Gail B. Wortmann
Ottumwa High School
501 East Second Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Anatomy and Physiology, 10–12

Click on the questions to hear Gail B. Wortmann's interview at the State Teacher of the Year conference. You must have a Real Player to listen to the interview. If you do not have a Real Player, click on the Real Player graphic:

1) What is one thing that needs to change in order to keep quality teachers in the profession?

Tell us about the teacher who meant the most to you when you were growing up.


Gail B. Wortmann, 2001
State Teacher of the Year, Iowa
With 27 years of teaching behind her, Gail B. Wortmann daily appreciates the opportunity to engage students in relevant learning at Ottumwa High School, Iowa. She has taught many different science disciplines from seventh grade through college, but she prefers teaching Anatomy and Physiology at the high school level. Wortmann earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1973. She received her Masters of Arts degree in Science Education in 1986 from Northeast Missouri State University. In addition to public-school teaching, Mrs. Wortmann gives many presentations and in-services across the country, promoting technology integration in the classroom. Her many awards include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, an Access Excellence Fellowship, and Iowa's Outstanding Biology Teacher. Since 1997, Wortmann has served as a participant in the nationally acclaimed Pioneer Mentor program, sponsored by Pioneer New Media Technologies.  

Scholastic is the proud corporate sponsor of the National Teacher of the Year Program.