Dr. Rose Battalio received the Excellence in Teaching Award at the Blugold Breakfast on August 23, 2016. Selection for the honor is based on a survey of recent UW-Eau Claire alumni. This is the second Excellence in Teaching Award for Battalio, who also received the honor in 2004.
Battalio, who joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2000, has taught a variety of special education courses, including “Career Education and Transition,” “Secondary Methods for Students with Mild Disabilities” and “Assessment and Behavior Interventions for Students with Severe Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities,” among others. Battalio also has coordinated a six-week, faculty-led international immersion experience, “Special Education in Scotland,” which has been offered to students every other year since 2005.
“Rose is an amazing teacher and a stellar teacher educator,” said Dr. Carmen Manning, dean of UW-Eau Claire’s College of Education and Human Sciences. “Every day in every class, she provides a model for how to be a caring, compassionate and rigorous teacher. She has taught hundreds of special educators how to be strong teachers and has had a profound influence on the educational experience of thousands of schoolchildren. We are so fortunate to have the passion and leadership of Dr. Rose Battalio in our teacher education program at UW-Eau Claire.”
Battalio recently commented on the rewarding experience of seeing her former students at work as teachers in the classroom. “It makes your heart just swell and you're just so proud of them,” Battalio said in a UW-Eau Claire video interview. “They're making the world a better place. They are doing what we want them to do and helping kids of this world. I have the best job. I really do have the best job.”
Battalio is a Professor in the Department of Special Education. She just stepped down from being Chairperson for the past eight years. Battalio is looking forward to teaching full-time again.