Bay View — St. Thomas More High School has announced that Project Lead the Way Chair and STEM Coordinator Sharon Tomski has been named the 2016 Distinguished Educator of the Year by the Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee.

Presented in partnership with the Greater Milwaukee Committee and the Faye McBeath Foundation, this prestigious award recognizes educators who have facilitated high academic performance, driven improvements in teaching and learning, and contributed significantly to closing the achievement gap, and received the respect and admiration of their colleagues in the education community.

“Innovative teachers inspire, challenge, and motivate students to achieve more than they ever thought possible,” STM Principal Nic Kelly said. “Mrs. Tomski is always searching for ways to engage her students and cultivate a lifelong interest in learning. I can think of no one more deserving of this incredible honor.”

Leading the way

Tomski joined St. Thomas More’s faculty in 2004 after spending over 20 years in the United States Naval Reserve, where she gained a unique perspective that she brings to her classroom.

She led the implementation of St. Thomas More’s Project Lead the Way program, a research-driven curriculum of college preparatory engineering, computer science, and biomedical sciences. In her role as a Project Lead the Way Master Teacher, Tomski also trains educators from high schools across the country.

Tomski’s leadership and vision helped St. Thomas More win the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Eureka Award in Education in 2015, as well as the 2008 MIT Club of Wisconsin Technology Achievement Award.

“A school is only as good as its teachers, and Mrs. Tomski is an incredible asset for our students,” STM President Mary McIntosh said. “Because of dedicated educators like Mrs. Tomski, St. Thomas More can provide students of all backgrounds and skill levels with engaging, individualized STEM instruction. St. Thomas More strives to be a leader in STEM, and, under Mrs. Tomski’s leadership, we believe that we provide our students with a STEM education that is truly unmatched in Milwaukee.”

The Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee is comprised of leadership from nine Milwaukee-area institutions of higher education, including Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Alverno College. The organization partners with many educational thought leaders, including PAVE, Milwaukee Succeeds, the Center for Urban Teaching, the Public Policy Forum, and the Greater Milwaukee Catholic Education Consortium.

Tomski was presented with the award at the annual Celebrate Teachers & Teaching recognition event held Oct. 13 at Discovery World, Milwaukee.

About STM 

Located in Milwaukee’s historic Bay View neighborhood, St. Thomas More High School educates over 500 students in grades nine through 12.

Emphasizing academic excellence and innovative project-based learning, St. Thomas More strives to nurture the whole student: spiritually, ethically, intellectually, emotionally, and physically, while encouraging students of all backgrounds to pursue their intellectual, professional, and spiritual interests.

For more information about St. Thomas More High School, go online to www.tmore.org.

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