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 Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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