MADISON — Linda Goldsworthy of Three Lakes, a social studies teacher at Rhinelander High School, is the recipient of the second annual Global Educator of the Year Award.
She was nominated for the award for helping her students learn about the interconnectedness of the world through her classroom teaching and travel abroad opportunities. The nominating statement noted that, “Linda teaches events and issues through multiple, usually conflicting, views. By examining different points of view, Linda’s students develop the skills of searching for and taking in other perspectives, especially those of people whose voices are often lost in the traditional curriculum.”
State Superintendent Tony Evers will present the Global Educator of the Year award during the Jan. 20 general session of the Wisconsin State Education Convention at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. “Today’s students are coming of age in a world that knows fewer boundaries than ever before,” Evers said. “They need both solid preparation for careers in a global economy and the ability to participate in society as informed citizens. Linda’s ability to infuse critical thinking with empathy toward those from other cultures or backgrounds will serve her students well as they prepare for college, careers, and a global society.”
A Wisconsin native, Goldsworthy attended Carroll College in Waukesha, now Carroll University, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and English. While attending Carroll, she traveled to Germany, the then USSR, and China as part of the New Cultural Experiences Program. That event was a catalyst for her desire to provide global experiences to her students. Goldsworthy began teaching English at Rhinelander High School in 1996 and transferred to the social studies department in 1999 where she has taught U.S. History, AP European History, AP United States History, Sociology, and Comparative Religions. She has led three student trips to Europe since 2013 and recently initiated a program similar to the one at Carroll which allows all students at Rhinelander High School to travel abroad. Parents play a key role in the foreign travel program, having raised nearly $75,000 since 2013 to promote global travel opportunities.
“The word that most often appears on my year-end student evaluations is, passion,” Goldsworthy said. “While it may seem unconventional, this is the method by which I support learners who are struggling as well as those who are excelling. … My passion often encourages my students to try harder.”
The Global Educator of the Year award is sponsored by the State Superintendent’s Statewide International Education Council, chaired by Gilles Bousquet, University of Wisconsin-Madison French professor and department chair. The recognition includes a $1,000 cash award from the Madison area Rotary Clubs. Dean Bowles, UW‑Madison emeritus professor and a member of the council, will present the award check as part of the recognition ceremony on Friday on behalf of the Madison area Rotary Clubs and the Wisconsin International Education Council.
NOTE: More information is available on the department’s International Education website.