Thursday, May 9, 2019
The school day started with a huge surprise for IB Visual Art teacher Chad Sperzel-Wuchterl on May 8, 2019. State, district, and local representatives arrived at Reagan High School to present him with the Wisconsin High School Teacher of the Year Award.
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor, Mayor Tom Barrett, MPS Superintendent Keith P. Posley, Reagan founder and former principal Julia D’Amato, and others joined Principal Mike Roemer in congratulating Sperzel-Wuchterl. The Reagan marching band provided a festive atmosphere for the event.
Only 175 educators have been chosen for the honor since 1956. The Teacher of the Year is selected by the State Superintendent’s council. Each educator who received a Herb Kohl Fellowship Award is closely evaluated before the council selects four educators to represent teachers across all grade levels (elementary, middle, high school, and special education).
Chad Sperzel-Wuchterl has been an energetic part of the Reagan faculty since 2004, and has developed an expansive visual art program. His community outreach efforts and compelling relationships with multiple universities has led countless students to post-secondary success. In 2018, his Visual Art students earned $3 million in scholarships. Sperzel-Wuchterl received a Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship this year, and he also received a 2015 Celebrate Teachers & Teaching Award.
On behalf of the entire district, congratulations to our Teacher of the Year!