EAGLE RIVER - You might think once your kid's teachers are hired, they're set, but at least three Northwoods educators are getting big recognition.
The Northland Pines teachers earned their National Board Certification. The process can take up to three years. Only fifty percent of applicants receive their certification. High school principal, Jim Brewer, says it is great for the school.
"The state of Wisconsin recognizes individuals who achieve National Board Certification as the highest level. It puts them at a master educator status," says Brewer.
The process is helpful for teachers in two ways. First, teachers must track students learning. Second, teachers videotape themselves in lectures. Newly certified math teacher John Hayes found the process useful.
"Especially through the video process, you watch yourself a hundred times on video and you see oh, I can be doing this better or I can be doing this better," said Hayes.
The two other teachers that received their certification are kindergarten grade teacher, Kim Lewandowski, and Middle School special education teacher, Faith Schneider. Other teachers are already preparing for next year with good reason to do so.
"What I've heard from other people that have done that is that it really improves your teaching. It really makes you study what you are doing, why your doing it, how it helps students, how you can help students learn," said Robin Indermuehle, a science teacher applying for next year.
Overall, teachers say it is the students that get the benefit of better teachers.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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