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Honoring our Professionals of Excellence Awards (HOPE)
The Hope Award recognizes out-standing achievement among professionals who mentor and share their expertise with University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Education Human Sciences students while providing experiences in professional work place settings.
Luke Howard, of Marshfield Clinic has shared his expertise as an athletic trainer with countless students in the Athletic Training Education Program at UW-Eau Claire for at least 10 years. According to a colleague, Luke leads by example and creates a work environment where people and students feel valued, challenged and encouraged to offer suggestions and ideas.
Laura Hurd, a Speech Language Pathologist at Dove Healthcare has provided 7 years of mentorship and is a professional who demonstrates knowledge, skills and dispositions that serve as an excellent role model. She places an emphasis on co-treating her clients with occupational and physical therapists when appropriate and strongly encourages her students to explore opportunities for utilizing a comprehensive approach.
Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Awards (WACTE)
WACTE Pre-Service Educator Mentor Award recognizes outstanding achievement among education professionals who work with University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Education students Recipients are commended for their expertise and mentoring skills in producing outstanding future professionals.
Tracy Boyd, Altoona School District-Speech and Language Pathologist is the recipient of the 2014-2015 WACTE Pre-Service Educator Mentor Award. Tracy has mentored students since 2002. According to her nominator, Tracy's "...mentorship and supervision of our students is second-to-none." Tracy is a very competent and collaborative individual, always demonstrating compassion, professionalism and enthusiasm. She is dedicated to her profession and to providing her time and expertise to the development of future professionals.
WACTE Early Career Educator Award recognizes outstanding achievement among early career educator within the first three years of his/her professional career including the positive impact on schools and communities, the innovation in designing learning experiences and student advocacy.
Megan Cain, Mondovi, Elementary-5th grade. Megan is the recipient of the 2014-2015 WACTE Early Career Educator Award. In just her second year of teaching, Megan has demonstrated tremendous strengths in the profession. A nominator says, "I have never worked with a more committed, hard-working, determined self-motivated, caring, compassionate, eager new teacher." Megan is able to work well with others, is willing to take on leadership roles within the school, and is consistently striving to improve her skills as a teacher.
Here is the link to the May 1, 2014 News Release