BAYFIELD, WI — The White House is honoring a Bayfield County Teacher in a big way.
Richard Erickson, who teaches high school science classes, has received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, which is the highest federal award for elementary through high school math and science teachers.
Erickson has taught at Bayfield High School for 25 years, and previously taught at a Twin Cities area high school for 10 years.
Erickson is the only teacher in the KBJR 6 coverage area to earn the award this year.
According to the award publication, Erickson collaborates with scientists from the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, the National Park Service, and Northland College to provide his students with authentic scientific experiences and research opportunities.
In addition, he has worked with the University of Wisconsin to develop a summer program focused on indigenous arts and sciences targeted toward Native American students.
The publication also says for the past three years, he has coordinated science festival events in the northwest region of the state and has served on the Wisconsin Department of Public instruction “Reimagining Science Fairs” committee.
Erickson was also the 2014 Wisconsin High School Teacher of the Year.