zanewood student holding magnetsHalfway through the second year of its schoolwide focus on STEAM integration, Zanewood Community School is offering more opportunities and greater support to students—thanks in part to a thriving collaboration with Boston Scientific in Maple Grove.

Since 2016, Boston Scientific has helped champion Zanewood’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) efforts. The support has been far-reaching and includes donations of $1,500 per year for the past two years. This has allowed Zanewood staff to develop a variety of STEAM integration classroom kits; enhance their STEAM library; and create a textiles lab and virtual reality lab within the school’s Makerspace.

“Boston Scientific is an amazing community partner that supports our STEAM program through donations of supplies, equipment and time,” said Kathryn Clingan, STEAM program coordinator at Zanewood Community School. “They believe in us.”

In addition to monetary support, donations from Boston Scientific employees come in the form of guiding Zanewood’s Lego Robotics League teams and leading courses during the Scholars’ Choice Days that take place throughout the year. Last year, the organization even sponsored a trip for Zanewood fifth-graders to attend the movie “Hidden Figures.”

“With the support from Boston Scientific, the opportunities for our students are endless!” added Chelsea Savino, fifth-grade teacher at Zanewood. “As a result, Zanewood students see themselves as scientists and are developing a sense of confidence in their ability to succeed at anything.”

PHOTO: Zanewood second-grader Axel Assogbda learns with magnets in the school's Makerspace.

Seven teachers across the Osseo Area Schools district were named 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year candidates, including:

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  • Debra Amelse, instructional assistant, Basswood Elementary School
  • Jessica Carr, first-grade teacher, Fernbrook Elementary
  • Rich Johnston, sixth-grade teacher, Osseo Middle School
  • Ann Kozarek, physical education teacher, Edinbrook Elementary
  • Jaquinetta Mitchell, English teacher, Osseo Senior High
  • Jennifer Paulson, second-grade teacher, Woodland Elementary
  • Lisa Thompson, fifth-grade teacher, Basswood Elementary School

These seven teachers are among 167 candidates across the state vying for the top title. A panel of community leaders will name a group of semifinalists and finalists. The 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by Education Minnesota, will be announced on May 6.

Candidates' photos are arranged alphabetically by last name from left to right.

Amelse Carr Johnston Kozarek Mitchell Paulson Thompson