2016 Teacher of the Year Finalist

James Svitavsky

CEA Wisconsin Teacher of the Year
Adult Basic Education
Social Studies, Civics, and Communications
Waupun Correctional Institution
Waupun, WI

Jim has twenty-seven years of teaching experience with the last ten in corrections. He has taught in urban, rural, and suburban public schools. He earned a B.S. in Political Science and Sociology from U.W. Stevens Point and a M.Ed. in Special Education from National Louis University. He teaches Social Studies, Civics, Communications, other ABE classes. He also teaches general studies courses on the Behavioral Health Unit at the Waupun Correctional Institution Waupun, WI.

He has presented workshops at CEA-Region III & IV Conferences including the workshops on "Using Personal Experiences and Student Reflection on Holistic Assessments" and "Starting an Educational Program on a Behavioral Health Unit."

His survey of Motivation and Goal Identification, combining William Gasser's Choice Theory (needs) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy's (motivators) is the linchpin of his transformative classroom.

He believes, "My job is to provide purposeful teaching, which yields productive citizens."