February 23, 2024

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau’s Madison Schmidt is an Outstanding Educator

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Madison Schmidt, a sixth-grade science teacher at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Middle School in Galesville will be recognized on the court and the scoreboard at the February 25 Wisconsin Badgers Women’s Basketball game vs. Purdue at the Kohl Center in Madison. She is the girls varsity golf coach and a member of the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Education Association.

Both of Schmidt’s parents are teachers, and she spent a lot of time volunteering in their classrooms when she was growing up. She saw how much of a difference they made in their community and in the lives of their students, and she wanted to do the same thing.

“My colleagues, family, and students motivate me to be the best teacher I can be,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt says strong relationships are one of the most important factors in education and in life.

“I am proud of the relationships I have built with my students and want them to continue to grow,” Schmidt says. “Within the last two years, I have built positive relationships with students, colleagues, and parents. It is great to be a part of the community where I teach.”

Schmidt was nominated for Outstanding Educator recognition by Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District colleague Stephanie Schmidt. She said Schmidt has made a big impact at her school in a relatively short time.

“Madison is only in her second year of teaching 6th grade middle school science,” Stephanie Schmidt said. “She has built relationships and already gained respect with her students. She is also actively involved in coaching and in attending her students’ after-school activities. Those who are lucky enough to be around her love her high energy and caring personality. Madison is definitely deserving of the Outstanding Educator award.”

Madison Schmidt did not hesitate to join the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Education Association as she started her career, and she believes unions make schools better for everyone.

“It is important to be a part of a union because then you have a unified voice to speak about things we want to improve on within the school,” Schmidt said.

Do you or a Wisconsin public school employee you know deserve extra recognition as an Outstanding Educator? If so, complete this nomination form on the Wisconsin Badgers Athletic Department website. The form asks you to write a paragraph or two about what makes this educator stand out. Educators are welcome to nominate themselves.

The Outstanding Educator program is sponsored by the UW Athletic Department, WEA Member Benefits and WEAC.