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Baraboo teacher to represent state at national program
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Baraboo teacher to represent state at national program

A Baraboo teacher will represent Wisconsin in the National Teacher of the Year program, according to a release.

Jane McMahon, an English-language arts teacher at Jack Young Middle School in Baraboo, was also named Wisconsin’s Middle School Teacher of the Year in a ceremony at her school in September. As part of that honor, McMahon will represent Wisconsin in the national program and receive $6,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.

"Jane exemplifies excellence in training," State Superintendent Tony Evers said in the release. "She steps up for her kids, for her school and for the community in ways that make a true difference."

One of McMahon’s recent successes was creating 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.

"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 said 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, including Wisconsin Women Fish, Kids and Mentors Outdoors and the Baraboo River Canoe Club. She earned her teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from Viterbo University in La Crosse.

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