Heather Eisenman received the recognition after her friend, Tim Smith, sent in a nomination to the TV station. She's the only Racine education to receive the award in the past two years.
Here's the essay Tim wrote about Heather:
Mrs. Heather Eisenman is an amazing teacher. As a teacher of cognitively disabled students, she adapts the curriculum of FIVE DIFFERENT grade levels for her ONE classroom to best meet the needs of her students. Never one to complain, she greets her students cheerfully each morning, nurtures them with praise and "high fives" during the day and sends them home feeling accepted and loved despite their differences. Mrs. Eisenman is a true advocate for her students, not only as a teacher, but also as a Board member for the Autism Society of SE Wisconsin. She is a resource for teachers and parents when they need information on special education issues or community resources. If she does not know the answer, she will find it for you. Mrs. Eisenman is a teacher who cares for each and every one of her students as if they were her own biological children. Hugs are genuine and in abundance in her classroom. Her students love her and respond to her teaching style. The last several years, Mrs. Eisenman has implemented a program called "Lettuce Make you a Salad." Her students take orders from school staff members for home made salads. Students learn communication skills, math skills and food preparation. Proceeds from this program allow her students to go on field trips and fund activities throughout the year.--Spend ONE day with Heather Eisenman at Wadewitz School in Racine and you will agree that she is TRULY a "Top Grade Teacher." The students and staff of our school are blessed to know her.