3 WEAC members named Most Influential Teachers by Presidential Scholars

Wisconsin’s three new Presidential Scholars each named a WEAC member as their Most Influential Teacher. Colin Gray-Hoehn, Brookfield East High School, named Emira Hot, his high school English teacher; Dylon Pokorny, Waupun Junior and Senior High School, chose his high school agriculture teacher, Tari Costello; and Maria Thurow of Monticello, New Glarus High School, said her high school mathematics teacher Lauren Walker was her most influential teacher.

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Sheboygan’s Matt Miller named state’s Special Services Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at his school, Matthew W. Miller Sr., an English learner teacher at North High School in Sheboygan, was named Wisconsin’s 2018 Special Services Teacher of the Year. A former student wrote that “Mr. Miller not only showed me and many other students what a leader should be like, but also how to become a leader ourselves.” Miller is a WEAC Region 3 member.

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Genoa City’s Mary Ellen Kanthack named Wisconsin Elementary School Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at her school, Mary Ellen Kanthack, a fifth-grade teacher in the Genoa City J2 School District, was named Wisconsin’s 2018 Elementary School Teacher of the Year. State Superintendent Tony Evers made the announcement during an all-school assembly at her school. “My students know that I am always listening to their ideas, honoring ingenuity, inquiry, and creativity while I learn alongside them,” Kanthack said.

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Four outstanding individuals honored with WEAC Awards

WEAC President Ron Martin presented four major WEAC Awards at the 2017 WEAC Representative Assembly. The winners are: Maggie Beeber, Friend of Education; Sharon Bowen, Richard J. Lewandowski Award for Humanitarian Service; John Linneman, Education Support Professional Award; and Miguel Salas, Cunningham, Dickinson, Watson Staff Award.

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