UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
March 23, 2015 - Patrick Houlton, an English teacher at Spring Valley Middle/High School and recent graduate of the UW-River Falls educator preparation program, was recognized for his innovative teaching practices Monday.
Larry Solberg, dean of the UW-River Falls College of Education and Professional Studies, surprised Houlton in his classroom with the announcement that he'd won an Early Educator Award from the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
"He works to gain greater insight into his students by learning about their families and interests in order to facilitate positive interactions with them. He also partners with their parents to help meet the student's unique needs," said Gretchen Cipriano, Houlton's principal, in nominating him.
Recipients of the Early Educator Award must be in their first three years of teaching. They are selected based on the positive effect they've had on schools or communities, innovation in designing learning experiences and advocacy their for students.
Houlton will receive the official award in Madison on April 12.
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