Greendale’s Erin McCarthy is Wisconsin’s 2020 Middle School Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at her school Thursday, Erin McCarthy of Milwaukee, an eighth grade social studies teacher at Greendale Middle School who is a member of WEAC Region 7, was named the 2020 Middle School Teacher of the Year. McCarthy labors to ensure every student is included in her classroom’s community. “I’ve shifted the focus in my classroom to valuing the experience of each student and not teaching to the ‘average,'” she explained. “The work is exhausting but yields the greatest rewards.”

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MTEA member Chad Sperzel-Wuchterl is state’s 2020 High School Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony Wednesday, Chad Sperzel-Wuchterl of Milwaukee, an art teacher at Reagan High School in Milwaukee Public Schools and a member of WEAC and the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA), was named Wisconsin’s 2020 High School Teacher of the Year. Sperzel-Wuchterl’s students’ artwork has been displayed throughout that greater community, not only in the school but also in university campus art galleries, the Wisconsin Capitol, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and revolving displays in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

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Wisconsin has three winners of NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards

NEA has announced three Wisconsin winners of this year’s prestigious NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards. The Wisconsin winners are: Bayfield educators and WEAC members Rick and Lorie Erickson, Former State Senator Tim Cullen of Janesville, and GSAFE, a Madison-based advocacy organization devoted to creating safe educational environments for LGBTQ individuals.

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Three dozen WEAC members honored as Kohl Foundation Teacher Fellows

Three dozen WEAC members have been selected as 2019 Teacher Fellows by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Each honoree and their school receives an award of $6,000. Kohl Teacher Fellowship recipients are 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.

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Monroe’s Sarah Compton granted Milken Educator Award in surprise ceremony

Monroe teacher Sarah Compton – a member of WEAC Region 6 – was awarded a Milken Educator Award Friday in a surprise ceremony during a school assembly at Northside Elementary School. Compton was recognized for challenging her fifth-graders “to think critically and dive deep into their learning.” In particular, the award honored her for her work on a series of project-based lessons on financial literacy in which students explore concepts of spending, saving, sales tax, discounts and interest. “There are amazing things happening in Wisconsin Public Schools, and that’s a direct result of the inspiring educators who work in them,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “WEAC is proud to support educators like Sarah so they can go above and beyond for their students.”

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Wisconsin Teacher of the Year joins other top educators at ‘Teach-In for Freedom’ in El Paso

Wisconsin High School Teacher of the Year – and WEAC Region 7 member – Sarahí Monterrey joined dozens of other state teachers of the year and hundreds of NEA members last weekend for the “Teach-In for Freedom,” an all-day event organized by Teachers Against Child Detention (TACD) to protest the inhumane detention of children at the Mexican border and the criminalization of immigrant families. “The Teach-In in El Paso was a powerful experience because teachers were united to be a voice for the over 10,000 children who are in detention centers across our country,” Monterrey told weac.org. “This was not a protest but rather an opportunity to educate the public about immigration policies and the effects of these policies on children.”

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