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UMD Graduate 2014 Teacher of the Year

Wisconsin 2014 Teacher of the Year Mr. Rick Erickson

Wisconsin 2014 Teacher of the Year Mr. Rick Erickson was hosted by the Education student organization EMSA Monday, November 17 evening to speak with teacher education students about his journey as a teacher. Mr. Erickson, a 1984 graduate of UMD's secondary teacher preparation program, spoke with students about his devotion to teaching that began early in his career and how it continues to sustain him. He explained his philosophy that guides his teaching and shared inspiring stories from his thirty-plus years of high school teaching, first in St. Paul and for the past 20 years in Bayfield, Wisconsin. He spoke about place-based, problem-based, experiential learning as the foundation of his teaching high school science. Mr. Erickson encouraged students to be politically active in their profession, to advocate for teachers and for students. He remarked that the honor he has been given allows him to "represent all of the amazing teachers out there."

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Welcome to the Department of Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth.


From the earliest days of the Duluth Normal School through becoming the Department of Education we are today, we carry on the rich legacy of preparing education professionals dedicated to the welfare of children/youth, their families, and the communities in which they live. Now, in a time of extraordinary challenges and possibilities, we remain steadfast in our dedication to engage locally and globally to shape education for the 21st century. Toward that end, our work as teachers, researchers, and collaborators is deeply rooted in a commitment to social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental justice. Read More....