UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Brenda Wright, Ph.D., associate professor of teacher education, was selected as the 2013 Distinguished Teacher. She was previously honored as the 2011 Outstanding Advisor of the Year by the College of Education and Professional Studies. "Brenda is an amazing professor who truly dedicates her life to preparing teachers. She constantly strives to make future educators the best that they can possibly be."
Wright earned her bachelor degree in elementary and early childhood education from Augsburg College, a master's degree in education from St. Mary's University, and a doctorate in education from Hamline University. Prior to joining the Teacher Education Department at UW-River Falls, Wright spent 15 years teaching at Hope Christian Academy in Cottage Grove and Rutherford Elementary in Stillwater. Courses taught by Wright include Elementary Techniques Social Studies, School and Society, and Social Science in Elementary School.
For the past five years, Wright has been elected to the Board of Directors of World Citizen, Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting peace in education through the dedication of peace sites and peace education workshops. She has also served as a Peace Education Program facilitator and lecturer through World Citizen, Inc. Her workshops are designed for K-6 teachers in Minnesota and Wisconsin to gain an understanding in peace education which promotes social justice and equity at both a national and global level, in their own classrooms. Wright is also a member of the National Association for Multicultural Education and Phi Delta Kappa International.