FHS Teacher Kay McLain - 2017 Wisconsin Rural School Teacher of the Year

November 7, 2017

Ben Niehaus

press release

The WiRSA (Wisconsin Rural School Association) Board of Directors and its Executive Director, Kim Kaukl, recognized Florence County High School business education teacher and Fab Lab director, Mrs. Kay McLain, as the 2017 Rural School Teacher of the Year at its annual conference. The award was presented at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center on October 30 in Wisconsin Dells during a luncheon at WiRSA’s annual conference. WiRSA annually recognizes one rural teacher statewide who makes significant contributions to their school district, most importantly to the students they serve. Mrs. McLain is automatically a semifinalist for the National Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year competition sponsored by the National Rural Education Association.

Mrs. Kay McLain is in her 25th year of service to the students of the School District of Florence County. During her tenure she has built relationships between school, community and industry that enhance student learning through real-world application. In addition, several of her course offerings are articulated with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, saving students both time and dollars in their post-secondary educational endeavors. Mrs. McLain is the District’s school-to-work coordinator, and is in her third year of serving as the District’s Fab Lab Director and lead instructor. Mrs. McLain’s leadership and service goes well beyond the walls of the classroom, as she is available nearly every Wednesday evening for Fab Lab community hours, in addition to taking the lead role in the very successful, annual Florence County High School Tech Fair.

WiRSA’s mission is to advocate for the unique issues that affect rural schools as they seek to achieve the highest quality education for every student. Members includes a cross section of educators, school board members, rural community members, business leaders and other individuals who support rural education. WiRSA is governed by a 15 member board of directors comprised of teachers, school administrators and school board members. WiRSA has 211 members, of which 154 are rural, Wisconsin school districts.

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