SOE Alumna Finalist for Science and Math Teaching Award

Amy Zientek honored with the 2019 Celebrate Teachers and Teaching Award.Amy Zientek, a physics, biology and ecology teacher at Brookfield Academy, is among six Wisconsin teachers who placed as finalists for the 2021 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST.) The finalists will be judged at the national level for winning positions in mathematics and science.

Zientek has taught at Brookfield Academy since August of 2020 and is a three time alum at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, one winner in mathematics and one winner in science will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and professional development opportunities, along with an award ceremony in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science teachers across the nation.

Before the pandemic Amy Zientek's students worked closely together on hands-on science projects.

Before the pandemic Amy Zientek’s students worked closely together on hands-on science projects.

Zientek was chosen as the 2019 Celebrate Teaching and Teachers teacher of the year, and shared some of her thoughts about teaching during the pandemic in an article in August 2020.