The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Army National Guard, and the Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education, has named 60 educators as the 2020 Educators of Promise, including Mineral Point Elementary’s Denise Gorgen (2nd Grade Teacher) and Tom Ingwell (Phy Ed Teacher).

The group was selected for having a strong potential for educational and community leadership. Teachers, pupil services staff, and administrators from across the state applied to the program. The group was selected through a competitive process, focusing on readiness for learning and leading. 

The 2020 Educators of Promise serve in unique roles within their respective school districts, and support the DPI in ensuring all Wisconsin students are college and career ready upon graduation. 

“Each of the educators named to be part of this prestigious group have such tremendous leadership potential,” State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor said. “This group of educators is dedicated to taking on the challenge of growing, and using their voice and leadership ability to help Wisconsin students succeed in our schools.” 

The 2020 Educators of Promise are invited to attend the 2020 Wisconsin Educator Leadership Rendezvous from July 21-23 at Fort McCoy. The three-day leadership retreat is led by Wisconsin Army National Guard staff and teacher leaders, who serve as assistant squad leaders. With a goal of growing their ability to lead, attendees engage in hands-on learning, team-building activities, seminars, and more.