award – reward students who better their communities for the future.
The Board of Directors of The Robert M. Rodrigues Fund