Two University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services alumni were recently recognized with a Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST) Excellence in Science Teaching award.
Matt Lindsey, ’11 MSE, and Brad Wysocki, ’10 MSE, were among the recipients of the award, which recognizes science instruction and is given annually to people who have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of science education in Wisconsin, including elementary, secondary or college teachers, and any other active supporters of science education.
“Matt and Brad are both excellent physics teachers that have shown their expertise and dedication in the classroom and throughout their graduate work in our Teaching and Learning MSE Physics Education Emphasis,” UW Oshkosh Associate Professor Eric Brunsell said. “I have also enjoyed working with them as colleagues as they continue to act as leaders within Wisconsin’s science education community.”
Lindsey has taught in central Wisconsin for the past nine years. Currently, he teaches physics and chemistry at Mosinee High School. He has been awarded multiple grants for his work in the classroom, including the Foundation Beyond Pencils Grant and WPS Innovative Educator Grant. Nathan Lehman, Mosinee High School Principal, said Lindsey is one of the top five educators he has ever worked with.
Lindsey is active in science outside of the classroom as well. He serves as the District 2 Director and a member of the Professional Development Committee of WSST. He is also a curator for the WISELearn Digital Content Curation Project, which is a statewide project aimed to create an easy-to-use repository of high quality, standards-aligned digital resources all Wisconsin educators can access for their classroom instruction.
In addition, he has shared his expertise in science instruction implementation with charter schools around the state and worked with DPI review of the WI Forward Exam, matching and creating questions to meet the science standards.
Wysocki has been teaching physics and chemistry at Bloomer High School since 2008. He is an active member of WSST, serving on multiple committees and presenting annually on topics from Modeling Instruction to Standards Based Grading.
Wysocki is also a leader among his peers. He created the WIShare Science Group, which brings together science teachers in Western Wisconsin to share best-practices in science education and helped to form a similar group within CESA 10, starting a shared Professional Development Day with other science teachers.
The Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers was founded in 1958. Today it is the largest Wisconsin organization of individuals interested in the advancement of science education. WSST’s purpose is to promote, support and improve science education in the state of Wisconsin by providing leadership, advocacy, and programs to enhance the teaching and learning of science.