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Published on Sep 8, 2010
State Superintendent Tony Evers names English Teacher Claudia Felske the 2010 Wisconsin High School Teacher of the Year, in a surprise assembly at East Troy High School.
Felske has had students analyze popular songs to tease out layers of meaning in the lyrics with the goal of moving even reluctant learners to use interpretive skills independently. Her classroom features a disco ball and zebra-striped bean bag chairs.
Felske has also revamped the entire sophomore English term paper unit to make it more meaningful to students; instituted an intergenerational book club; brought in artists, actors, and authors; and had students try Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in the courtroom to maximize engagement.