Jill Runde, a school counselor at Indian Mound Middle School in McFarland, was named Wisconsin’s 2018 Middle School Teacher of the Year. Runde was hired by the McFarland School District in 2002 as the high school’s youth outreach coordinator. Five years later, she became the school counselor at Indian Mound Middle School. According to the Department of Public Instruction, Runde has used improvisational skits by students at the high school to make them aware of such topics as bullying, stereotyping, teen suicide, puberty issues and drugs and alcohol, and also set up an ambassador student liaison group at the middle school to give support to students.Congratulations to Jill for being named Wisconsin’s 2017-2018 Middle School Teacher of the year!
Chris Gleason, a band director and instrumental music teacher at Patrick Marsh Middle School in the Sun Prairie Area School District, inspires his students to do something many music students don’t do, practice at home. Gleason believes in the power of connecting music to civic pride, getting his students out into the community through smaller ensembles that perform at local events and larger performances at Sun Prairie’s senior care homes, the American Family Insurance Holiday Breakfast, and in the Memorial Day parade. Congratulations to Chris for being named Wisconsin’s 2016-2017 Middle School Teacher of the year!
WAMLE would like to congratulate Suzanne Devine, seventh and eighth-grade science and social studies teacher at Northstar Middle School in Eau Claire for being named Wisconsin’s 2015-2016 Middle School Teacher of the year!
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