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Baraboo teacher honored as Middle School Teacher of the Year
Baraboo teacher honored as Middle School Teacher of the Year

A Baraboo teacher was named Wisconsin’s Middle School Teacher of the Year for the 2013-14 school year, according to a release.

State Superintendent Tony Evers announced Jane McMahon, an English-language arts teacher at Jack Young Middle School in Baraboo, was honored as Teacher of the Year during an all-school assembly Monday.

As part of the honor, McMahon will receive $3,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, officials said.

"For our students to succeed, we need great educators in our schools," Evers said in the release. "These teachers have been recognized by their peers, students and parents as caring, committed educators, and they are now being honored with this award. They represent the many quality educators in Wisconsin that are working every day to make a difference in the lives of our young children, helping prepare them for a successful future."

Recently, McMahon created an elective course called "Young Adult Literature" that allowed her to combine her love of technology and literature, according to the release. Students study various genres of literature and use technology to showcase their learning. During the course students have created blogs, podcasts and book "trailers" on iMovie.

"I believe that every child is a unique individual with her or his own learning needs. It is my responsibility to identify these needs and provide each student with authentic learning opportunities, and inspire curiosity and introspection," McMahon wrote in her application materials. "Rather than questioning children, we must do more to allow them to create their own questions – pursue their own rewarding pathways. This is the journey of the individual, but as an educator, I can open doorways to facilitate this process."

In addition to McMahon’s work in the classroom, she volunteers for several nonprofit organizations, according to the release.

Evers will recognize McMahon during his State of Education address Sept. 26 in Madison.

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