Chenango Stories: A hero in the classroom, and on the battlefield

Editorís Note: People in the Chenango community perform extraordinary feats under extraordinary circumstances every day. Oftentimes they go unnoticed or unappreciated; this series will put the spotlight on those people whose compelling stories you might not otherwise hear.

By Jill Osterhout

Sun Staff Writer

Bruce Rounds grew up literally all over the country. Being the son of a Navy serviceman, he was born in Hawaii but relocated several times over a total of 14 years throughout his early childhood. The family lived in Rhode Island, New Mexico, Maryland, California, New York, Virginia and more.



When Bruceís father retired, the family moved to Copenhagen, N.Y. in Lewis County. After graduating high school, Rounds joined the Army and served for a year before attending West Point, the United States Military Academy, for a year. Rounds says being part of the military is a family tradition.

ďThe service has always been a major thing in my life,Ē said Rounds.

He went onto the State University of New York at Oswego and received a double bachelorís degree in history and political science. Rounds completed his bachelorís and masterís degrees within six years and decided he wanted to teach. Starting in Oswego schools, he served as a substitute teacher for six months. He decided teaching was right for him and moved south to work for the Sherburne-Earlville district, where he has been teaching now for 20 years.


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