After 17 years of teaching, 5th grade teacher Anne Hasse still feels like a brand new teacher inspiring every student in the classroom.
Menomonie, WI (WEAU) - School is back in session for kids all across the country. But one local teacher is returning to the classroom with special recognition.
It was just a few weeks ago, elementary school teacher Anne Hasse won the award as Wisconsin's "Elementary Teacher of the Year."
When the sun rises in Menomonie and the leaves change color, school is back in session at Wakanda Elementary.
She may be known as Mrs. Anne Hasse to her 5th graders, but her achievements are being recognized across the state.
"I come from a long line of teachers,” said Anne Hasse, 5th grade teacher at Wakanda Elementary.
Delivering breakfast to 5th grade classes is just one way she's giving back.
"Last year the district was fortunate enough to get what I believe is a federal grant so all students k8 can receive a free breakfast in the morning, with milk, a grain, and fruits are included some days,” said Hasse.
Once the bell dings, she's the teacher of the year not just in the classroom. She's the Elementary Teacher of the Year for Wisconsin.
"I think we have such a golden opportunity with children because the world hasn't touched them yet, so every day is new and every day is exciting,” said Hasse.
Although Friday the 13th proved to be a day of luck, it’s a day she’ll remember forever.
"I think forever it will be a lucky day. This is my 18th year and it's hard to believe that those 17 years went by so fast because in a lot of ways I still feel like a brand new teacher," said Hasse.
With brand new minds to inspire every year, there's one lesson she's taking to a new level.
"When I started at Wakanda Elementary, I came into a unit that had been in existence for 7 years, started by Sally Johnson our Arts Specialist and former colleague Sherry Wendlin,” said Hasse.
Students get the chance to view the world as an architect.
"They're incorporating principles of Mr. Wright's architecture and then it to the bird's eye view and create a floor plan and finally we end up with is Google sketch up which is 3D imaging technology program. Its really neat because I think as teachers we cast the pebbles and the ripples go and you never know what shore those ripples are going to take on or what they might look like,” said Hasse.
So if you're ever in room 311, you may find yourself jumping into a new adventure.
"Crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea,” says Hasse as she reads aloud to her class.
You could even soak up some math or find your face on her cabinet of fame.
Yet what you'll most likely see is a glimmer of not only teacher of the year but mother of the year.
"I think it’s hard to find balance between my jobs as a teacher and you know my fun job as being a mom. I have 3 great kids that love to hang out here sometimes on the weekends,” said Hasse.
Her inspiration is one that will never disappear.
“The award is great, but at the end of the day it’s about our students. It’s about making their learning experience as positive and rewarding as we can,” said Hasse.