Wausau West teacher honored as special services teacher of the yearSubmitted: 09/19/2013

Adam Fox
10 p.m. Anchor/Reporter

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.

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