Sun Prairie’s Sandra Kowalczyk is national Middle Level Educator of the Year

Sandra Kowalczyk, a reading specialist at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie and a member of WEAC Region 6, will be awarded the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) 2018 Educator of the Year Award. The award, supported by the AMLE Foundation Fund, recognizes outstanding practitioners in middle level education — those who have made a significant impact on the lives of young adolescents through exemplary leadership, vision, and advocacy.

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Genoa City’s Mary Ellen Kanthack wins Award for Teaching Excellence

Genoa City teacher Mary Ellen Kanthack is the winner of a prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, the NEA Foundation has announced. Kanthack, who is the 2018 Wisconsin Elementary School Teacher of the Year, has implemented a wide variety of innovative approaches to education, collaborated extensively with her community on projects, and worked through her local union, WEAC Region 7, WEAC and the NEA not only to access resources but to give back to colleagues by providing valuable professional development leadership. “I am passionate about promoting NEA,” she said.

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WEAC Aspiring Educator Allison Erck wins award for future educators

Allison Erck, who is entering her senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is a member of WEAC Region 9/Aspiring Educators, has been awarded the Jack Kinnaman Award for Future Educators. The $2,500 award was presented to her at the NEA annual meeting earlier this summer. “My goal is to teach middle school English language arts, with a classroom that is fully inclusive to all students,” said Erck, who was awarded the scholarship by the retired chapter of the National Education Association.

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Sun Prairie’s Chris Gleason selected to be a 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow

The NEA Foundation, a public charity founded by educators for educators, has named Sun Prairie music teacher and WEAC Region 6 member Chris Gleason to be a 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow. As a Fellow, Gleason, who teaches at Patrick Marsh Middle School, will spend a year in a peer learning network, building global competency skills: the capacity to understand and act on issues of global significance.

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Use intrinsic motivation, not gimmicks or rewards, to inspire students, Wisconsin’s 2017 Teacher of the Year writes

Using gimmicks or rewards to get students to study or perform tasks can backfire by damaging their “innate intrinsic motivation,” Sun Prairie teacher Chris Gleason writes in a new Teacher Leader Voices blog posted this week at EdWeek.org. “I believe that we need to ‘work with’ kids and not ‘do things to’ them. We need to fan the flames of curiosity in every child and foster their love of learning,” writes the 2017 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year, who is a member of WEAC Region 6.

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