A Greenfield social studies teacher whose motto is "Be the Change You Want to See in the World" was named the Distinguished Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies.
Gail Schlicht, a teacher since 1978, adds this year's honor to the one she received in 1998 as the Greenfield Middle School Teacher of the Year.
In the classroom, a major goal for Schlicht is helping students connect what they learn to their everyday lives and the world around them.
Among Schlicht's many accomplishments was originating and developing the District Geography Bee and Geography T-shirt Day, which she has directed at Greenfield Middle School for 16 years.
She also works on social studies curriculum improvement for all the Greenfield schools.
In addition to her two Teacher of the Year honors, Schlicht also was awarded a Herb Kohl Fellowship in 2002 and, in the summer of 2007, was one of 50 American teachers who were invited to South Korea for a Korean studies workshop.
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