Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Milwaukee Public Schools is proud of ten teachers recognized this year by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Teacher Fellowship recipients are educators who are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.
Today’s story features Kaitlynn Radloff and Alexander Branderhorst from Milwaukee High School of the Arts. Visit our page again to read more about all the MPS honorees.
Raymond Duncan, Marshall High School
Tina Gleason, Golda Meir School
Jocelyn Johnson, Academy of Accelerated Learning
Margaret Petershack, Transition High School
Aimie Rognsvoog, IDEAL
Chad Sperzel-Wuchterl, Reagan High School
Nancy Wisniewski, Mitchell Elementary School
Kaela Zielinski, Academy of Accelerated Learning
Kaitlynn Radloff began her teaching career in Madison, Wisconsin, and has been part of the MPS family since 2014, when she began teaching art at Lincoln Center of the Arts. In 2018, she joined the staff of Milwaukee High School of the Arts, where she currently teaches Image Technology, Video Technology, Printmaking, and Advanced Painting and Drawing.
One of Radloff’s pet projects has been the initiation of Jazz in the Parking Lot at Lincoln Center of the Arts. Radloff launched and supervised the event for the past four years, drawing about 100 attendees to enjoy music and visual art, create a sense of community, and raise funds for the school.
Radloff’s education philosophy centers on diversity. “Children deserve to be taught in a classroom that accepts differences and promotes understanding of diversity,” she says. “My most distinct ability is continuously working with and learning from my students to create an accessible classroom that celebrates diversity and fuels both self-empowerment and self-discovery, while building community both in and out of the classroom.”
Alexander Branderhorst began teaching in MPS in 2005 at Washington High School, having previously taught in California. He joined the staff of Milwaukee High School of the Arts in 2016, where he teaches English.
Outside of school, Branderhorst keeps busy as a Ropes and Challenges Course leader, Yearbook Club advisor, a teacher for Great World Texts, and as a trainer for Arts @ Large.
Branderhorst has a passion for projects that push students to explore and understand their world, including his Parent Legacy Project and Museum Project. “I tell the students the goal is to get the parents talking, to get them telling stories. Each week students return and tell me how shocked they were to find out things that they didn’t know about their parents and their own upbringing,” he says. “In the Museum Project, students are creating museum exhibits that they will be docents for. Their parents and other community members are the visitors to the museum and the students guide and teach the visitors what they have studied.”
MPS is grateful for the commitment these teachers bring to their students each day. Congratulations, Kaitlynn Radloff and Alexander Branderhorst!