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Gretta Balczewski

SkillsUSA a Recurring Theme for Teacher

Gretta BalczewskiGretta Balczewski is an unapologetic superfan of SkillsUSA. “I could talk SkillsUSA for days and not cover everything,” says Gretta...

Career Exploration a Life-Changer

Keith WartzenluftCareer and technical education (CTE) can be life-changing. No one knows this better than CTE teacher Keith Wartzenluft, a business...

Student Connects With Media Production

Gabe VargasGabe Vargas’s passion is communications. “I’ve always been a talker and a people-person,” says the senior from Chippewa Falls Sr. High...

Holiday Pop-up Store Offers Real-World Lessons

Heather BreskeA school-based enterprise is an amazing learning lab. Just ask Holmen High School marketing teachers and DECA advisors Heather Breske...

Grow-Your-Own Educator Internship Takes Flight

“Representation Matters” is a phrase seen frequently in the arts and entertainment industry, and it applies to education, too. “Students who have...

Wauwatosa Program Aims to Fill Skills Gap

Craig Griffie is the technical education teacher at Wauwatosa East and was the same at Brown Deer for 6 years before that, but he still has students...

Teachers Talk: Experience-Based Licenses

This month, we meet educators whose paths to teaching were varied and winding. Each had to take a leap of faith, as did the school districts that...
Cyndi Pavelski

Innovative Program About More Than Marketing

The Student Marketing Team at the Appleton Area School District (AASD) emphasizes building skills such as communications, collaboration, and...

Little Chute Youth Apprentice Loves Her Career Choice!

Today’s success story comes from the Little Chute Career Pathways Academy (LCCPA) and its LCCPA News monthly newsletter. It is reprinted with...

Making It Work

Delaine Stendahl is one of those people who focuses on doing a good job and day by day, builds a reputation for outstanding work in her field. She’s...

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