What is a paraeducator?

In this blog , written with help from Menomonie Middle School Paraeducator and WEAC member Lynnn Goss, Menomonie School District Administrator Joe Zydowski says paraeducators are “critical partners in meeting the needs of the whole child. In addition to supporting teachers and the curriculum being taught, paras build relationships with students and staff in an effort to best meet the needs of students.”

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Educators talk about their love of teaching in ‘Humans of Oshkosh’ project

WEAC members are among the “Humans of Oshkosh” telling their stories as part of an online community project where they talk about their love of teaching, their support for kids, and the value of public education. “A good day for me when I teach is when I see students’ excitement about learning,” says Oshkosh teacher and WEAC / Region 5 member Zong Vang, who is participating in the Teachers’ Storytelling Project called Why I Teach. It is part of the broader Humans Of Oshkosh project.

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Former Teacher of the Year is stepping forward as advocate for public education

Leah Luke of Mauston High School in Central Wisconsin, who was named a Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year in 2010, has taken on the role of advocate for public schools and the education profession. “We’re hoping to encourage the best candidates to enter into the profession,” she said in a new radio interview.

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WEAC member Roger King is Wisconsin High School Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at his school, Roger King, an agriscience teacher at Holmen High School, was named Wisconsin’s High School Teacher of the Year for the 2015-16 school year. Described as “a resourceful innovator,” King’s teaching philosophy centers around practical application of learning principles. In order to prepare students for the future, he teaches them to “investigate real world issues and problems, develop research and questioning skills, develop problem solving skills” and gather “knowledge through a hands-on approach to each lesson” that he teaches.

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