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SLC Graduate Earns National Teaching Award

Posted on October 27 2011

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Kevin Janota

A Kimberly teacher is among 40 educators nationwide to win the prestigious 2011 Milken Educator Award, which recognizes excellent teachers in early to mid-career. Kevin Janota is a technology education teacher at Kimberly High School and recently earned a master’s degree in teacher leadership from Silver Lake College of the Holy Family.

In addition to professional recognition, Janota receives a $25,000 cash award. The honor recognizes his strong commitment to teaching and learning, his partnerships with local businesses and industries, and his innovative methods, which he used to transform the technology and engineering education program at Kimberly High School.

In August, when Janota earned his master’s degree, he was among the first to graduate from Silver Lake College’s new accelerated format for its Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Leadership program. Janota completed the program in 14 months as part of a learning-community cohort in Pulaski. Janota said his work as a teacher was enhanced by participation in a master’s program that could be applied immediately to his classroom.

“My experience with the Pulaski cohort group was superb,” said Janota, “It allowed for a deeper and more meaningful experience than I believe I would have had through a traditional program. Our facilitators were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about educational concerns and best practices.”

According to Sister Michaela Melko, Teacher Leadership program director, Janota used his work to fulfill part of his degree requirements, adding, “The College allows a final project as an alternative to a thesis in the master’s program, encouraging students to take a leadership role in improving education in their school or district.”

Silver Lake College has Teacher Leadership learning communities forming around the state, including Madison, Chippewa Falls and Pulaski. For more information, contact Sister Michaela at 920-686-6371.

Milken Educator Award winners are nominated on the basis of achievements and educational promise by a Department of Education panel. The Milken Family Foundation has presented the award for 13 years in an effort to attract, retain and motivate outstanding talent to the teaching profession.