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                          Unity High School Science Teacher                                        Successfully Connecting CTE

                          Selected as Wisconsin’s 2024                                             to the Community Builds Skills

        National Teacher of the Year Representative                                In  today’s  society,

                                                                                many  careers  require  tech-
                                                      Year  Program  by  a  commit-  nical  skills.  Students  often
                                                      tee  composed  of  educators,  enter  our  modern  educa-
                                                      representatives  from  partner  tion  system  with  limited
                                                      organizations,  and  past  Wis-  awareness  of  their  poten-
                                                      consin Teachers of the Year.  tial career paths. They may
                                                          “Brian  is  an  exemplary  not  have  a  clear  under-
                                                      educator,  and  I  am  so  excited  standing  of  the  available
                                                      that  he  will  be  Wisconsin’s  opportunities  beyond  their
                                                      representative  to  the  National  local  influences,  such  as
                                                      Teacher of the Year program,”  family,  friends,  and  neigh-
                                                      State  Superintendent  Dr.  Jill  bors. Career and Technical
                                                      Underly  said.  “His  energy,  Education  (CTE)  courses
                                                      passion,  and  commitment  to  provide  students  with  the
                                                      his students and community are  opportunity   to   explore
                                                      inspiring. He would be the first  career  options,  discover
        State Superintendent for Public Instruction Dr. Jill Underly
        presents Brian Collins his Teacher of the Year award.  to  say  that  he  is  just  one  part  their interests, develop and enhance their skill   highlighting  the  cross-disciplinary  nature  of
                                                      of  the  interconnected  ecosys-  sets, and establish connections with industry   education that can be missed when we com-
            The   Wisconsin   Department   of         tem that is his school; I would  professionals.              partmentalize education into its topics.
         Instruction  today  announced  the  state’s   respond that he plays a key role in fostering   While  specific  work  skills  can  change   In  Omro,  I  have  been  encouraging  my
         representative  to  the  National  Teacher  of        such  an  inclusive  rapidly due to technological advancements, the   students  for  the  past  seven  years  to  engage
         the  Year  Program                                    and  rich  commu-  core abilities acquired through CTE courses,   with their community and address local issues
         is  Brian  Collins,  a                                nity.  I  am  grateful  such as analysis, reasoning, problem-solving,   using their freshly acquired technical skills in
         science  teacher  at   “i love seeing education at work in   to him for his lead-  planning,  organization,  teamwork,  and  deci-  a competitive manner. They apply these skills
         Unity  High  School   the quality of a person’s life and in   ership  in  the  Unity  sion-making, are universally applicable to any   to  a  wide  range  of  situations,  transforming
         in Balsam Lake.   the strength of the community. i am   School  District,  in  employer in any industry. These skills are in   me (the teacher) from a traditional source of
            Throughout his                                     Wisconsin, and now  high demand, making CTE coursework indis-  knowledge into a facilitator and coach for stu-
         more  than  22  years   eager  and  excited  to  serve  as  our   at a national level.”  pensable in today’s workforce. The practical,   dents. This shift empowers them to challenge
         at  Unity,  Collins   state’s  representative,  both  as  a   Earlier   this  hands-on exploration of various fields in CTE   themselves, tackle significant problems, build
         has  taught  general   teacher and as a lifelong learner.”  year,  Collins  was  encourages  students  to  integrate  their  aca-  confidence,  explore  new  interests,  and  take
         biology, AP biology,                — Brian Collins   named  one  of  five  demic  knowledge,  and  use  it  in  conjunction   ownership of their learning. One of the most
         e n v i r o n m e n t a l                             2024   Wisconsin  with ‘just-in-time’ learning to tackle challeng-  rewarding aspects of teaching in this manner
         biology,   human                                      Teachers   of   the  ing tasks. For instance, I recently overheard a   is the continuous learning experience shared
         anatomy/physiology,  ecology,  zoology,  and   Year in a surprise ceremony surrounded by  student discussing how concepts and formulas   with the students.
         ornithology. He was selected to be the state’s   students, colleagues, family, and community  from her physics, pre-calculus, and engineer-  Initially, this journey started with simple
         representative for the Council of Chief State                          ing  class  challenges  were  interconnected,
         School  Officers’  National  Teacher  of  the    Continued on page 4                                                   Continued on page 30

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