UWM departments and areas nominated a number of cooperating teachers for awards at the gala. Those nominated and the areas that nominated them included:
Astrid Wagner (MC-EA), Aziza Razaa (English), Shannon Uhrig (MC-EA Exceptional Education), Sam Mattke (Mathematics), Renee Hurst (Early Childhood Exceptional Education), Ming Blackwell (Peck School of the Arts), Carrie Sullivan (Early Childhood Education), Nadine Sevins (Science), Stephanie Wild (Institute for Urban Education), Matthew Petrick (World Languages/English Language Learning), Ashlee Whity (EAA Exceptional Education) and Michael Parkinson (Social Studies).
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Education took more than 200 teachers to dinner April 25 at the Italian Community Center. The Meemic Foundation Gala was made possible through an $11,000 donation from the Meemic Foundation.
The event is an opportunity to say thank-you to the many cooperating teachers who generously share their classrooms with the School’s teacher candidates each year, said Kristen Taylor, director of UWM’s Office of Clinical Experience.
More than 600 students from introductory classes to student teachers spend numerous weeks in local elementary and high school classrooms every year, she said.
“Cooperating teachers are required by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to take an initial cooperating teacher verification workshop before they are assigned a student teacher,” “Taylor said. “They do this work to help build our profession without a lot of recognition. Meemic has stepped up to help us celebrate and recognize this work.”
The Foundation is funded through Meemic Insurance Company and focuses on supporting the efforts of educators. The insurance company was founded in 1950 to serve the special insurance needs of teachers.
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