May 11, 2018  
Hi all, 
Yes! As of May 14th, the Region 3 office will be fully staffed! Kristin started this week, and Dave is coming back (working 1/2 days to start) on Monday. I am relieved! Many thanks to retired Bayland Educators Director Rick Engel who filled in for the last 5 weeks - we couldn't have survived "non-renewal season" without him!
Fully-staffed has a new meaning in 2018 - 2 Directors down from 2017.
We will be working with the Region 3 Board of Directors to work on an evolution of how we do business in our office. We'll be asking for your input along the way. Stay tuned!

See you Saturday at the Region 3 RA!

--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director
WELCOME Kristin Lytie to Region 3 as our new Director!

Kristin Lytie grew up in Green Bay and is thrilled to be home. After graduating from UW-GB with a degree in Social Change and Development with an emphasis in Labor Studies she began her career in organized labor working with low wage and immigrant communities in Chicago. More recently she has spent the past three years working as a staff representative for the Graduate Employees Organization at the University of Illinois-Chicago. There she was able to learn more about the inner workings of unions including grievance and bargaining. She also continues to be a board member of a workers' center, Latino Union, which she has been involved with for the past ten years. Latino Union was crucial in passing the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights which legally acknowledges that domestic workers are in fact workers therefore granting them legal protections. In her spare time Kristin performs standup comedy and has toured all over the country and Canada. Humor has always been a strong component in her organizing work. In April Kristin attended Labor Notes, an amazing conference dedicated to building worker power and was delighted to meet up with Kathy Rohde and discuss the workshops and speakers they had seen, especially the panel discussion with the striking teachers of West Virginia. Then and there Kristin knew she was going to love working for WEAC Region 3.

What's Your Best Story?
Nathan LeRoy
Lori LeRoy

Nathan LeRoy receives state award to study education
Scholarship from Wisconsin educators paves way for future teachers

Nathan LeRoy is one of four Wisconsin seniors selected as a recipient of the Wisconsin Education Association Council's Future Teacher Scholarship. LeRoy was selected based on his commitment and enthusiasm for continuing Wisconsin's tradition of providing the highest quality teachers for students.

A senior at Sturgeon Bay High School, he is the son of Michael and Lori LeRoy of Sturgeon Bay. His father is a Sturgeon Bay High School teacher and his mother is a teacher in Gibraltar Area Schools and a member of the Gibraltar Education Association.

"I want to inspire children, stand in their corner, and say I am here for you," he said. "I want to encourage them to take risks and make their eyes light up about learning."  LeRoy received the scholarship April 28 at WEAC's annual meeting in La Crosse, with about 500 educators from around the state present to applaud his accomplishment.

"WEAC leads the profession in ensuring every student has a caring, qualified and committed teacher," said Alexandra Agar, a Watertown middle school teacher and chairwoman of WEAC's Community Outreach and Parental Involvement Committee. "Education isn't just a job, it's a calling. This scholarship assists outstanding future educators in fulfilling their dreams to inspire students' natural curiosity, imagination and desire to learn."

WEAC is Wisconsin's largest association of professional educators committed to the success of every student. Members include teachers, education support professionals and technical college instructors.

President's Award

At the annual WEAC Representative Assembly WEAC President Ron "Duff" showed a video of recent awards he presented in the field to special WEAC members.  One of those was Region 3 member Tara Leithold from New Holstein EA.  CONGRATULATIONS TARA!  To see the video, go to

The recent recertification vote held by the NWTC Educational Support Specialists failed by 2 votes. However, the unit experienced voting difficulties in the first 24 hours of the voting period April 5-6. All of the SSN# were incorrectly entered into the AAA database, but were corrected on the second day of voting. However, some people who reported having difficulty subsequently did not log in to vote. The union challenged the outcome and a new voting period has been approved. The new election will begin at noon on Friday May 18 and end at noon on Thursday June 7.

Two WEAC members named UW-Oshkosh Adjuncts of the Year

Fond du Lac High School social studies teacher Jason Walter - a member of WEAC Region 5 - and, pictured at left, Neenah High School teacher Bruce Moriarty - a member of WEAC Region 3 - have been named 2018 Adjuncts of the Year by the Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Read more.

Professional Development

Registration NOW Available!
Region 3 is re-vamping the popular "Leadership Boot Camp." 
Solidarity Seminar

Tuesday, June 12, 9 am - noon
Thursday, June 14, 1-4 pm

What skills will be addressed? All the skills you need to strengthen your Local, engage your members, and rectify the balance of power at your workplace!

Click here for a flyer. Click here to register.

Managing Student Behavior Safely
A Workshop for ESP members!

Tuesday, June 12, 1-4 pm
Thursday, June 14, 9 am - noon

Click here for a flyer. Click here to register.

You could spend an entire day with us if you sign up for both workshops!
And if you do, we'll provide lunch!

Tuesday, June 12 Thursday, June 14
9 am - noon
Solidarity Seminar
Managing Student Behavior Safely
1 - 4 pm
Managing Student Behavior Safely
Solidarity Seminar

Here at Region 3, we get lots of questions from teachers about the recent licensure changes. When and how can I report successful semesters of teaching? How much does a background check cost? How do I apply for the background check? The wheels seem to be turning slowly as the DPI has not yet finalized processes and procedures for these things.
For the latest info, check out the Licensing Blog.

On June 11, in partnership with the NEA, The WEA Academy is promoting a webinar geared toward new teachers. It's geared for new teachers, but early career educators may want to tune in too. Register here.
National Board Certification:  Get a Jump Start!
Mon., July 30 - Wed., August 1
UW-Eau Claire
Developed by a team of Nationally Board-Certified Teachers (NBCTs) from across
the country, NEA Jump Start is a comprehensive, three+ day seminar designed to  provide early support to National Board candidates. Jump Start lays the groundwork  for understanding the certification process by deeply examining component
and assessment center requirements. Time is dedicated to gathering resources and
information needed to become successful in certifying. All of this is provided in a
supportive, constructive, and collegial environment.

Jump Start Modules: Specific focus is placed on the following content: Foundations
(NBCT standards & process overview), Component 1 (content knowledge), Component
2 (differentiation in instruction), Component 3 (teaching practice & learning
environment), and Component 4 (the effective & reflective practitioner).  SEE FLYER
Register Now for the 2018 WEAC Summer Leadership Academy
The 2018 Summer Leadership Academy will return to UW-Eau Claire July 30-August 1. This year's Academy is a repeat of last year's conference but has taken on an entirely new look, as well as a new focus. We know that the strength of the State Association lies within the strength of each and every local. The Summer Leadership Academy is meant to empower the local leaders in their work with members, the community, administration, elected leaders and the students they serve on a day-to-day basis. Find out more about the Summer Leadership Academy and register now!

NEW - Region 3 Members Only

WEAC Members Eligible for Substantial Discount @ Lakepark Swim & Fitness
Region 3 staff worked with Lakepark Swim & Fitness to arrange for membership discounts for Region 3 members. Lakepark is the Fox Valley's most refreshing health club. Their 27,000 square ft. facility provides the ideal environment for you to meet your personal training and fitness goals.  

Membership Types
Discounted Monthly Dues
Individual (18-61) $37 ($57 regular price)
Single Parent (infant-13 years) $52 ($72 regular price)
Single Parent + (14-21 years) + $5 per child
Family (infant to 13 years) $67 ($87 regular price)
Family + (14-21 years) +$5 per child

No enrollment fees with a 12-month contract (savings of $99)!

Click here for a flyer to share. For further information on all amenities go to their website @
Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members

Automatic Recommendations
WEAC has made automatic recommendations in several statewide elections.

May 12 - Governor Candidate Forum - Milwaukee
Saturday, May 12 from noon - 3 PM
Miramar Theater - 
also broadcast on 1510 AM (Milwaukee) and 1580 AM (Madison)
Sponsored by Region 7, AFT 212, Schools and Communities United, Resistance Radio, and Citizen Action

For members and staff (and guests only) - Contact Jim Carlson if you want to go. 
Schedule It!
Click HERE to see our Region 3 Calendar. It includes WEAC and Region 3 governance meetings, Professional Development events, and many other workshops, meetings, and events sponsored by our office.
  • WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, Thursday, May 17 (and the third Thursday of every month) @ WEAC Region 3. To make an appointment contact: Brenda Echeverria 800-279-4030, ext. 3300.
  • WEAC Region 3 RA - May 12 @ 9:30 am - 2 pm Comfort Suites, Green Bay


WEAC Region 3