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Kasson-Mantorville school teacher Chris Otterness (second from left) was recently recognized for his work with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). He is shown here with Kelly Braun, K-M Director of Teaching and Learning, to the far left, and his teaching cohort Aaron Davis and K-M Superintendent Mark Matuska are to the right.
Submitted photo Kasson-Mantorville school teacher Chris Otterness (second from left) was recently recognized for his work with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). He is shown here with Kelly Braun, K-M Director of Teaching and Learning, to the far left, and his teaching cohort Aaron Davis and K-M Superintendent Mark Matuska are to the right.

Since 2002, the Outstanding Educator Award of the Rochester Area Math Science Partnership (RAMSP) has recognized K-12 professionals who strive toward the highest levels of excellence within their schools and community, with a focus on initiative and continuous improvement in every aspect of their work. 

On Jan. 18, RAMSP and Southeast Service Cooperative (SSC) hosted the 26th annual dinner to recognize the work of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teachers in the greater Rochester area. 

This year’s award was presented to the teaching team of Aaron Davis and Chris Otterness (Spring Grove alumnus) from Kasson-Mantorville High School. 
Through their commitment to the Industrial Technology program, they continually demonstrate to students the effective collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking that employers want out of their future workforce. 
Together, they have created incredible learning opportunities and support for their students, making a significant difference in STEM education and college and career readiness. 
Otterness and Davis accepted the award with humble enthusiasm. This was the first time an educator from Kasson-Mantorville had received this prestigious award, and the first time that a teaching team was honored.
Kelly Braun, K-M Director of Teaching and Learning, said, “Aaron and Chris are passionate; they love their trade. They love learning, and they love inspiring and empowering students to learn new things. 
“Whether it be a project, a curriculum, a student invention or a relationship, these two are literally in the process of building all day long. 
“We are truly blessed to have the dynamic duo of Davis and Otterness on our Kasson-Mantorville educational team, and they are more than deserving of this recognition.”