Sunnyside Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jane School has long been a mentor for student teachers. And, now, she’s being recognized for it.
School will be honored at an April 2 award ceremony in Madison as the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Pre-Service Educator Award winner.
The award is presented to an outstanding educator who has demonstrated a sustained pattern of mentoring pre-service educators for at least five years.
Winners are selected based on attributes such as: the ability to model professional responsibility, evidentiary assessment, effective classroom management, the ability to mentor pre-service teacher candidates in developing their capacity to be a leader; and the ability to nurture candidates as they face a wide range of issues.
"Jane has mentored many, many student teachers in her years as an educator. We are so proud of her for her work with our students as well as her contributions to the profession,” said Pulaski Community School District superintendent Bec Kurzynske.
In providing information for the award, Sunnyside principal Marc Klawiter stated, "Jane is an amazing teacher whose passion and dedication are demonstrated every day. Over the years Jane has mentored a number of student teachers providing them the guidance and tools to carry forward into their own teaching careers."
School has taught in the Pulaski Community School District for 17 years. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a bachelor’s degree in human development/teaching certification K-6 and Viterbo University with a master’s degree in education.
School was surprised and honored to be recognized with the award. “Mentoring our future educators contributes to the development of our profession, which is a true passion of mine,” she said. “It ensures that future generations of teachers are provided with the experiences they will need to be successful. This enables me to give back to the teaching community.”