St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center teacher earns state award

February 11, 2019
Tom Wendt holding award

Congratulations to St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center (ALC) teacher Tom Wendt! He received the 2019 Exemplary Award from the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP). Wendt was honored for his outstanding dedication, service and commitment to alternative education. Wendt, who teaches science at the ALC, provides many hands-on projects including canoe and kayak building, weaving and textiles and butterfly propagation. He also organizes the statewide MAAP Elympics quiz bowl competition.

“Tom is an amazingly innovative classroom teacher whose students and colleagues love coming into his classroom to work on projects,” said ALC principal Mary Leadem Ticiu.

Wendt is described as a kind and patient teacher with a great sense of humor.

“He 'gets us' and is so cool about being creative and also pushing me enough to make progress,” one student said. “He cares about everybody and accepts us all.”