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Prytz to receive Exemplary Service Award

WITC Barber/Cosmetology instructor Patty Prytz has recently been selected by the University of Wisconsin-Stout School of Education faculty and staff to receive the 2009-2010 Career and Technical Education Training Exemplary Service Award.

(5/12/10): Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Barber/Cosmetology instructor Patty Prytz has recently been selected by the University of Wisconsin-Stout School of Education faculty and staff to receive the 2009-2010 Career and Technical Education Training Exemplary Service Award. This award recognizes exemplary service provided to UW-Stout by cooperating teachers who have shared their professional expertise by providing experiences and guidance for its students.

“I was surprised,” said Prytz. “I wasn't aware that I had done anything out of the ordinary. I guess whenever a student needs help I am always willing to give a hand.”

Dr. Jacalyn Weissenburger, director of the UW-Stout School of Education, found Prytz to excel in several areas. These included: student teacher/practicum student supervision; providing appropriate assessment and feedback; encouraging reflection through various means; giving constructive and appropriate feedback to student teachers/ practicum students; good modeling; commitment to her profession and higher education teacher programs; and encouraging involvement by the student in family and the community.

“This is the first time that I've had the opportunity to assist a student from UW Stout,” Prytz said. “This student needed to do her student teaching and I told her it would be fine. The [UW-Stout] student was a student of mine years ago in the Barber/Cosmetology program here at WITC. It was very enjoyable to be able to help and see her succeed.”

“I could not think of a more deserving person than Patty,” said Twila Sauve, Academic Dean of Family and Consumer Services at WITC.  “Patty has worked with the Rice Lake Barber Cosmetology program since its inception, 20 years ago. Her dedication to her students has gone beyond the time she spends with them in the classroom, as she strives to instill within them the importance of professionalism, community and giving back.  Patty has a heart of gold, and each and every one of her students holds a special place in it.”

Prytz will receive a certificate and a check for $100 to show appreciation for her exemplary work with UW-Stout students.

“I would like to thank UW-Stout for the award,” Prytz said. “I feel it was quite an honor. I've always loved helping young people succeed.”