Angela Hayes is latest WEAC Badger Red for Public Ed winner!

Angela Hayes

Congratulations to Shorewood teacher Angela Hayes, the latest winner of our WEAC Badger Red for Public Ed promotion! The honor goes to WEAC members in appreciation for their dedication to students. Recipients are treated to a UW Badger athletic event.

Angela will get VIP treatment at the February 18 UW Badger basketball game against Illinois at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Angela, a WEAC and Shorewood Education Association (SEA) member, is an Elementary Art Teacher, entering her 12th year in the profession. Currently teaching art to Atwater Elementary students, Angela has always been a proud union member, even as a part-time educator.

“I love my job, my students and families, staff and community that supports the Arts,” Angela says. “I believe that a visual arts program should be child-centered and developmentally appropriate, providing sensory engaging opportunities for children to tell their stories that fosters aesthetic behaviors and lifelong inquiry.”

Angela shared the picture below of herself and her students when they toured the Elizabeth Murphy House in Shorewood, designed by Wisconsin’s Frank Lloyd Wright as part of her Fourth Grade Art Curriculum.

Visit weac.org/badger to nominate yourself or another deserving educator for a chance to win a drawing for Wisconsin athletic events throughout the school year.

Lindsey Guenther of Tomah is latest WEAC Badger Red for Public Ed winner!

Lindsey Guenther

Congratulations to Tomah teacher Lindsey Guenther, the latest winner of our WEAC Badger Red for Public Ed promotion! The honor goes to WEAC members in appreciation for their dedication to students. Recipients are treated to a UW Badger athletic event.

Lindsey will get VIP treatment at the November 30 UW Badger hockey game against Penn State at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Lindsey is entering her seventh year of teaching at LaGrange Elementary school in Tomah. She is a fourth grade teacher and works with a variety of students each and every day.

“I became a teacher mainly because I wanted to pay tribute to the efforts of all of my amazing teachers in the past,” Lindsey says. “Growing up, I had several teachers who made things hands-on and exciting. I have a similar approach to how I do things. I make sure I show my compassion for the topic and the relevance to history or everyday life and try to tier learning for my students.”

Lindsey shared the picture below of herself and her students from this past October when they were able to take a self guided tour of the State Capitol and meet their state representative, Nancy VanderMeer.

Lindsey was nominated by parent Nicole Renaud and colleague Kathleen Schoot.

Nicole said: “We had the pleasure of having Lindsey as our 4th grade teacher. My daughter is autistic and that year was a huge transition year for us, and Lindsey consistently went above and beyond to make sure that my daughter was prepared the best possible way for everything. She made social stories, extra directions and prepped alternative things for her when she didn’t have to. She did it all with a smile on her face, even when my daughter would be struggling and having a difficult time. We are thankful for her and the impact she had on us. She made a very difficult transition year bearable, and we can’t thank her enough.”

Kathleen said: “Lindsey is a fantastic teacher! She is SO enthusiastic about learning! She guides students to learning, each in their own individual way. She is loving and sets boundaries that each student is aware of to ensure each child has the right to learn in his/her own way. She adjusts learning material for all sorts of special needs students and just for those who need that little extra reassurance of their potential. She is very positive and happy. Every time you walk past her classroom someone is laughing with excitement!”

Visit weac.org/badger to nominate yourself or another deserving educator for a chance to win a drawing for Wisconsin athletic events throughout the school year.

Lisa Bellile of Ashwaubenon is latest WEAC Badger Red for Public Ed winner!

Congratulations to Ashwaubenon teacher Lisa Bellile, the latest winner of our WEAC Badger Red for Public Ed promotion! The honor goes to WEAC members in appreciation for their dedication to students. Recipients are treated to a UW Badger athletic event.

Lisa will get VIP treatment at the November 3 UW Badger football game against Rutgers at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

Lisa, a Special Education Teacher at Pioneer Elementary School, has worked 16 years for the Ashwaubenon School District. She has experience assisting with choreography in several of the Pioneer Elementary winter musicals. Lisa has been fortunate to attend and support 5th graders on an overnight outdoor education experience at Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya.  She is also a part of the PBIS team and the Trauma Sensitive School team.

During the 2017-18 school year, Lisa’s colleagues recognized her as an Outstanding Educator at Pioneer Elementary as someone who goes “above and beyond” in and outside of the classroom.

In the Ashwaubenon community, Lisa has been involved with the Ashwaubenon Swim Club for many years, serving as a board member, and currently assists with apparel and swim coaching.

Lisa started teaching to make a difference in the lives of youth. Recently, she has been reflecting on her purpose. Her ‘why’ is to make connections … to be that person a child looks forward to seeing each and every day, to be that someone students trust and respect, to empower youth in realizing that learning and knowledge are power and that relationships matter, to be mindful that caring and empathy can go a long way, and to spread the kindness and be the change.

Visit weac.org/badger to nominate yourself or another deserving educator for a chance to win a drawing for Wisconsin athletic events throughout the school year.

Madison’s Michael Jones is latest winner of the WEAC-UW Badger Red for Public Ed honor

Congratulations to Madison teacher Michael Jones, the latest winner of WEAC’s 2018 WEAC-UW Badger Red for Public Ed honor! The honor goes to WEAC members in appreciation for their dedication to students. Recipients are treated to a UW Badger athletic event. Michael will be honored at the UW Volleyball game October 21 at the UW Fieldhouse.

Michael, a WEAC and Madison Teachers Inc. member, is a Special Education teacher, entering his 10th year in the profession.

“I’ve been a proud union member for each of those years and am currently with the 8th graders at Black Hawk Middle School  in Madison,” Michael says. “I love what I do, I love the students and families I get to work with, and definitely I love my colleagues, all of whom I consider friends. I’m very lucky to be where I am and with the people I get to work with.”

Madison teacher Kerry Motoviloff nominated Michael, saying “He is a leader for ALL students lifting them at their toughest moments with grace and care.”

Visit weac.org/badger to nominate yourself or another deserving educator for a chance to win a drawing for Wisconsin athletic events throughout the school year.

Brad Laufenberg of New London is latest winner of WEAC’s Badger Red for Public Ed promotion

Brad Laufenberg with his 4th grade teaching partners at Parkview Elementary School, Erin Besaw (left) and Julie Cherf.

Congratulations to New London teacher Brad Laufenberg, the latest winner of WEAC’s Badger Red for Public Ed promotion! Brad wins tickets to the October 6 UW Football game against Nebraska at Camp Randall Stadium. The honor goes to WEAC members in appreciation for their dedication to students.

Brad, a 4th grade teacher at Parkview Elementary School in New London, has been a member of the local association’s Building Leadership Team, a Student Council advisor, a Fitness Center supervisor, and a tutor. In addition, he is a member of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team, a “news anchor” for the monthly PBIS videos, a member of the Building Safety Committee, and a cooperating teacher for a high school student interested in pursuing a degree in the education field.

Brad’s wife Toni is a high school special education teacher in the School District of New London, and they have a 4-year-old son Asher and a 2-year-old son Callen.

“I am very fortunate to have an amazing family, wonderful colleagues, and great friends,” Brad said. “My mother taught me how to be a teacher, and my father taught me how to be a painter. Both jobs require prep work, patience, and skill. More importantly, both jobs allow me an opportunity to be a part of a transformation process that helps people and places realize their potential.”

Visit weac.org/Badger to nominate yourself or another deserving educator for a chance to win a drawing for Wisconsin athletic events throughout the school year.