School of Education names outstanding mentor and early educator

April 17, 2014

 The School of Education at University of Wisconsin-Stout has chosen Bob Boone for the Pre-service Teacher Mentor Award and Brittany Johnson for the Early Career Educator Award. Bob Boone received the Pre-service Teacher Mentor Award.

The awards were recently established by the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

The Pre-service Teacher Mentor Award is presented to an outstanding educator who has mentored preservice teachers for at least five years and demonstrates professional responsibility, evidentiary assessment, effective classroom management and the ability to lead and nurture preservice teachers. 

 Brittany Johnson received the Early Career Educator Award.The Early Educator Award is presented to an outstanding educator within the first three years of his or her career based on a combination of any of the following: positive impact on schools and communities, innovation in designing learning experiences and student advocacy.

Boone, a seventh-grade science teacher at Menomonie Middle School, has been a School of Education cooperating teacher since the 1990s and has mentored approximately 25 students. The students have been well- prepared to be in the classroom, he said.

“It has been great to see UW-Stout's science education program get off the ground and flourish,” Boone said.

Students of the science ed program have a strong background in both content and pedagogy. They have gained practical skills that make them successful teachers, Boone said.

“Working with a university that is right in town makes the experience a unique one. The staff at UW-Stout have always been very supportive and helpful,” he said

Johnson is a 2013 UW-Stout alumna with a B.S. in science education and certifications in chemistry and biology. She teaches in Cumberland at Island City Academy, a charter school for grades seven through 12.

When asked what she likes best about teaching, Johnson said, “I like getting to know students and their interests and abilities. I like being able to teach my content area in an enthusiastic and enjoyable way for students to understand.”

WACTE set the criteria for the awards, and universities created the process for selection on their respective campuses. Kevin Mason, UW-Stout associate professor in science education, nominated Boone and Johnson.

“The spirit of the awards is to recognize that all of our teacher education programs across the state are producing high quality teachers and that creating exemplary teachers involves strong partnerships with excellent master teachers in the field,” said Brian McAlister, director of the School of Education.

An awards ceremony was held in March in Madison.

For more information about education programs at UW-Stout refer here.