Traci Marsolek was recently recognized by the Wisconsin Society of Science teachers (WSST) for her outstanding work. WSST recognizes teachers annually for their achievements by giving an excellence in Science award. Ms. Marsolek has been teaching biology, anatomy, physiology, physics, and middle level science in the School District of Eleva-Strum for the past eleven years. She serves as co-chair of the Science Department, is an advisor to the Science Olympiad team, and is a member of the district’s “Vanguard group,” which is involved with the district’s technology initiatives. She organizes, implements, and supervises National Honor Society and HS Student Council activities. She worked on the Scholarship Committee, served as Homework Club advisor, and worked with the school’s environmental program, “Students for ecological and environmental Diversity” (SEED) which implemented various community recycling initiatives. She also implemented the NASA Signals of Spring program which allowed her to integrate marine biology and oceanography into her curriculum.
Ms. Marsolek is also involved with science at the state and national levels. She has assisted with the teaching of several K-12 energy education (KEEP) courses through UW-Stevens Point, and has been a member of the UW-Eau Claire “Closing the Loop” teacher/university leadership team involved with science content and standards. She had a direct impact on national science curriculum through her input concerning several science projects, involving a variety of science topics, which were then incorporated into games and other engaging tools for classroom teachers, and are now sold and distributed by Hubbard Scientific, a national science supply company also, Ms.Marsolek recently became a national KidWind Senator. She was invited to attend an intense training in Colorado and now serves Wisconsin as one of two, state advisors and workshop facilitators. Ms. Marsolek will impact thousands of science teachers and students through this venue.
A quote from her Principal, Cory Kulig, concerning teacher-student rapport, “She is an outstanding educator that is held in the highest regard by her students and fellow staff members. Students in her classes achieve at high levels because they strive to meet her high expectations.”