Leah Luke

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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 Aug. 12, 2019

Teaching About Race Does Not Make You Un-American

“The Holocaust was an atrocity.” This was the example I gave my eighth graders as we were learning our words of the week. And with…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Don’t Just Invite Black Men to School on the First Day, We Need Them All Year Long

A tradition for many schools that educate predominately Black children involves welcoming the children back with scores of Black men cheering them on as they…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Aug. 13, 2019

A Teacher’s First Year: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful

Joining a new school community comes with a unique set of challenges. In addition to the difficulties inherent in any new school year, new teachers…

By Meghann Estrada

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