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Somerset teacher chosen 'Teacher of the Year'

Sara Kreibich

The Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies has chosen Sara Kreibich as the Distinguished High School Teacher of the Year for 2012.

Kreibich has been a high school social studies teacher for 12 years. She currently teaches civics, world history and geography at Somerset High School. Previous to her current job, Kreibich taught U.S. history, world history, government and Spanish for 11 years at Osceola High School.

"I was completely surprised and honored to be selected as a representative of this award," Kreibich said. "The WCSS represents such an amazing core of the teachers of social studies in Wisconsin - teachers who work to teach students to be engaged in the world around them."

Kreibich grew up in Chippewa Falls and did her undergraduate work at Winona State University (Winona, Minn.) and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she graduated in 1999 with a secondary education (social studies and Spanish) degree.

She continued her education at Silver Lake College (Manitowoc) with a Master's Degree in 2007 in administrative leadership (director of instruction/PK-12 principal). She has also completed extensive graduate level work in U.S. history, history education, brain-based learning and teacher mentoring/coaching.

"I was drawn to social studies because it gives people the opportunity to understand the world around them and be aware of how they can take part, make informed decisions and make a difference in their families, their communities and even the world," Kreibich said. "Social studies education can accomplish these things and it is exciting to know that many of the young people I teach can make some difference in their communities and beyond."

Kreibich has worked on various committees and projects for the DPI including the Common Core State Standards Leadership Team for Disciplinary Literacy, the social studies frameworks committee, and others. She has also worked on creating programing and resources for the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board and worked on a three-year Teaching American History Grant that focused on connecting state and local history to U.S. History using historic sites, primary sources and best teaching practices in social studies. 

Other areas of her professional work have focused on the development of disciplinary literacy and critical thinking in social studies, implementing rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge into social studies curriculum, creating effective and realistic formative and summative assessments for both teaching and learning, using data to shape Social Studies instruction, collaboration and support programs for new and veteran teachers and establishing student advising/mentoring programs.

"I have been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with supportive and collaborative colleagues during my years in both Osceola and now in Somerset," she said. "I have also had multiple opportunities to work with many amazing social studies teachers, professors and curricular leaders in the area and around the state who have been willing to share ideas for teaching strategies and working with all types of students. I feel like I have been truly blessed with supportive mentors and colleagues."

Kreibich currently lives in Somerset with her husband, Cory, a third grade teacher, and her sons Trae (9) and Caeden (6), and her daughter Drew (8).