2016 Award Theme: STEM
Distinguished Educator of the Year
Awardee: Sharon Tomski, St. Thomas More, Milwaukee
In collaboration with Marquette University, Ms. Tomski successfully led the implementation of Project Lead The Way (PLTW) in 2004. Utilizing her 20 years experience as a counterterrorism analyst to bring unique perspectives and innovative projects to the school. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Tomski is an ambassador for Classcraft. Her students have invented products to address community needs, including a walker-crutch hybrid, roller skates for extreme sports, and the official school mobile application.
Honorable Mention: Craig Machut, Rufus King High School, Milwaukee
Mr. Machut uses project-based learning and strong relationships with students to make science accessible for a diverse group of learners. He designs projects for his students that facilitate a deep understanding of the content while allowing students to be creative. Outside the Classroom: In one project, Mr. Machut’s students were required to design, build, install, and monitor their own ecosystems in various places in the high school. Not only were the projects amazingly successful, they created conversation pieces for visitors to the school.
Advanced Career Award
Lisa Laab, Holy Apostle's School, Milwaukee
Ms. Laabs has taken a blended approach to teaching science concepts, connecting learning from the scientific method and project based learning. She has seemlessy integrated classic science with cutting edge programming through Project Lead the Way which sparks the interest of students in STEM subjects. Colleagues say: “Mrs. Laabs has transformed our science program at Holy Apostles school.”
Early Career Award
Misa Sato, Ronald Reagan High School, Milwaukee
Deeply vested in her students, her school's vision and the International Baccalaureate curriculum; Misa gladly embraces extra projects and pursues initiatives that she believes will lead to greater success for her students and school alike. Students say: “The skills that I have learned by engaging in these activities make me confident that I will be able to to take on college-level science classes and become a nurse.”