St. Thomas Academy’s Westlake named Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Air Force Association

The Minnesota Chapter of the Air Force Association has named Mark Westlake, physics teacher at St. Thomas Academy, the 2014-2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. He was recognized for his accomplishments and achievements in exciting students about science and math, and preparing them to use and contribute to current and future technologies.

“Mark has innate ability to reach students and get them excited about physics and engineering,” headmaster Matthew Mohs said. “His personality, love for students and passion for teaching are incredibly motivating to students... I cannot think of another teacher more deserving of this honor.”

In addition to being a physics instructor, Westlake is a master teacher for the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam program, serves as chairman of the advisory committee for the Solar Car Challenge, and writes a blog for National Geographic. He also serves as co-moderator of the St. Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team, a program with the goal of developing a stronger, homegrown, human resource, and a brighter and more creative technological workforce.

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