At least one of Wisconsin’s two National Teacher of the Year Milwaukee Public Schools is currently in Washington, DC, where she has visited the White House with other Teacher of the Year from across the country and has met with President Joe Biden.
A total of five teachers from Wisconsin were honored this year, including Susan Richardson, who teaches in third grade at Milwaukee German Immersion School, and Koren Jackson, a specialist teacher at Transition High School in Milwaukee.
Richardson made the trip to the nation’s capital, where she is spending a week as a guest of First Lady Jill Biden, who is also a teacher.
She visited the White House and was photographed with her colleagues. She also took a selfie with the president.
An MPS spokesperson was unsure whether Jackson had made the trip to Washington.
“This week, I carry with me our students from Wisconsin, who continue to show up tirelessly every day during the pandemic,” said Richardson. “Students who missed their classmates and who are eager to learn.
“I carry with me the teachers of Wisconsin, who tirelessly work miracles during a time that feels like the job never ends, when the needs of our students extend beyond the classroom. When I am particularly proud to have with me the staff of the German immersion school in Milwaukee. Our entire MPS community is amazing and I am honored to represent our state and district which is full of passionate teachers. ”
The state winners were selected by the Wisconsin Department of Education and were announced in September by state superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor.
Richardson graduated in German from Carthage College in Kenosha and obtained an ESL certification from the University of Seattle before moving to Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, where she taught for seven years. She also taught at the Volkshochschule Landkreis Neumarkt, Bavaria.
After returning to Milwaukee, she studied at Mount Mary University and earned a master’s degree in German language, linguistics and literature.
Jackson, graduated in physical and health education from Carroll College and was certified in special education at UWM. She received her Masters in Curriculum and Teaching from Concordia University, where she also obtained a certificate in Alternative Education.
She has been teaching at MPS since 1999.
Congratulations to Richardson, Jackson and all the teachers of the year 2021.