Award-winning teacher puts students first
Gina Wagner walks into her classroom each day with a positive attitude and a passion for teaching, and it shows. She was named a recipient of a Kohl Fellowship in 2004 and to the All USA Today Teacher Team in 2005. Her nature is to tackle challenges head-on — her latest is teaching at the newly opened McKinley Academy, a Manitowoc school district charter school for at-risk ninth and tenth-graders.
Her professional accomplishments are many and she has achieved the highest certification in her field, both National Board Certification and Professional Development Certification. She is fluent in both French and Spanish. Plus, her resume includes a long list of “Best of” presentations and “top teacher” honors. But for Wagner, it all comes down to making the most of every day, for the betterment of her students.
“My strength (with students) is my enthusiasm and my passion to inspire,” she says. “Student rapport is of the utmost importance. Students need to know that we care about them and their future. I might be the only positive interaction they have with someone that day, so it is crucial that they know that they are special and important to me…”