Rick Melcher (Write-in)

Candidate For State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Rick Melcher (Write-in)

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Candidate Biography

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I currently reside in Racine, WI with my wife and stepson.  My daughter lives in Franklin, WI, my son in Milwaukee, WI, and my mother, sisters, and brother all reside in Shawano, WI.  My father passed away in December, 2014.

I graduated from Oak Creek High School in 1977 where I was a three year letter winner in cross country and track & field.  My cross country teammates and I placed 4th in the 1975 State Championship meet and 2nd in 1976.

After my high school graduation, I held jobs in the areas of laborer, truck driver, mobile petting zoo display manager, bartender, inside auto parts salesman, and others before attending college.  I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from UW-Milwaukee in 1992.

While attending college to obtain my teaching degree, I began coaching track & field.  I continued coaching track & field, along with cross country and basketball for 17 years.  

Events in my personal life have lead to 25 years of teaching experience at the following Wisconsin schools: Seneca High School, Bayfield High School, Lodi High School, Riverside University High School (Milwaukee), Norris Adolescent Treatment Center (near Mukwonago), and currently Park High School (Racine).  In addition, I was the 6 - 12 math teacher for Hinsdale County School District in Lake City, CO.

On a professional level, I served as a lead teacher for the Wisconsin Academy Staff Development Initiative funded by the National Science Foundation.  As a member of the Board of Directors on the Wisconsin Mathematics Council, I gave presentations at the annual conferences in Green Lake, WI.  I have volunteered to be a mathematics teacher representative on several district and statewide committees that focused on curriculum, pedagogy, assessments, and scheduling to name a few.

In the rural and urban settings that I have lived, I have always been a part of the community.  I have volunteered at local festivals, fairs, and arts events; sleeping outside overnight in a cardboard box with students to experience homelessness; working with gardening clubs and other organizations to grow food for the hungry; coaching little league baseball; and selling numerous items to help raise money for clubs, bands, choirs, and parent organizations.