Cloquet teachers earn statewide honors

Cynthia Welsh, a science research mentor, and Matt Winbigler, an earth science teacher, have been named Distinguished Educators by the MN GIS/LIS Consortium.

Cynthia Welsh, left, and Matt Winbigler were recently named Distinguished Educators by the MN GIS/LIS Consortium.
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CLOQUET — Two local teachers received statewide recognition for their work in geographic information systems and land information systems, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Cynthia Welsh, a science research mentor at Cloquet High School, and Matt Winbigler, an earth science teacher at Cloquet High School, have been named Distinguished Educators by the MN GIS/LIS Consortium. The award honors educators who demonstrate leadership, creativity and enthusiasm for the effective use of geography and technology to prepare students for participation in the workforce and the geospatial community, the news release said.

Welsh is the director of the Northeast Minnesota Regional and American Indian Science and Engineering Fair. In addition to her mentorship of Cloquet High School students, Welsh also mentors area teachers and other students, according to the news release.

Winbigler led a variety of workshops for Minnesota teachers, offering them advice and suggestions on using GIS in everyday teaching, the news release said.

They will receive their awards at the consortium's annual conference set for Oct. 12-14 in Bemidji, according to the consortium website.

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