One of four national finalists for Teacher of the Year hails from Wisconsin, the first time that's happened since 1967. He is also a native of Winona.
Sun Prairie Area School District middle school music teacher and band director Chris Gleason is one of the four finalists. He was announced as Wisconsin's middle school teacher of the year in September and the Council of Chief State School Officers announced Monday that he was a finalist for the 2017 National
Teacher of the Year award.
The winner will be announced sometime in the spring.
Gleason's brother Tim Gleason is a coach and band director at Winona High School. His father, Jerry Gleason, was band director at Arcadia and in the La Crosse schools.
Chris Gleason was chosen as a finalist from among the 56 teachers of the year from the 50 states and territories.
Gleason teaches at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie and has been a teacher for 19 years.