WAUSAU - One Wausau teacher still can’t believe the Wisconsin State Superintendent picked her as the special services teacher of the year.
Wausau West High School's Lynne Kohlhepp thought she was just going to a pep rally Wednesday. She quickly noticed important people, like the State Superintendent Tony Evers showing up. That’s when she found out she won the award.
"You just don't think its going to be you," Kohlhepp said. "Then they say get up there and give a speech and I'm looking at the whole student body and I was like, now what do I say?"
Kohlhepp has taught special education for more than 30 years. She’ll get $3,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation for the honor.
Kohlhepp plans on using that money to give back to the school.
"I believe that in special education you can't do the job without a supportive staff," Kohlhepp said. "Administrators all the way to the lunch ladies and custodians, they all help."
The state gives out four teacher of the year awards. One each goes to an elementary, middle school, high school and special services teacher. The state picks one of those four as the state's representative for national teaching awards.
Kohlhepp will be in Madison next week for interviews that will pick the overall state teacher of the year.
Northwoods filmmaker makes movies for the big screen
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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