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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.” Teacher 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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Memoninee 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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Spotlight on Locals: Freedom Education Association

In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen finds inspiration from the Freedom Education Association which – with the help of WEAC Region 3 – conducted a self-assessment, identified specific goals and set out to achieve them. The result? Membership increased from around 50 percent to close to 70 percent.

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Spotlight on Locals: Northern Educational Support Team

In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with a unique local, the Northern Educational Support Team (NEST), which is made up of education support professional units from multiple districts: Arbor Vitae-Woodruff, Chequamegon, Hurley, Lac du Flambeau, Lakeland, Mercer, Minocqua, North Lakeland, Phelps, Phillips, Rib Lake, CESA 9, Northland Pines, Nicolet Maintenance, and Tomahawk. “Having joined forces gives us numbers and collective power,” says Kayla Cottrell, NEST Secretary Treasurer and President of the Tomahawk Support Staff.

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