FONTANA, CA – Fontana School Police Department Officer Glen A. Johnsen has been honored with the 2021 Innovation in the Classroom Award, receiving national recognition for his creative approach to teaching students about safe driving.
The annual accolade, awarded by the National Road Safety Foundation and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), recognizes a police officer for their innovative teaching of traffic safety in schools.
Johnsen was presented the award during the NASRO School Safety Conference, held July 11 to 16 in Orlando, Fla.
Johnsen’s award-winning approach features a computer game, developed with computer science students at Summit High School, that uses role-playing to demonstrate the potential consequences of bad driving decisions – including texting, reckless driving and driving under the influence. Students earn school parking pass privileges when they pass the game.
Johnsen, who has served as a school resource officer in Fontana Unified for 12 years, said he hopes to share the computer game with other school districts as an educational tool.