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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Appleton educator Katie Chicquette Adams honored as one of Fox Cities Future 15

Katie Chicquette Adams, a high school at-risk educator in the Appleton Area School District and a member of WEAC Region 3, has been named one of the Fox Cities Future 15. The Future 15 were selected by the Pulse Young Professionals Network, a program of the Fox Cities Chamber and the Fox Cities Regional Partnership in collaboration with USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin based on their professional dedication, strong sense of vision for the future of the Fox Cities and personal commitment to philanthropy in the community they call home.

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36 WEAC members named Kohl Teacher Fellows for 2018

At least 36 WEAC members have been named Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2018 Teacher Fellows, educators who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. Each winner and their school receives an award of $6,000.

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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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