Katie, TX (KTRK) – Cinco Ranch High School counselor Jeff Roth has earned the nickname “Uber Legend,” and while students learn quickly, he’s not lacking in school spirit.
Cross, the principal at the time, said, ‘What separates you from the different applicants? “And I told him my dress-up day was going strong. I just love how I can see the kids love him,” said Ruth.
When it comes to fashion, Ruth has been a bit of everyone – rock stars, aliens, Santa and the favorite himself – because this makes the connection stronger with his students.
“We joke about them just coming to get Starbursts, but sometimes they’ll start talking. And most of the time, sometimes, I don’t say a word. I just listen to them,” Roth told ABC13. From his office at the ninth-grade center in Cinco.
Roth joined Cinco a year ago, an extended career working with youth that saw him work as a juvenile probation officer and assistant high school principal at Cy-Fair for 15 years. He also worked with children with special needs and coached football and basketball.
“It’s very clear how much he influences the students and how much he cares about them,” said Kendall Tice, a student at the Cinco School. “On the last day of school, I was going to go and say goodbye to him, and he had this huge class of students.”
“He is always thinking of others and always putting others first, thinking about their needs and anything he can do to help anyone,” said Ava Stahl, a student at Cinco.
Stahl saw it on display after Project Separation turned into Operation Houston’s Blanket, where Ruth collected and delivered blankets where he saw firsthand the need as an Uber driver on the streets of Houston.
“I started seeing parts of Houston that I didn’t know existed. I’ve been in Houston for over 50 years, and I didn’t know a lot of these homeless camps existed,” Roth said, explaining that when Ul led the blanket, he received about 300 blanket to distribute.
“Within days, hundreds of blankets were mailed from former athletes and my students that I had owned over the years to former teachers,” he said.
In the summer, bottled water and Gatorade replaced the blankets. But the people he keeps meeting on his travels make this trip and his passion for people so worth the ride.
Scroll through Roth’s Facebook page, and you’ll see his Uber Chronicles, where he’s seen and heard a bit of everything.
“Everyone who gets in the car, everyone immediately wants to tell me every single issue or problem they have, whether it’s with the marriage, whether it’s with their kids, whether it’s a struggle they’re going through with their job or a party,” Roth said. This is literally the real world. It’s just a microcosm in my car of what you see on the news and everyone out there, “I fell in love with it.”
Roth chose Uber driving as a hobby five years ago, a period in his life when he said he made the decision to get healthier and refocus.
It tells of a time when a woman and her two children were riding to the washing machine.
“I had a tip bucket of cash in between my seat,” he began. “I took out all the laundry. I got inside and took every dollar that was there. It was only $18, and I just handed it to her, and I said, ma’am, go wash all your clothes.” I deleted the account and didn’t charge for an Uber ride. But she collapsed and started crying. When I left, I started crying because I thought $18 in my world versus $18 in someone else’s world was a completely different world. And I thought, “Wow, there must be something more that I can do as an individual.”
For Roth, Uber’s consulting and leadership share similarities, especially when it comes to flocking to and encouraging people, whether riders or students, to share their good times and their hardships.
“I know every child goes through these doors, we have to treat them as if they were our own. I care so much about these kids that sometimes the mistakes they make, the things that happen in their home life, affect you individually. You know, it’s nothing We just turn off the lights and start the day and then finally close the day. A lot of it stays with you,” said Roth.
That’s why students want to know when they enter his office that he has invested in their future, and in terms of where they go after graduation, the writing may literally be on the wall, as slogans, signed by the students, continue to fill in the blank. .
“I wanted to celebrate post-secondary accomplishments of some sort, whether it was in the military, whether it was a junior college, or trade school, or whether it was strictly a business. I think it gives hope, especially to a lot of freshmen, kids The second year they come here and they sit down, and we talk about their possible difficulties in class.I want the kids to be able to look up and say, ‘Hey, look, I have the power to get there.’ “It doesn’t have to be Princeton or Harvard,” Roth said. “There are so many options for every child who walks through those doors every day.”
Next stop on this Uber legend tour? Continue to help the most vulnerable in the city.
This year in Operation Houston Blanket, Ruth partnered with Cinco Ranch’s drilling team, Cougar Stars, to help him spread the word about the blanket collection. If you are willing to donate that or other resources like water to share with the homeless and others in need, Ruth’s message on his Facebook page. Roth also plans to reach out to women’s shelters so they can receive these donations as well.
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