TEACHING HONOR - Recognized by her colleagues as the Fairmont Area Schools "Teacher of the Year," Rochelle Franzen, left, stands with students Paige Cowing and Morgan Sandersfeld at the Pioneer Museum.
FAIRMONT - Rochelle Franzen
is known for her
enthusiastic teaching style, good rapport with children and interest in education research.
Franzen's commitment to students and her
work with her
peers have impressed her
colleagues.Members of the teachers' association - Education Minnesota-Fairmont - recently voted her
as "Fairmont Teacher of the Year."Association members chose from a few teachers who were nominated by colleagues.Franzen is a fifth-grade teacher at Five Lakes Elementary School.Her
teaching specialties are in language arts and social studies.She has taught at Fairmont Area Schools for 19 years and was a teacher the three previous years at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Fairmont.
"I have always enjoyed teaching children at this age level," Franzen
is humbled by the award and credits her
colleagues for part of her
"This award belongs to all of us at Five Lakes Elementary School
said."It is an award for all the people I work with, because it is a team effort.Every person I teach with has been a wonderful teammate.The joy of working together is exciting."Besides her classroom teaching, Franzen has served on many school and teacher committees.She has several college degrees, including a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with emphasis on multiple intelligences and brain-based learning from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
Research for her
dissertation involved blending the understanding of how cognition is connected to emotion.Franzen earned a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and she also received a specialist degree there in educational leadership.Her bachelor's degree in elementary education was earned at Concordia College in St. Paul.She
is a Fairmont High School graduate.