Being awarded the Presidential Award is truly an honor as it signifies exemplary teaching of science among educators throughout our country. Receiving this award not only rewards me for my hard work, but validates my passion for educating students in science and other academic areas in the River Valley School District. The continuous support and encouragement I receive from family, friends, colleagues, and administrators increases my desire to be the best educator I can be for future students.  

Lori Baryenbruch Spring Green, WI | K-6, Science, 2014

Lori Baryenbruch has been a fifth grade teacher for 26 years at River Valley Elementary Spring Green.  Lori shares her passion for science with her students through a multi-disciplinary, hands-on, project-based learning approach. Students are engaged and challenged to think like real-world scientists or engineers solving real-world problems in collaborative teams.    Lori's enthusiasm for science energizes her participation in science-related professional development, including the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy; Engineering is Elementary Professional Development Facilitator Workshop; Southwest Wisconsin Science Standards and Engineering Practices Project; and the Next Generation Science Standards Training.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge of STEM with her colleagues.   Lori has been a mentor teacher for new teachers as well as a cooperating teacher through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Her leadership skills can also be seen through her role as Administrative Building Coordinator.   Lori has a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a M.S. in middle school education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She is certified as a professional educator in first through eighth grade elementary/middle level education, and as a first through ninth grade science and professional development plan team member.