St. Croix Falls guidance counselor Michael Wilson named 2019 Wisconsin Special Services Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at his school Tuesday, Michael Wilson, a school counselor at St. Croix Falls High School and a member of WEAC Region 1, was named Wisconsin’s 2019 Special Services Teacher of the Year. “Students in crisis or students who are dealing with serious situations need more than just a friendly ear. They need guidance, assistance, and a coach to help them through the tough times,” he said.

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‘How my mentor saved my professional life’

During Teacher Appreciation Week, Sun Prairie’s Chris Gleason, Wisconsin’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, reminds us that, “Our most important resource as a nation is our children and the potential that resides within them. The work of a teacher is to cultivate, nurture, and develop this potential to the fullest degree possible,” writes Gleason, a member of WEAC Region 6. “As such, we must provide our youngest educators with the support they need to accomplish this difficult, complex and rewarding work.”

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Three WEAC members receive NEA Foundation grants

Three WEAC members have received Student Achievement/Learning and Leadership grants from the NEA Foundation. They are: Roger King, Holmen High School, a $5,000 Learning & Leadership Grant; Janet Key, Lowell Elementary School, Milwaukee, a $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant; and Traci Kramer, Princeton School District, $5,000 Student Achievement Grant.

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Two WEAC members named UW-Oshkosh Adjuncts of the Year

Fond du Lac High School social studies teacher Jason Walter – a member of WEAC Region 5 – and Neenah High School teacher Bruce Moriarty – a member of WEAC Region 3 – have been named 2018 Adjuncts of the Year by the Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

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Spotlight on Locals: Green Bay Education Association

In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen highlights the Green Bay Education Association, whose success is rooted in efforts to reach out to members and potential members and help them learn and grow as both educators and as union leaders. Programs include Emerging Voices, Early Career Learning Labs, Early Career Leadership Fellowship and National Board Certification support. “The greatest strength of the GBEA is that our members understand the value of unions — locally, statewide, and nationwide,” says GBEA Treasurer Dan Gage.

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UW-Eau Claire education student says she is fearful, and we’re not doing enough to stop school violence

In a column published by Education Week, UW-Eau Claire education student Rachel Badura – a member of WEAC Aspiring Educators – opens up about her fears of facing school violence as a future teacher. “As it is right now, I have to grasp that I could be asked to carry a weapon while I’m standing in front of my students,” she writes. “As it is right now, I have to seriously consider the fact that my body might become a shield if it means the difference between a child’s life or death. And I have to think about the fact that we are a nation so divided on this issue that almost nothing is being done to prevent more school shootings.”

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WTCS recertification elections overwhelmingly successful

Seventeen of this year’s 19 recertification elections in Wisconsin Technical College System locals were successful, according to results from the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC). Even in the two locals where the vote came up short, 50% of the unit members voted yes but the vote fell just short of the 52% required.

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Fond du Lac teacher Sarah Puddy honored by American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Sarah Puddy, Family and Consumer Sciences Education teacher at Sabish Middle School in Fond du Lac, has been notified that she will be presented the 2018 National New Achiever for Family and Consumer Sciences award by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) on June 26 at the 109th AAFCS Annual Conference and Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. Sarah is being honored for her work related to the Facebook FCS Teachers Group which she established in December 2013. The FCS group expanded from 15-20 members in Wisconsin to its current number of 11,123 members worldwide.

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WEAC leaders, members participate in Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools

WEAC members and WEAC leaders joined with educators and community members throughout the state Friday to send the message that Enough is Enough when it comes to gun violence in schools. WEAC President Ron Martin and Secretary Treasurer Arlene Braden donned “Enough” T-shirts and then headed to a rally at the State Capitol. WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen joined the Tomahawk Education Association and community members Friday morning during a school walk-in to support safe public schools. Similar activities were taking place Friday throughout the state and nation.

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