Forest Lake Area High School agriculture teacher Michael Miron will receive the Region III Conference Teacher of the Year award from the Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education. Region III includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Mississippi.
Miron was selected because of “his significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs in career and technical education,” according to Awards Chair Ginny Karbowski.
Miron is known for his innovative efforts in developing and integrating core academics into the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources curriculum at Forest Lake Area High School. His curriculum includes basic science, economic and literacy lessons.
Miron has collaborated with members of the Minnesota Council of Economic Education to write economic curriculum that focused on local farm commodities. He has taught middle school students about world hunger and agriculture. He has brought students to the Mayo Clinic to learn about genetics and genetically modified organisms.
A certified University of Minnesota teacher specialist for the College in the Schools animal science course, Miron gives students the opportunity to earn four college credits while in high school.
The announcement was made in June. Miron will be recognized for his regional win at the upcoming Minnesota Career and Technical Education Conference on Nov. 14 in Plymouth.
The National Association for Career and Technical Education 2013 Teacher of the Year award will be announced at the ACTE Annual Convention in Las Vegas. The convention will be held Dec. 4-7, and Miron will be competing against four other regional winners for the award.