Alum Wins 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year
English alumnus Corey Bulman (BA 1999) was named 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year on May 7. Education Minnesota, a statewide educators union, sponsors the award. Bulman is the second English alumnus granted this honor in four years: Tom Rademacher (BA 2004) won in 2014. Bulman, a language arts teacher at Mounds Westonka High School, was selected from 132 candidates, including 11 finalists. The Pioneer Press reported that the Minnesota Teacher of the Year program has annually recognized pre-kindergarten through secondary teachers for 53 years.
In his acceptance speech, Bulman said that he struggled to keep up as an elementary school child, receiving special services in English. Now he teaches advanced placement classes in the subject: "Dedicated teachers early in my life opened up doors for me and showed me how important it was going to be in my life."
Throughout his education, teachers encouraged his curiosity and sense of wonder, he noted in his Teacher of the Year portfolio. "I believe it is important to have students consider the world that exists outside the walls of my classroom," he continued. "I want them to wrestle with complex issues vexing our society and articulate their ideas both in discussions and on paper."
The faculty of the Department of English is one of the most decorated on campus in terms of teaching awards; nearly half of English professors have been honored with University and/or College of Liberal Arts teaching recognition. Just this spring, two English professors received the University's highest graduate and undergraduate teaching awards. After his Minnesota Teacher of the Year win in 2014, Rademacher noted of his former professor, Michael Dennis Browne (now Professor Emeritus), "He's a man who cares so deeply and equally about writing, teaching, and people, and he taught me more about all three than any teacher I've ever had."