SHEBOYGAN – The Sheboygan Area School District chapter of the Educators Rising organization earned multiple honors at the Educators Rising Summit held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Sheboygan North junior Brooke Hess, Sheboygan South senior Grace Vue, and a five-person team from North all advanced to compete at the Educators Rising National Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida June 29-July 2. They beat out students from 29 other schools at the Stevens Point summit to earn their way to Orlando. Overall, 300 students competed at the Wisconsin competition.
Hess, who also received a Leadership Award, was honored for creating a Sensory Pathway for children at Sheboygan Leadership Academy. Hess’s visually-stimulating design gets kids to use their gross motor skills to take a break from their school day to self-regulate and problem-solve. The pathway is designed to channel energy in a positive way, and prevent potential behavioral disruptions.
Vue advanced to nationals with her Ted Talk-style presentation on student mental health. The talk detailed her personal struggles, resources for students dealing with mental health issues, and offered a message of hope.
The team of Hess, Elizabeth Kaufmann, Emily Presti, Juliana Bergman and Emily Allen earned their spot at nationals with a presentation on North’s transition to a 3-D classroom model for its science curriculum. In the new model, focus is shifted from memorization to a more immersive experience guided by the school’s teachers.
In addition to the above honors, the entire 21-person team from SASD won the School Spirit Award for their enthusiasm for their projects, team, and the field of education as a whole.
Educators Rising is a network of students, teachers and education leaders aiming to inform and inspire young people to pursue a career in education. The SASD chapter consists of members from Sheboygan North and Sheboygan South High Schools.
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