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Superior educator named a 2023 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year

Lori Danz, a biology teacher at Superior High School
Lori Danz, a biology teacher at Superior High School(Quinn Gorham KBJR 6)
Published: May. 11, 2022 at 11:21 AM CDT
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SUPERIOR, WI -- A Superior educator who’s been instrumental in developing the district’s school forest has been named a 2023 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year.

Lori Danz, a biology teacher at Superior High School, learned of the honor during a surprise ceremony held at the school forest in Foxboro Wednesday morning.

She is one of five 2023 Wisconsin Teachers of the Year and the first educator from Superior to win the award since 1970.

Danz helps coordinate the school forest.

She’s credited for making improvements to the school forest so it can be a place for students and teachers to enjoy outdoor education.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, she also set up a camera system for classrooms across the district to observe the forest and created video lessons for classes.

Her coworkers praised her for not only inspiring a love of learning among students and motivating those around her, but always having a positive attitude about student learning in the Superior community.

We’ll hear from Danz and her students tonight on the news at 5 and 6 p.m.

So far, a school counselor in Oshkosh and a geography teacher in Shorewood have learned of their awards. Danz was the third to be surprised. The other two winners will learn of their honor soon.

Then, all five 2023 Teachers of the Year will spend the rest of the year doing activities around the state and will be provided professional development opportunities.

In the fall, one of the five Wisconsin Teachers of the Year is selected by a committee to represent the Badger State as our National Teacher of the Year representative for the CCSSO National Teacher of the Year program.

Each state selects one educator to be its national representative, and of the states, one is selected as the National Teacher of the Year.

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