MILWAUKEE — Gathered in an auditorium Wednesday morning, a Milwaukee Public Schools teacher received the surprise of a lifetime when he was awarded one of the highest titles in education.
“I don’t really know what to say. I did not expect this at all. I’m kind of shocked. I really don’t believe it’s happening," Chad Sperzel-Wuchterl said.
Sperzel-Wuchterl is an arts teacher, and he’s affectionately known as Mr. Chad. He’s taught at Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School in Milwaukee for 15 years. He’s largely responsible for the art that hangs on the school's walls.
“I think the biggest thing, the thing that really touches me, is that the arts are being recognized,” he said.
Each year, the Wisconsin state superintendent awards five teachers this prestigious award. Mr. Chad was named High School Teacher of the Year — an honor he describes as surreal.
“I think the biggest thing, the thing that really touches me, is that the arts are being recognized.” — High School Teacher of the Year Chad Sperzel-Wuchterl
In addition to his plaque, he'll also receive a $3,000 grant.