Wisconsin teacher breaks 50-year streak

Photo of Chris Gleason

It’s been 50 years since a Wisconsin educator has been a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year competition. But now, Wisconsin middle school music teacher, Chris Gleason, is changing that.

He has been named a finalist for National Teacher of the Year award.

Gleason was named a 2016 Kohl Teaching fellow and Wisconsin’s 2016 Middle School Teacher of the Year. In March, Gleason will travel to Washington, D.C. with three other finalists, and a final decision will be made in spring for the National Teacher of the Year award.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports

Gleason, a 43-year-old music teacher at Patrick Marsh Middle School, grew up playing tuba in La Crosse under the direction of his father, his school’s band director. Gleason’s brother also played tuba and is band director at a school in Minnesota.

“I teach through music,” Gleason said Monday. “My ultimate goal is that my students become great people.”

For more on Gleason and the National Teacher of the Year award, visit Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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