Laura Unterholzer

Laura Unterholzner

Century High School science teacher Laura Unterholzner has been named Secondary Science Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Science Teachers Association.

Unterholzner will be recognized Friday during the Minnesota Conference On Science Education at the River Center in St. Cloud. The statewide science convention is held by the Minnesota Science Teachers Association.

Cheryle Moertel, also a Century science teacher and a past recipient of the award, nominated Unterholzner for the award. 

"Although she has been a good teacher, during the last five years she has become a fantastic teacher," Moertel said. "Laura has earned National Board Certification in Adolescent and Young Adult Science. This is a substantial accomplishment and demonstrates Laura's regard for the very highest  level of teaching."

Unterholzner is the fourth Southeast Minnesota science teacher to win the statewide honor and the second in the last two years. Nora Gathje of Chatfield High School received the award last year, and Chuck Handlon, a retired Century teacher, received the award in 2010. Moertel was awarded before Handlon. 

St. Charles teacher Denine Vogeli won the Minnesota Earth Science Teachers Association award last year, a similar recognition for earth science teachers. 

"I think this says a lot about the quality of teaching in Southeast Minnesota as we are competing against science teachers statewide, including the highly touted Twin Cities," Handlon said. 

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