May 13, 2024

WEAC Member Selected for National Teachers Hall of Fame

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South Milwaukee High School teacher Shelly Moore Krajacic is one of two Wisconsin teachers selected for induction into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

The National Teachers Hall of Fame honors exceptional career teachers through the recognition program, honoring five outstanding teachers nationally every year. With the announcement, Wisconsin now has a total of three inductees represented in the program since its inception in 1989.

“Teaching is the single greatest profession there is,” she said in an interview with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is a graduate student in the Urban Education Doctoral program. Krajacic is a National Board Certified Teacher and advisor for student leadership.

Peggy Wirtz-Olsen, a teacher and president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, celebrated the announcement. “Shelly has dedicated her heart and career to Wisconsin students and is committed to education excellence,” Wirtz-Olsen said. “Her enthusiasm for teaching is contagious. She is a constant advocate for the education profession and an activist for public schools in Wisconsin and across America. She is a deserving recipient of this prestigious honor.”

“It is my obligation to see my students in ways they have never seen themselves,” said the 23-year veteran with many more years ahead of her to teach English and language arts. “I need to see possibilities in them that they never knew existed and to help them believe in themselves enough to discover pathways to those possibilities.”

Krajacic began her education career in 1998 at Ellsworth Community High School, where she taught English and theatre until 2018. She then taught English education at UW-Milwaukee before joining the South Milwaukee High School English department in 2021.