PULASKI - Stefanie Stainton takes her passion for teaching outside of her Pulaski High School classroom, and into the real world. She enjoys educating her students about real issues affecting Northeast Wisconsin. It's just part of the reason she is a recipient of a 2013 Golden Apple.
This year, her AP Environmental Science students focused on local water quality issues. They took field trips to local waterways, including Trout Creek on the Oneida reservation. After doing their own field work, students were then asked to put together a video showing their findings. Click here to watch some of those videos.
"The students have been collaborating with other professionals in the area and it's been amazing as a teacher to really watch the kids develop a sense of professionalism," said Stainton.
Stainton also likes to use technology, such as iPads and blogs to help her students get a better grasp on her lessons. Her approach to teaching is having a direct impact on students, like senior Nick Salewski.
As a freshman, Salewski had no interest in science. Three years and several of Stainton's classes later, he is now planning to attend UW-Stevens Point to study environmental science.
"She literally shaped my future and molded me into how I'm going to try and go about the rest of my life," said Salewski.
Stainton's students are not only learning lessons about the real world, but finding success in it as well.
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