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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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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Roger King of Holmen wins $5,000 NEA Foundation Grant

Holmen High School agriscience teacher Roger King has received a $5,000 Student Achievement/Learning and Leadership grant from the NEA Foundation. The award, King said, will be used to help Holmen High School educators learn how to instruct farm-to-school techniques in a number of settings.

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Barb VanDoorn of Lake Holcombe is winner of a major national Award for Teaching Excellence

Lake Holcombe school counselor Barb VanDoorn is the winner of a prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, the NEA Foundation announced Monday. She will receive the award at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala next February in Washington, D.C. “Barb explains it is the job of educators to identify the strengths and needs of each student, and believes the counselor’s role is to take it one step further — advocating for each student in the classroom, the community, and in realizing each student’s future goals,” said WEAC President Ron Martin, who nominated her for the national award.

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South Milwaukee educator Donna Cuyler is a 2018 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow

The NEA Foundation named Donna Cuyler, an art educator at South Milwaukee High School and a WEAC Region 7 member, as one of the 48 public school educators to become a member of this year’s class of Global Learning Fellows. Cuyler will spend a year building global competency skills.

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Holmen teacher Roger King honored at NEA Gala

Wisconsin’s Teacher of the Year – Roger King of Holmen High School – was one of 43 outstanding educators honored last week at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington D.C. WEAC President Ron Martin and Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen joined King at the event, which is an annual celebration of the men and women who work in America’s public schools and of the unique bonds that educators and students share.

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