A highly organized and enthusiastic science teacher, Emily Olesen has helped her students make significant gains on standardized science scores at R.M. Marrs Magnet Center in Omaha. Olesen differentiates her instruction to address students' individual needs and delivers rigorous, relevant lessons, in both small and whole groups, often involving project-based inquiry. She incorporates technology into her students' daily routine and has aligned the school's science curriculum and assessment plan with state and national standards. Olesen was an integral part of the team that applied for and received a three-year grant from the Magnet Schools of America to provide startup funds for a primary practical physics lab, greenhouse and science lab. She not only helped write the grant but also helped lead its implementation. Her students perform well on criterion-referenced tests, particularly in science, and all of her students have met adequate yearly progress (AYP) for the past three years. Seventh-grade team leader for the past three years, Olesen is a member of numerous committees, and has presented her strategies at the National Magnet Schools of America Conference.
2001 University of Iowa, B.A.