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Meet the 2020-21 Teachers of the Year
Wisconsin’s five Teachers of the Year for the 2020-21 school year are
Koren Jackson, Milwaukee Transition High School, Milwaukee Public Schools: Jackson is a special education teacher for post-expulsion or adjudicated youth and has worked in the district since 1999. She has developed project-based learning curriculum for students in the competency based learning program, which helps students earn credits by completing standards-aligned projects. In her spare time, Jackson volunteers for area organizations, such as the Milwaukee Hunger Task Force and Special Olympics of Wisconsin.
Trisha Kilpin, Greendale School District: Kilpin is a school social worker for the district, which she has worked at since 1991. She created a mental health toolkit for caregivers, providing evidence-supported guidance to help youth who are struggling. Kilpin also teaches crisis response and preparedness at the local, state, and national levels. She noted in her application she reaches and engages with students in the district by working to remove barriers, and helps them feel connected to all aspects of school.
Brooke Kintzle (nee Lederman), Brodhead Middle School, Brodhead School District: Kintzle teaches cross-categorical special education at the school, which she has taught at since 2014. She strives to create an inclusive and trauma-sensitive environment in her classroom. Kintzle has also spent time volunteering with groups dedicated to assistive, adaptive, and inclusive practices for children.
Derrick Meyer, Amery High School, School District of Amery: Meyer teaches agriscience and driver’s education at the school, where he has taught since 2005. He previously served on DPI content writing teams for agriscience instruction, and was a finalist for the National Agriscience Teacher of the Year award. Meyer’s teaching philosophy involves engaging students to build excitement about learning, and finding their respective passions in the process.
Susan Richardson, Milwaukee German Immersion School, Milwaukee Public Schools: Richardson teaches third grade German immersion, and has taught at the school since 2013. She has been recognized for promoting equity in her instruction and reaching out and building relationships with students to serve their individual needs.
Congratulations to Susan Richardson, WI representative in the 2021 National Teacher of the Year Program
Susan Richardson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in German in 1996 from Carthage College, in Kenosha as well as her middle/secondary teaching license for German and social studies. At Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, Richardson completed her certificate in teaching English as a foreign/second language in 1997. She taught for seven years in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
She also worked in interpreting and translating and began substitute teaching in Milwaukee Public Schools. Later, Richardson earned her Master of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in German language, linguistics, and literature. After teaching at the Volkshochschule Landkreis Neumarkt, in Bavaria, Germany, in 2011-2012, she returned to Wisconsin and earned her elementary teaching license from Mount Mary University. Richardson is a member of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, Wisconsin Education Association Council, and the American Association of Teachers of German.
In 2018, she was awarded the Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators “Teacher of the Year.” She is currently pursuing her National Board Certification in Literacy: Reading, Language Arts - Early and Middle Childhood, which has cemented her belief that critical reflection is an important process for all educators. Richardson founded Kunst Klub, a volunteer-run after school program, which offers no-cost, hands-on art instruction to students at MGIS. In 2019, she attended a week-long session at Shakerag Workshops, Sewanee, Tennessee, to learn additional strategies and approaches to inspire students through art. She believes art is an equalizer, through which all students can experience success.