MADISON — State Superintendent Tony Evers issued a statement today congratulating Chris Gleason for being one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year program. Gleason is an instrumental music teacher and band director at Patrick Marsh Middle School in the Sun Prairie Area School District.
“Chris is a perfect example of how teachers make a lasting impact on their students when they support their needs in addition to challenging them academically. Over the course of the past few months, I have had the chance to get to know Chris and see how deeply he values the teaching profession. That makes a difference in his work and in the work of the educators around him. The state of Wisconsin, the Sun Prairie Area School District, and most importantly, his students, are fortunate to have him. I am positive he will represent Wisconsin and the high caliber of teachers we have across our state well in the next round of the National Teacher of the Year Program.”
Businessman and philanthropist Herb Kohl, a co-sponsor of Wisconsin's Teacher of the Year Program, issued the following statement.
“Chris is an innovative educator and leader, and I am pleased that he is being recognized for his accomplishments. He represents the outstanding teachers throughout Wisconsin who inspire students in classrooms every day.”
BACKGROUND: Chris Gleason is one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year Program. A Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) selection committee, made up of representatives from more than 15 national education and community organizations, chose the four finalists from among 56 Teachers of the Year from the U.S. states and territories, District of Columbia, and Department of Defense Education Activity.
Gleason is a 2016 Kohl Teacher Fellow, named by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation; Wisconsin’s 2016 Middle School Teacher of the Year; and the state’s representative to the National Teacher of the Year Program. He will participate in a rigorous interview process over the next few months with the selection committee as it chooses one of the finalists to be the National Teacher of the Year. Selection is announced in spring.