A Mayo Clinic doctor and a science teacher at Rochester Lourdes High School have been honored by the Rochester Area Math Science Partnership for work they have done to promote scientific learning.
At a dinner celebrating the 25th anniversary of the group, Dr. Jim Greenleaf was given the Distinguished Leadership Award; it is the first to be given by the partnership. He is an ultrasound scientist, professor of biomedical engineering and associate professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic.
Greenleaf is one of Mayo's three representatives on the RAMSP board, and the longest serving among all board members. He was formerly its board chairman.
"His presence on the RAMSP Board has been instrumental in providing more innovative math and science opportunities for our children throughout southeast Minnesota, as he continues to be an outstanding leader on our board," said Kasson-Mantorville Superintendent Mark Matuska in introducing Greenleaf. "It is extremely evident that work is still great fun for him."
At Mayo, he has received the Distinguished Lecturer Award, Outstanding Paper Award, Achievement Award, Rayleigh Award and the Distinguished Service Award.
He showed his commitment to making a difference in education for underprivileged youth as he tutored middle and high school students after school hours.
Angela Weiss received the Outstanding Educator award. She is a math/science support teacher in the Lourdes Learning Center and is also the teacher of the Project Lead the Way.
According to Matt Klebe, who works with her in the center, "Angela is willing to go the extra mile for her students and spends her free time looking for ways to improve."
When she had the chance to take a two-week PLTW course at the University of Minnesota, she jumped at the chance. Klebe said Weiss has a wide range of knowledge in science and math but also has the ability to teach them well, to reach students who might otherwise struggle.
For example, when asked to have three students present at the Partnership Team meeting, instead of three "high flyer" students, she chose three "non-traditional" students who "were able to shine by highlighting the hands-on approach to science and learning that Angela brought to the classroom."