Maureen Look-Ainsworth, College of Education alumna, has been named as one of four Teachers of the Year for the 2010-11 school year by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
A teacher of seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher at Horning Middle School in Waukesha, Look-Ainsworth has developed innovative science units such as “Crime Scene Investigation” and “Forensics” to enrich and deepen students’ understanding of science as it’s applied in the “real world.” She reaches out to “struggling” and “grey-area” students, using brain research methods to improve their study habits. She strives for inclusiveness by coaching eighth-grade Science Clubs that include students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students, providing partial or full scholarships for field trips to various science venues.
As coach for the high school Science Olympiad Team at West Allis / West Milwaukee, Look-Ainsworth reaches beyond her school into the community. She has worked with the Sally Ride Academy, staff development workshop, and directs the Waukesha Camp Invention. She is on the worship team at her church; taught biblical studies classes for three years; and coordinates the “Boxes of Love” Thanksgiving food boxes for the economically disadvantaged, a partnership between the church and school.
Superintendent Tony Evers noted that, as part of the Teacher of the Year honor, Look-Ainsworth will receive a $3,000 award from U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, through his educational foundation.
“Recognizing Look-Ainsworth in a substantial way not only rewards someone who has devoted her life to teaching children, it also focuses attention on the importance of having caring, committed adults in our classrooms,” Evers said. “We need quality educators to ensure that every student graduates ready for the workforce or further education.”
Look-Ainsworth will be honored as the Middle School Teacher of the Year in Superintendent Evers' State of Education address September 16th in Madison.
Two other Marquette alumni will also be honored at the event: