Outstanding Educator
Kathy Rusert

Kathy Rusert, Science and Reading Teacher, Acorn School District, Mena, Arkansas

Kathy Rusert teaches science in grades 7 and 8, science labs in grades 5 and 6, and remedial reading in the Acorn School District in Mena, Arkansas. On any given day, students may be dissecting rats, testing pH levels, or working in the outdoor classroom that she was instrumental in creating. She believes in hands-on, interdisciplinary education and uses PLT to make the learning fun and meaningful.

Kathy regularly partners with area businesses and nonprofits to further her students’ learning through field trips, research, and community service. She also teaches a Methods of Teaching Science for Southern Arkansas University that introduces future teachers to PLT. She has been a freelance writer for PBS Teaching Source, and her classes have been recognized in many magazines. Her awards include Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 2005 and Outstanding Arkansas PLT Teacher of the Year in 2011.

“Kathy has succeeded in making science fun for students, and by making science fun, they inevitably score better on standardized exams.”

– Daniel Caron, Teacher at Acorn High School

Kathy was named National PLT Outstanding Educator in 2012.

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