Elizabeth Duewer

Title: Teacher, Student
Company: College for Kids , Continuing Education with the University of Wisconsin, Platteville
Location: Platteville, Wisconsin, United States

Elizabeth Duewer, Teacher at College for Kids, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in teaching.

With 40 years of professional experience, Dr. Duewer has cultivated her education methods and has fostered generations of musicians and students. She teaches science, piano, violin, and viola, is a teacher with College for Kids. She has worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer with the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, from 1979 to 2010. The award Dr. Duewer is proudest of receiving is the “Supportive Services Award” because that was a student award and there were only one or two teachers per year who received that award. On multiple occasions, Dr. Duewer has had a student who was profoundly deaf and that student, along with other students, looked up to Dr. Duewer because she treated them with so much respect. She has been told by many former students that she had a great impact on them and is happy about her positive effect of others.

Dr. Duewer began her career as a student at the University of Illinois, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science, with honors, in 1960. She continued her studies with the school, receiving a Master of Science in 1962, completed postgraduate coursework with Duke University from 1962 to 1963 and later joined the University of Arizona, earning a PhD in 1971. Dr. Duewer entered her profession because she was always interested in science and had a love for the field in her very early years. Her mother, Ella Faye Hubbard, taught first grade through eight in a one-room schoolhouse, and shared that a young Dr. Duewer did her first dissection on a caterpillar at age two and at age eight would let caterpillars crawl up her arm for at least 30 minutes at a time. This curiosity from a young age never wavered and as a testament to Dr. Duewer’s work, she has been inducted into various organizations. She has been initiated into the following honor societies: the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, the biology honorary society Beta Beta Beta, the floriculture honorary society Phi Alpha Xi and Society of the Sigma Xi, the science honorary society.

Dr. Duewer was fortunate to have had a number of teachers who influenced her to pursue her passion for education including her great uncle George Hubbard, who was a professor at Oberlin College, and her paternal grandmother, who a high school math teacher. Dr. Duewer’s sister, Julia Hubbard, taught elementary school music and one of her other sisters, Dorothy Skidmore, is a flute and piano teacher. Dr. Duewer is extremely proud of her grandson, Alex Harman, who will graduate with a degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in May 2019. When he was 10 years old, he declared that he wanted to earn a Ph.D. in entomology and following his graduation, he will attend Oklahoma State University, where he will also work as a teacher’s assistant in tandem with his graduate studies. He already has over 6,000 specimens in his insect collection from all over the world and plans on expanding his collection and his knowledge.

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