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Wausau West teacher receives state Teacher of the Year award


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - A Wausau West special education teacher is one of the Wisconsin Teachers of the Year.

Lynne Kohlhepp was honored today at a surprise pep rally for the Warriors. State superintendent Tony Evers says Kohlhepp's work with students was what attracted the selection committee in the first place. "It's what she does above and beyond and outside the classroom and outside the classroom and connecting with the families and the community to support her kids. That's what really stood out."

Kohlhepp is a 33-year veteran of the school district, and joined the district to help learning disabled students. One of Kohlhepp’s most successful programs allows ninth-grade students with specific learning disabilities to be completely included in the mainstream English 9 course. School board president Michelle Schaefer says Kohlhepp shows amazing dedication to her work and her classroom. "It's her absolute belief in her students, her love of teaching and never giving up on them."

Kohlhepp was humble in receiving her award, and says the help she gets from everyone around her is what makes her students succeed. "You gotta have a great staff and building of people here who are willing to trust you. You can't do it if you don't have anyone from administration on down on board."

Kohlhepp will be getting a 3-thousand dollar award from the Herb Kohl Foundation, and will work with Evers as an education advisor over the next several years.