Carol Biskupic-Knight, a fourth-grade teacher at Sato Elementary School has been named an OnPoint Community Credit Union Educator of the Year Finalist in the K-8 category. The annual contest, which began in 2010, celebrates local educators who work to inspire enthusiasm and creativity in the classroom while making an impact on students, families and surrounding communities.
As a leader in science education, Carol has been key to changing the way science education is taught in her district and beyond. For the past 40 years, students have walked through the door of Carol’s classroom and are welcomed to a year of discovery where they are treated as professional scientists, technologists, engineers, artists, and mathematicians taking on new adventures in learning and innovation. She works to build on the natural curiosity in students, giving them the tools to explore and observe the world around them, work effectively with others and communicate their experiences. She has also worked to implement Sato’s STEAM night and district K-8 Science Expo, acted as Sato’s STEAM Coordinator, and conducted numerous professional development sessions for preservice and veteran teachers. During the COVID-19 crisis Carol has also provided a robust plan and lessons for her students and their families.
“Carol's 4th grade classroom is a place where she inspires and cultivates creativity and enthusiasm in students. She has a whole-hearted commitment to an inquiry based, integrated, hands-on learning model that puts students in the driver’s seat of their own learning,” says Annie Pleau Principal at Sato Elementary. “Carol is also an amazingly rich resource for staff, always eager to share her vast knowledge base and best practices with her colleagues. She truly is an asset to the Sato school community.”
As the education community navigates the COVID-19 crisis, OnPoint Community Credit Union is recognizing teachers who go above and beyond to support families, students and peers. The 2020 Excellence in Education Educator of the Year contest awards two remarkable teachers (one K–8 and one 9–12) by paying their mortgages for one year and donating $2,500 to each of their schools. The remaining two finalists will each receive $5,000 for themselves and $1,500 for their schools. The winners will be selected on May 27, 2020.
Congratulations and good luck, Carol!