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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WEAC member Suzanne Devine is Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at her school, Suzanne Devine, a seventh- and eighth-grade science and social studies teacher at Northstar Middle School in Eau Claire, was named Wisconsin’s Middle School Teacher of the Year for the 2015-16 school year. Preparing children for success in all areas of life and instilling a love for learning is the core of Devine’s educational philosophy. “I feel that by building great character, each child is able to become more successful …,” she says.

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WEAC member Mai Shoua Xiong is Wisconsin Elementary School Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at her school, Mai Shoua Xiong, a first-grade teacher at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Academy of Accelerated Learning, was named Wisconsin’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year for the 2015-16 school year. “My role is to mentor and develop my students to reach their greatest potential by setting high standards for every student and finding various ways for them to achieve the standards,” she said. “Education is a unique and individual experience for each child who enters my classroom.”

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WEAC member Amy Reed named Wisconsin Special Services Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at her school, Amy Reed, a special education teacher at Kimberly High School, was named Wisconsin’s Special Services Teacher of the Year for the 2015-16 school year. Reed describes her personal philosophy as educating “every student with maximum independence and soft skills in mind.” She stresses a focus on teaching not only core curricula but also understanding what each student would like to do after high school. This allows her to help them develop a plan to get there, teaching students not just what to learn, but how to learn.

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Frank Juarez of Sheboygan is 2015 Wisconsin Art Educator of the Year

WEAC member Frank Juarez has been selected as the 2015 Wisconsin Art Educator of the Year by the Wisconsin Art Education Association (WAEA). Art Educator of the Year is awarded to a WAEA member who has significantly demonstrated a long-term contribution to the WAEA and art education on the local, state and national levels.

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