WEAC member Roger King is Wisconsin High School Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at his school, Roger King, an agriscience teacher at Holmen High School, was named Wisconsin’s High School Teacher of the Year for the 2015-16 school year. Described as “a resourceful innovator,” King’s teaching philosophy centers around practical application of learning principles. In order to prepare students for the future, he teaches them to “investigate real world issues and problems, develop research and questioning skills, develop problem solving skills” and gather “knowledge through a hands-on approach to each lesson” that he teaches.

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WEAC member Suzanne Devine is Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at her school, Suzanne Devine, a seventh- and eighth-grade science and social studies teacher at Northstar Middle School in Eau Claire, was named Wisconsin’s Middle School Teacher of the Year for the 2015-16 school year. Preparing children for success in all areas of life and instilling a love for learning is the core of Devine’s educational philosophy. “I feel that by building great character, each child is able to become more successful …,” she says.

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WEAC member Mai Shoua Xiong is Wisconsin Elementary School Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at her school, Mai Shoua Xiong, a first-grade teacher at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Academy of Accelerated Learning, was named Wisconsin’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year for the 2015-16 school year. “My role is to mentor and develop my students to reach their greatest potential by setting high standards for every student and finding various ways for them to achieve the standards,” she said. “Education is a unique and individual experience for each child who enters my classroom.”

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WEAC member Amy Reed named Wisconsin Special Services Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at her school, Amy Reed, a special education teacher at Kimberly High School, was named Wisconsin’s Special Services Teacher of the Year for the 2015-16 school year. Reed describes her personal philosophy as educating “every student with maximum independence and soft skills in mind.” She stresses a focus on teaching not only core curricula but also understanding what each student would like to do after high school. This allows her to help them develop a plan to get there, teaching students not just what to learn, but how to learn.

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Agriculture education could use more support, says award-winning teacher

Freedom teacher and WEAC member Paul Larson is concerned that the state of Wisconsin is not dong as good a job as it could in supporting Agriculture Education. As it is not a core-subject for standardized testing, Ag Ed is directly affected when budgets are cut. However, Wisconsin’s roughly 250 agriculture education programs can actually improve student performance on standardized tests, as well as helping lower dropout rates. “It’s really a great program to keep students engaged in school,” Larson says in a new radio interview by Wisconsin Education News.

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How would you describe a leader?

Speaker Randy Fox – author of “A Leader Worth Following” – led WEAC Summer Leadership Academy participants Sunday in an examination of what it means to be a leader. Some of the words they used to describe a leader included: Empathetic listener, confident, charismatic, integrity, visionary, humility, inspiring, passion, determined, humble, risk-taker, brave, and collaborative.

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