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Wauwatosa Occupational Therapists honored with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Health Sciences Community Partnership Award

Two District employees, Mary McElwee, MS, OTR and Kelly Norton, MS, OTR have been awarded the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Health Sciences Community Partnership Award for their commitment to providing opportunities for students to learn and for collaboration with faculty and staff.
 
Wauwatosa Occupational Therapists have been tremendous partners to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Department of Occupational Science and Technology (OST) for more than a decade, working with the university's level 1 and 2 fieldwork students. In addition to continuously supervising students, Mary McElwee, MS, OTR and Kelly Norton, MS, OTR have demonstrated their comitment in many other ways. 

Mary McElwee, MS, OTR

  • Mary is a graduate of the UWM’s OT program, and as a member of the Assisitve Technology and Accessible Design Certificate (ATAD) Advisory board, she has provided guidance and collaboration with the faculty of this program.
  • She is also a member of the Interdisciplinary Technology Instruction Program for individualized Technology Implementation (ITIP2) clinical advisory board. In this role, she has worked to spearhead and coordinate a new interprofessional fieldwork opportunity for preservice OT, Speech and PT students participating in this innovative interprofessional training grant. 
  • Mary has delivered numerous lectures to students on Occupational Therapy and Assisitive technology in the Schools as well as bridging gaps between research and clinical practice by co-teaching an advanced research course with Dr. Mark Johnston.

Kelly Norton, MS, OTR

  • Kelly is also a graduate of UWM’s OT Program. 
  • As Clinical Coordinator for Occupational Therapy field education for Wauwatosa School District, her partnership drives consistency in student education.
  • Kelly is also a fieldwork educator, completing the hands-on work of supervising Occupational Therapy program students.
  • She has also taken additional responsibility as a partner in the Department of Health Sciences' ATAD Certificate by supervising students within the certificate.
  • Kelly has been an enthusiastic leader and role model for students as well as a leader within the local, state and national level. For example, she is an item test writer for the National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy; and she is an active committee member for WI Department of Public Instruction.

The fieldwork education supervision is a 12 week, full time plus commitment. Kelly and Mary are always the first to volunteer to take on these commitments at least twice per year.

Congratulations to Mary and Kelly for this exciting achievement! 

 

 

 

The virtual award ceremony was held on Friday, May 8, where both McElwee and Norton were recognized for their exemplary commitment to providing opportunities for students to learn and for their collaboration with college faculty and staff.
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