Three WEAC members recognized for ‘helping students see differently’

Three WEAC members are being recognized by the Department of Public Instruction for having “a colossal impact” by helping students “see school in different and important ways.” Frank Juarez of Sheboygan (WEAC Region 3), Joanna Rizzotto of South Milwaukee (WEAC Region 7) and Mark Nepper of Madison (Madison Teachers Inc.) are among teachers featured in a special issue of the ConnectEd newsletter.

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Menominee 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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St. Croix Falls guidance counselor Michael Wilson named 2019 Wisconsin Special Services Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at his school Tuesday, Michael Wilson, a school counselor at St. Croix Falls High School and a member of WEAC Region 1, was named Wisconsin’s 2019 Special Services Teacher of the Year. “Students in crisis or students who are dealing with serious situations need more than just a friendly ear. They need guidance, assistance, and a coach to help them through the tough times,” he said.

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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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Three WEAC members receive NEA Foundation grants

Three WEAC members have received Student Achievement/Learning and Leadership grants from the NEA Foundation. They are: Roger King, Holmen High School, a $5,000 Learning & Leadership Grant; Janet Key, Lowell Elementary School, Milwaukee, a $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant; and Traci Kramer, Princeton School District, $5,000 Student Achievement Grant.

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