Dan Kenning’s drive to share his knowledge with student teachers has earned him recognition from the Indiana Division of the Association of Teacher Educators.
Kenning was presented the 2013 ATE-I Outstanding Cooperating Teacher Award last month in Nashville, Ind. The award recognizes outstanding classroom cooperating teachers who supervise field experiences or student teachers in conjunction with Indiana collegiate teacher education programs.
“Cooperating teachers assist the student teachers in lesson planning, curriculum development, classroom discipline, standards alignment, and the hundreds of other tasks that must be done to run a classroom,” Kenning said.
“Once the student teacher teaches a lesson, we assist in a reflective process that allows the candidate to highlight their successes, make improvements, and learn from their mistakes.”
A 1999 Wheeler High School graduate, Kenning has been employed by his alma mater for nine years as a teacher of physics, earth and space science, and integrated chemistry and physics.
“I am very fortunate to have a job that enables me to share my interests with hundreds of other students,” Kenning said.
“I also enjoy designing and implementing cross-curricular lessons that may, for example, integrate physics and music. Last year, I was able to bring the band down to my room and teach them the physics behind how their instruments work.”
Kenning studied physics at Valparaiso University, earning a master’s in secondary education at Indiana University Northwest in 2009. He has also taught at Valparaiso University’s Astronomy Lab for four years.
A member of the National Education Association and the Union Township Teachers’ Association, Kenning lives in Valparaiso with wife Tammy and sons Sean, Ryan and Nolan.