Northland College will be honoring the professional excellence of Ashland Middle School teacher Aaron Corcoran and Lake Superior Intermediate School teacher Rachel Penner at the fifth annual Recognition of Outstanding Early Career Educators and Pre-Service Educator Mentors award ceremony.

Both educators will be guests at the awards tea sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and the Meemic Foundation at the Monona Terrace Community and Conference Center in Madison, Wisconsin, on Sunday, April 8.

WACTE Teacher recognized by Northland College

Corcoran is being recognized for his work as an early career educator.

“Aaron shows his concern and care for others through attending a multitude of extracurricular activities, being available for tutoring before and after school, telling silly jokes and making puns with students and staff, making learning fun for his students, smiling-even when stressed or tired, and going the extra mile to help anyone that he can,” said his colleague, Nancy Morita.

Rachel Penner WACTE teacher awardee

Penner is being recognized for her work with pre-service teachers.

“Mrs. Penner has hosted several pre-service teachers, both in Ashland and in Mellen and has consistently guided them toward high expertise teaching criteria, such as how to use assessment data to inform instruction and how to establish friendly and effective classroom management strategies,” said Principal Travis Powell. “She is an exemplary educator.”

This is the fifth year that the Wisconsin Association of

Colleges for Teacher Education (WACTE) has sponsored the Early Career and Pre-Service Educator Awards. The awards ceremony continues to grow each year, with over 200 people attending last year. This year 59 teachers from 30 different institutions of higher education across the state will be honored for their professional excellence. The keynote speaker this year will be Matthew W. Miller Sr., the 2018 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year. The Meemic Foundation sponsors the awards ceremony as well as the keynote speaker.

WACTE is a professional organization composed of the Wisconsin institutions that prepare individuals for teacher licensure. Our educator preparation programs offer diversity in size, focus, and delivery, but all are designed to prepare quality teachers for Wisconsin’s schools. WACTE is an affiliate of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).


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