Leah Luke

Guest Blogger

2010 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year

Mauston, Wisconsin

Leah Luke, 2010 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year, is currently employed as a high school Spanish language teacher in Mauston, Wisconsin. Dual certified in English and Spanish, she has guided K-12 and adult learners in both subjects since 1992.

In addition to teaching, Luke completed a fellowship with the US Department of Education, pioneered and facilitated a Teachers of the Year Advisory Council at Wisconsin DPI, and has served as a teacher leader for numerous projects, committees, and boards at the state and national levels. Her current passion is supporting high schoolers as they consider choosing a career in education. Her 2016 Baltimore Teach to Lead project, Building a High School to Teacher Prep Program Pipeline, was recently awarded a Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin Award.

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Posted Feb. 8, 2019

How Our Rural School Is Closing the Opportunity Gap and Preparing the Next Generation of Teachers

Teacher shortages in Wisconsin, and across the country, have a stranglehold on the profession. Enrollment in educator prep programs in…

By Leah Luke

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Posted July 29, 2021

You Can and Must Foster Belonging, Acceptance, and Support for Your LGBTQIA+ Students. It’s a Matter of Life and Death.

Many young people see belonging as a quest to fit in, but it’s so much deeper than that. Belonging means accepting, celebrating, and including our…

By Casey Pettit

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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