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.
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.
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