Waupun teachers Rhonda Buchholz and Jason Buchholz are the latest to be named WEAC-Badgers Outstanding Educators. They will receive tickets to the University of Wisconsin Badger men’s hockey game November 15 versus Notre Dame at the Kohl Center.
This is Rhonda’s 20th year of teaching kindergarten for the Waupun Area School District. “Kindergarten is a very exciting year for children,” she said. “Kindergarten students not only learn academic skills such as how to read, write and gain number sense…they learn so much more. More importantly, they learn about becoming independent learners, gaining social confidence, and being curious about the world around them.
“I love seeing how eager students are to participate in class activities,” Rhonda said. “Every hand goes up and they each want a turn! It is my hope that students leave my classroom loving to learn and willing to try new things not only now but throughout their entire lives.”
Rhonda has belonged to her local association her entire twenty year career. “I feel it is important for teachers to stick together and support each other,” she said. “We need to help create a positive working environment which includes improving staff wages and benefits. Together teachers have the power to improve the field of education and positively impact students’ lives.”
Jason, who also has been in public education for 20 years, has been an elementary classroom teacher, a middle school teacher, an algebra teacher, and a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) educator. He currently is back instructing at the elementary level as a specials teacher in what is called “Learning Lab” (formerly technology class). The Learning Lab mainly focuses on proper use of technology along with problem solving activities/projects.
“I believe fully in the public education system as a way for all learners to develop,” Jason said. “Students from all backgrounds have the ability to succeed. It’s my passion to help them gain confidence and see growth in themselves.
“I belong to my local education association for support and to have a voice with our local negotiations. When we are able to work together for a positive school environment, all stakeholders benefit.”