Spotlight on Locals: La Crosse Education Association

In her latest “Spotlight on Locals” column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with leaders of the La Crosse Education Association and says it didn’t take long to determine that one element of strength in the La Crosse Education Association is its collective advocacy on behalf of students and public education. “LEA members have never been afraid to act collectively and to speak up when changes in legislation that will affect their students and their profession are proposed,” she writes.

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Sun Prairie couple – both WEAC Retired members – honored by Assembly

Pete and Terry Twedell – both retired Sun Prairie teachers and both WEAC Region10/Retired members – were honored recently as “Hometown Heroes” by the State Assembly. According to an article in the Sun Prairie Star, the Twedells were nominated by their State Representative, Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie), for their years of continued commitment to their community. The Star said Pete Twedell was active in Sun Prairie education and athletics as a math teacher and football and basketball coach, creating a positive environment for students both academically and athletically. Terry Twedell taught elementary school and volunteered her time at numerous organizations that benefit the community.

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70 WEAC members earn National Board Certification

At least 70 WEAC members have earned national certification in 2017, and at least 22 more renewed their certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. “WEAC congratulates these outstanding educators who have committed themselves to making sure they are the absolute best they can be,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “WEAC is extremely proud to play a role in helping educators achieve this tremendous honor.”

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More teachers pursuing National Board Certification, many with WEAC’s help

More teachers are earning National Board Certification, and in Wisconsin many are using resources provided by WEAC to help them achieve this honor. Three members of WEAC and Madison Teachers Inc. are featured in an article in the Wisconsin State Journal highlighting their journey to National Board Certification and discussing how they used monthly workshops and other support offered by their union to get the guidance they needed along the way.

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Roger King of Holmen wins $5,000 NEA Foundation Grant

Holmen High School agriscience teacher Roger King has received a $5,000 Student Achievement/Learning and Leadership grant from the NEA Foundation. The award, King said, will be used to help Holmen High School educators learn how to instruct farm-to-school techniques in a number of settings.

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WEAC member E-Ben Grisby ‘is not afraid to speak up where there is injustice’

Green Bay teacher E-Ben Grisby, an active member of WEAC and the Green Bay Education Association, is the subject of an Appleton Post-Crescent article about his work to “embrace the broad spectrum of diversity in the Fox Cities.” … “E-Ben’s life has been rich with experiences, which he readily shares with us, which give us perspective,” said Jody Harrell, who serves with Grisby at Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities. “He is not afraid to speak up where there is injustice and is willing to do something to help change happen. We appreciate his gifts, and all benefit from his wisdom and actions.”

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