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Kowalczyk to receive National Educator of Year Award from Association for Middle Level Education

August 28, 2018

Sandra Kowalczyk, a reading specialist at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, was named a 2018 Educator of the Year by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

Kowalczyk, who earned a Reading Specialist license through UW-Madison’s School of Education in 2005, will receive the award during the association’s annual conference Oct. 25-27 in Orlando, Fla.

Sandra Kowalczyk
Kowalczyk
The award, supported by the AMLE Foundation Fund, recognizes outstanding practitioners in middle level education — those who have made a significant impact on the lives of young adolescents through exemplary leadership, vision, and advocacy.

According to a news release from AMLE, “Kowalczyk has been a middle school literacy educator for 27 years, teaching intervention classes for high-needs students reading below grade level. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who has been a Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year (2009), National Council of Teachers of English Outstanding Middle Level Educator (2015), and was a Global Teacher Prize Top 50 Finalist (2015) amongst other awards. Kowalczyk co-designed integrated reading/language arts curricula integrating music, dance, and drama as part of a K-12 project selected by NASA as one of eight projects aboard the 1998 STDS Discovery Space Shuttle Mission, Astronaut John Glenn's historic return to space.”

“Sandra’s work to engage her students in literacy through a variety of experiences and subjects opens students’ eyes to the vast world around them and has shaped a desire to read and learn in countless kids,” Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers said in a statement. “Our schools and our state are all made better through the enthusiasm and drive of teachers like Sandra.”

To learn much more about Kowalczyk and her remarkable efforts, check out this AMLE news release.

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