Alumna named Elementary Teacher of the Year
Marsha (Kostechka) Herman, ’82, Sun Prairie, received a wonderful surprise on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at a special all-school assembly at Westside Elementary in Sun Prairie, where she has taught for 20 years.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s State Superintendent Tony Evers announced that she had won Wisconsin’s Elementary Teacher of the Year Award, which was a surprise not only for Herman but for the staff and students at the school.
Herman received the $3,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship Award for 2011, which made her eligible for the state honor. Three other teachers were chosen for the award at the middle school, high school and special services levels. One of the four will be chosen to represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year program.
Herman has taught kindergarten and first grade at Westside and previously taught for 10 years in the Merrill and McFarland school districts. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and completed her Master Educator license last year. She and her husband, Larry, have two children, a daughter who teaches in the Twin Cities and a son studying physical education at UW-La Crosse.