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Susan (Grunwald) Richardson ’96 represents Wisconsin in 2021 National Teacher of the Year Program

By Jacqueline Kenny

November 04, 2020

Susan Richardson ’96Carthage alumna Susan (Grunwald) Richardson ’96 was named one of five Wisconsin 2021 Teachers of the Year and is representing Wisconsin in the 2021 National Teacher of the Year Program.

Mrs. Richardson, who majored in German with a minor in history, says the small classes and faculty at Carthage helped her better understand the learning process and opened her mind to the world around her.

“I thrived in small-group discussions and learned about learning,” says Mrs. Richardson. “Carthage made me curious and made me question things.” While at Carthage, she had the opportunity to observe a variety of schools and teaching styles while acquiring field hours required for her major. During her junior year, she traveled to Kiel, Germany for a semester — where she returned after graduation to teach.

“Professors like James Lochtefeld encouraged me to recognize that there is so much more to the world than my immediate circle.”

After seven years in Germany, Mrs. Richardson returned to Wisconsin to teach German to students in Kenosha, Racine, Manitowoc, and Milwaukee. She currently teaches third grade at the Milwaukee German Immersion School in Wisconsin.

Susan Richardson ’96“I’m so honored and committed to representing Wisconsin’s fantastic teachers the best I can.”

As the representative for Wisconsin, Mrs. Richardson will attend events, speak about educational issues, and serve as an advocate for students and education. In April, she’ll visit the White House with representatives from across the country. During a ceremony with the President and Vice President, one of them will be named National Teacher of the Year.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recognized Mrs. Richardson for “promoting equity in her instruction and reaching out and building relationships with students to serve their individual needs.”