Warner Noyce Scholar Lauded for Teaching Excellence

Sean CoffeyNoyce scholar Sean Coffey, a master’s student in the science education program who graduated from the Warner School of Education in October 2009, has already seen his hard work pay off in the classroom. This spring, the Rochester City School District (RCSD) celebrated the achievements of first-year educators through the presentation of the Career In Teaching (CIT) New Teacher of the Year Award, and Coffey was one of the select teachers to receive the award for their excellence in teaching.

Coffey, who always had a love for science and working with people, says that the science education program at Warner has really allowed and encouraged him to develop his own teaching philosophy. He credits his time at Warner for providing him with an excellent background in the latest theory and teaching techniques and creating a superb teaching network of like-minded individuals who share the same ideals, one being a commitment to social justice.

“Sean is an outstanding example of all that the Warner School science education program works to be, support, and do,” says April Luehmann, an associate professor who directs the science education program. “He is a passionate, thoughtful, competent, and committed professional who sees and celebrates all students in his classroom as he creates science learning experiences that are meaningful and rigorous.”

Coffey, who currently teaches Living Environment and eighth grade science at John Marshall High School in the RCSD, was one of the first talented undergraduates to receive a Noyce scholarship to enroll tuition free into one of Warner’s graduate teacher preparation programs in math or science. He has benefitted from, and continues to benefit from, the ongoing monthly professional development seminars that he receives as part of the scholarship. In an effort to help improve the learning opportunities offered to all students in science and mathematics and especially those in high-need districts across the state, Coffey and other Noyce scholars have made a commitment to teach in a high-need school for at least two years following graduation.

Coffey also is the 2009 recipient of the Warner School’s Eleanore F. Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes a graduate student who embraces a passion for instructional excellence and a strong commitment to the education of children.

Contact: Theresa Danylak

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