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Group Recognizes Woodbury Science Teacher

Woodbury Middle School's Nicholas George was named a regional honoree in the WEM Foundation’s 2012 Outstanding Educator Awards program. What has he meant to your child?

Last year, teacher Nicholas George’s students had the highest average MCA science scores of any school in Minnesota.

The year prior, they had the second highest scores.

Now, the Metro ECSU and Synergy & Leadership Exchange have announced that George has been named as a regional honoree in the WEM Foundation’s 2012 Outstanding Educator Awards program.

George is being honored in the Teacher Achievement category, which “recognizes exemplary teachers who support, inspire and assist students to attain greater learning, as evidenced by student achievement,” according to a release from the group.

George has been teaching for seven years, and currently teaches eighth grade earth and space science at Woodbury Middle School.

“He has excelled in transforming his classroom into an effective, stimulating learning environment where all students are challenged and motivated to learn,” said Principal Kari Lopez. “The level of engagement in his classroom is nothing less than exemplary.”

George also offers science-review sessions after school that draw more than 100 students to each session—these sessions are not mandatory and many students forgo other activities to attend.

“At our school, there were many different trends, skinny jeans, Uggs, hacky sack, and even the Rubik’s Cube for a while, but the really cool thing was to go to science reviews after school,” a former student said in the release.

Six teachers received statewide honors, and five educators were named as regional honorees for the 2012 WEM Foundation Outstanding Educator Awards.

Synergy & Leadership Exchange (Synergy) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering collaboration to advance the development of ethical citizens, providing educational resources, and celebrating achievement and best practices in Minnesota schools, businesses and communities.

For more information on the WEM Outstanding Educator Awards Program and Synergy & Leadership Exchange, visit: www.synergyexchange.org.

 

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June Rogers June 13, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Well Deserved! Congratulations Mr G!
Kris Janisch June 13, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Thanks for commenting June! And you've got to love this photo.
Natasha Fleischman June 13, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I worked with him his first year at Woodbury Middle. He is truly an outstanding man with a passion for both science and kids.
Julie Bunch June 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM
My son was fortunate to have him as an 8th grader when he was awarded the Dist. 833 Teacher of the Year award...he's a great teacher who gets kids excited about science! Way to go Mr. George!!
Kathryn Z Berg, MA, CCH June 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM
My son came home from school the first day of school in 8th grade very excited about science for the year. And thanks to Mr. George, he remained interested the whole year.
Dawn Nelson June 14, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Congratulations Mr. George, no one deserves this award more! My granddaugher Ashley had Mr. George and when he said THEY COULD, they DID! He is one of the best motivational teachers we have ever met! He turned science into entertainment for the kids and they all loved him!

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