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Baraboo teacher wins WI Middle School Teacher of the Year

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin has a new Middle School Teacher of the Year, and she teaches in Baraboo.

State Superintendent Tony Evers surprised this year's winner Monday morning, at a ceremony at Jack Young Middle School in Baraboo.

"It's really critical that we, a state and our school districts around the state, really honor our excellent teaching," Sup. Evers said. "So this is, of all the things I do as state superintendent, is clearly one of the most fun."

Jane McMahon, an English teacher, earned the award. She's been teaching in Baraboo since 1989.

"I came here to teach in 1989 and imagined that I'd end up back in Madison eventually, and people told me, 'No, you'll stay in Baraboo, it's pretty remarkable,' and they were right," McMahon said. "It's because of the students that I'm still here today, 25 years later." 

McMahon says the award is really about her co-workers and her students.

"This is really about them because if I didn't have such amazing staff members and such a great group of kids to work with, I would never be here today," McMahon said. "I just feel so amazingly grateful, and I don't know how to thank the people who've helped me become the teacher I've been enough, because I am just really humbled, it's amazing," 

As part of the honor, McMahon will receive $3,000 through the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.

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