Spotlight on Locals: Northern Educational Support Team

In her latest Spotlight on Locals column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with a unique local, the Northern Educational Support Team (NEST), which is made up of education support professional units from multiple districts: Arbor Vitae-Woodruff, Chequamegon, Hurley, Lac du Flambeau, Lakeland, Mercer, Minocqua, North Lakeland, Phelps, Phillips, Rib Lake, CESA 9, Northland Pines, Nicolet Maintenance, and Tomahawk. “Having joined forces gives us numbers and collective power,” says Kayla Cottrell, NEST Secretary Treasurer and President of the Tomahawk Support Staff.

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St. Croix Falls guidance counselor Michael Wilson named 2019 Wisconsin Special Services Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at his school Tuesday, Michael Wilson, a school counselor at St. Croix Falls High School and a member of WEAC Region 1, was named Wisconsin’s 2019 Special Services Teacher of the Year. “Students in crisis or students who are dealing with serious situations need more than just a friendly ear. They need guidance, assistance, and a coach to help them through the tough times,” he said.

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‘How my mentor saved my professional life’

During Teacher Appreciation Week, Sun Prairie’s Chris Gleason, Wisconsin’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, reminds us that, “Our most important resource as a nation is our children and the potential that resides within them. The work of a teacher is to cultivate, nurture, and develop this potential to the fullest degree possible,” writes Gleason, a member of WEAC Region 6. “As such, we must provide our youngest educators with the support they need to accomplish this difficult, complex and rewarding work.”

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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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