Superior Educators Honored by Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (WACTE)
WACTE honors Emily Kelly and Jori Walt for being excellent role models for future educators.
Emily Kelly and Jori Walt were honored for being excellent role models for future educators and the positive impact they have made in their work places and on the UW-Superior campus. The award ceremony was held on March 13 in Madison.
Emily Kelly received the award for Outstanding Early Career Educator. The award is presented to an educator within the first three years of her/his professional career based on their positive impact on schools and communities, innovation in designing learning experiences and advocacy for their students.
Kelly is an English teacher at Superior Senior High and graduated from UW-Superior in 2013. She teaches Technical Writing, English 9 and English 10 at SHS and first got involved with the school during her time at UW-Superior.
As a UW-Superior student, she was a GEARS mentor and continues to work with the GEARS students, who will be graduating high school this spring. She is also a volunteer with the Gay-Straight-Alliance (GSA) at SHS and helps coordinate events and activities throughout the school to support students.
Kelly works with a special class of English 10 students and individually designed her course to be an engaging learning experience by incorporating literature circles and hands-on activities. She has also worked extensively with another teacher on the Technical Writing/Business English class to recreate the curriculum and make the course more engaging, enlightening and directly relatable to their senior students who choose to take it as their English credit.
One major change was to modify the course from being two separate semesters to one whole year, so the students would be able to stay together as a group and Kelly could forge relationships with the student, provide more support, and better address the academic standards.
Walt was the winner of the Pre-Service Educator Mentor award. Each year, the award is presented to an outstanding educator who has demonstrated and sustained a pattern of mentoring pre-service educators for at least five years. The award recipient is 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 capacities as future leaders, and the ability to nurture candidates as they face a wide range of issues.
Walt teaches music at Great Lakes Elementary School and has been working closely with UW-Superior faculty for many years. For the past seven years, she has been a cooperating educator for UW-Superior’s choral-general music education student teachers. She has partnered with MUSED 383, 382 and 386 students for their Academic Service-Learning and is an excellent role model for UW-Superior music education students.
Walt demonstrates excellent management skills and organization of her classes. The students have loved working with her and greatly value their experiences at Great Lakes Elementary and the Middle School with Jori.