UWM student teacher wins state award

Jason Lopez, a student in the School of Education’s English Education program, has been recognized as Wisconsin’s Outstanding English Student Teacher of the Year.

The award was given by the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English. Lopez will be publicly honored at the council’s annual convention in Milwaukee in October.

Lopez did his student teaching at Bradley Tech with UWM graduate Diana Jones acting as his cooperating teacher. Associate lecturer Cynthia Salamati was his university supervisor.

Lopez is the 10th of the School of Education’s English Education students to have won the student teacher honor since the awards started more than 15 years ago, and six have won the Outstanding First-Year Teacher Award, according to Thomas Scott, program director of the Early Adolescence through Adolescence English Education program.

Every teacher preparation program in the state is eligible to nominate one student teacher and one first-year teacher for recognition, but only one or two in each category are selected yearly. This year Lopez was the only one selected.

UWM students and graduates have garnered the most awards of any school in the state.

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