MTEA member Chad Sperzel-Wuchterl is state’s 2020 High School Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony Wednesday, Chad Sperzel-Wuchterl of Milwaukee, an art teacher at Reagan High School in Milwaukee Public Schools and a member of WEAC and the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA), was named Wisconsin’s 2020 High School Teacher of the Year. Sperzel-Wuchterl’s students’ artwork has been displayed throughout that greater community, not only in the school but also in university campus art galleries, the Wisconsin Capitol, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and revolving displays in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

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Wisconsin Teacher of the Year joins other top educators at ‘Teach-In for Freedom’ in El Paso

Wisconsin High School Teacher of the Year – and WEAC Region 7 member – Sarahí Monterrey joined dozens of other state teachers of the year and hundreds of NEA members last weekend for the “Teach-In for Freedom,” an all-day event organized by Teachers Against Child Detention (TACD) to protest the inhumane detention of children at the Mexican border and the criminalization of immigrant families. “The Teach-In in El Paso was a powerful experience because teachers were united to be a voice for the over 10,000 children who are in detention centers across our country,” Monterrey told weac.org. “This was not a protest but rather an opportunity to educate the public about immigration policies and the effects of these policies on children.”

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Memoninee Indian educator – and WEAC member – Benjamin Grignon is state’s 2019 High School Teacher of the Year

Benjamin Grignon, teacher of traditional Menominee crafts at Menominee Indian High School in Keshena and a member of WEAC Region 3, is a Wisconsin 2019 High School Teacher of the Year. As a teacher of traditional arts, specifically Menominee arts, Grignon is unique. “I work with students not only on the art forms of our people, but the language and cultural practices that go along with these arts,” he said. “I am constantly finding opportunities to use our culture to reinforce other subjects in our school.”

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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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Sheboygan’s Matthew Miller to represent Wisconsin in National Teacher of the Year program

Inspired by a grandfather who worked on civil rights and progressive issues, Matthew W. Miller Sr., an English learner teacher at North High School in Sheboygan, pushes himself to make a difference in the lives of his students. Named Wisconsin’s 2018 Special Services Teacher of the Year last spring, he will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year program. Matthew is a member of WEAC Region 3.

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Sheboygan’s Matt Miller named state’s Special Services Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at his school, Matthew W. Miller Sr., an English learner teacher at North High School in Sheboygan, was named Wisconsin’s 2018 Special Services Teacher of the Year. A former student wrote that “Mr. Miller not only showed me and many other students what a leader should be like, but also how to become a leader ourselves.” Miller is a WEAC Region 3 member.

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WEAC member Barbara VanDoorn of Lake Holcombe is Wisconsin Special Services Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at her school, Barbara VanDoorn, a school counselor at Lake Holcombe School, was named Wisconsin’s Special Services Teacher of the Year for the 2016-17 school year. Barbara is a member of WEAC and WEAC Region 1.

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Milwaukee teacher Mai Shoua Xiong throws out ‘first pitch’ at Brewers game on National Teacher Day

To help celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week 2016, the Milwaukee Brewers invited Milwaukee teacher – and Wisconsin’s 2015 Elementary School Teacher of the Year – Mai Shoua Xiong to throw out the first pitch at Miller Park.

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Teacher of the Year Roger King plants seeds of knowledge at Holmen High School

It takes more than knowing your content to be a great teacher. You have to connect. It’s a fine balance of art and science, and it’s what’s earned WEAC member Roger King recognition as Wisconsin High School Teacher of the Year and our representative to the National Teacher of the Year program. King is an agriscience teacher at Holmen High School.

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Wisconsin Teacher of the Year, 2 students learn value of team-building at Space Camp

Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Diana Callope brought two of her students to Space Camp last month, where they all learned the power of team-building. “There were opportunities to eat dinners where there were actual NASA engineers and actual rocket scientists,” Callope told DPI-ConnectEd. “One woman there said her favorite part of her job was when there’s something new they have to figure out and they have to collaborate and communicate.” That’s a lesson Callope said she is bringing back to her entire Whitewater Middle School class this fall.

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