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State of Education Address Thursday

Stanford Taylor to recognize Friends of Education and Teachers of the Year at Capitol event
Monday, September 16, 2019


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Photos from the event are available here

MADISON — State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor will present her annual State of Education Address at noon Thursday, Sept. 19, in the State Capitol in Madison.

Sarahí Monterrey, an English Learner teacher at Waukesha North High School and Wisconsin’s representative to the 2019 National Teacher of the Year program, will give the welcome for the State of Education program and serve as master of ceremonies. The Northside Elementary African Ensemble from the Monroe School District will play “Sunyani" to open the event. The orchestra is under the direction of Sarah Hass-Bodell. Flynn Baker, a student at the Prairie School in Racine and Wisconsin’s 2019 Badger Boys State Superintendent of Schools, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Desiray Meade, a student at Madison East High School, will sing the national anthem. Anna Kallsen, 2019 Badger Girls State Superintendent of Schools and a student at Jefferson High School in the Jefferson School District, will introduce Stanford Taylor.

The Wisconsin National Guard will provide a color guard for the program, with cadence provided by ­­­Alexander Graves, a student at Deerfield High School.

Following the State of Education Address, Stanford Taylor will present five Friend of Education awards. (The recipients will be announced Tuesday.)

The state superintendent and a representative from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation will recognize Wisconsin’s 2020 Teachers of the Year. The four educators to be recognized are: Chelsea Miller of Jefferson, an art teacher at Sullivan and West elementary schools in the Jefferson School District; Erin McCarthy of Milwaukee, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Greendale Middle School and Wisconsin's representative to the 2020 National Teacher of the Year program; Chad Sperzel-Wuchterl of Milwaukee, an art teacher at Reagan High School in Milwaukee Public Schools; and Bawaajigekwe Andrea Boulley of Washburn, a special education teacher at Ashland Middle and Lake Superior Elementary schools in the Ashland School District.

The postlude, “Drum with a Passion” performed by the Northside Elementary African Ensemble, will conclude the program.


WHO: State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor

WHAT: State of Education Address and Program, including Friend of Education Awards and Teachers of the Year Recognition

WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2019

WHERE: State Capitol Rotunda

Media Availability: Thirty minutes following conclusion of program — State Capitol, Room 225 NW

Photos: Photos from the event are available here