From the Department of Public Instruction
Lou Kindschi, a WEAC member and social studies teacher at Oregon High School, is Wisconsin’s Global Educator of the Year.
Lou received the award from State Superintendent Tony Evers at the State Education Convention in Milwaukee. She was chosen based on her efforts to infuse global studies across all of her classes, her work as coordinator for her school’s Global Education Achievement Certificate, and her outreach to make global studies a part of every student’s education.
“With international travel easier than ever, our economy continues to become more globally connected,” Evers said. “Those students who have learned other languages, completed coursework with global themes, and engaged in international activities will be ready for college, careers, and their global future. Through her dedication to global learning, Lou is a great representative for our first Global Educator of the Year award.”
Lou organized a regional Global Education Summit for administrators, educators, and students and developed a global education webpage to provide resources and assistance for other educators to include an international perspective in their classes. Outside the classroom, Lou advises the Diversity Club that provides students with opportunities to experience other cultures through a variety of activities, including a global speakers forum, foreign film nights, field trips to international fairs and ethnic dinners, and a new WorldLens project that has students creating films about topics of importance and sharing them with teens from around the world.
Lou has an extensive personal background in global learning. She interned in Bangkok for her law degree and secured multiple Fulbright scholarships for summer study tours in Indonesia, India, Thailand, and Germany. Her business card describes her as a teacher, global education coordinator, and lifelong learner. In her application materials, she said she is “a passionate student of the world.” She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and sociology and a juris doctorate from the Law School. She earned a teaching certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
The Global Educator of the Year award is sponsored by the Statewide International Education Council, chaired by Gilles Bousquet, UW-Madison French professor, and comes with a $1,000 prize supported by Dane County Rotary Clubs from DeForest, Madison East and West, and Sun Prairie. Dean Bowles, UW-Madison emeritus professor, and Sue Borden, DeForest Area School District administrator, represented the Statewide International Education Council at the awards ceremony.
Be sure to check out Lou’s Pinterest site.
Read more about Lou on ConnectOregonWI.com:
It’s not unusual for Oregon High School social studies teacher Lou Kindschi to be away on an educational trip to Europe, Asia or South America, but Friday, her journey took her just a while east along I-94. The morning of Jan.
As an experienced world traveler, when Lou Kindschi says goodbye to someone halfway across the planet, chances are she’ll never see them again. The veteran Oregon High School educator was doubly excited when she found out that not only would she be hosting a pair of Russian educators later this month, but that they’re ones she worked with during her trip to Russia last spring.
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Lou Kindschi, a WEAC member and social studies teacher at Oregon High School, is Wisconsin’s Global Educator of the Year. She was chosen based on her efforts to infuse global studies across all of her classes, her work as coordinator for her school’s Global Education Achievement Certificate, and her…