Pulaski teacher wins state PE award

An elementary school physical education teacher in the Pulaski Community School District is the winner of the Wisconsin Health and Physical Education’s Elementary PE Teacher of the Year award.

Chris Wendorf, who teaches physical education at Sunnyside Elementary School, has been a teacher for 26 years — the last 22 of which have been with the Pulaski district. Wendorf said he’s honored and humbled to receive the award which goes to a recipient who conducts a quality physical education program, serves as a positive role model, participates in professional development and provides professional leadership.

“Many of the teachers that have been honored in previous years are people I have admired and tried to model my program after. My elementary school physical education teacher is one who was honored many years ago, and to think that I am now joining that special group is pretty amazing,” Wendorf said. “I have always taken great pride in providing my students with extraordinary experiences, and to be recognized for my efforts is very satisfying.”

Wendorf’s parents were also teachers. His father, Greg, was a 35-year teacher and administrator, and his mother, Carol, taught physical education for 37 years. Wendorf earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from UW-Stevens Point. He later earned a master’s degree in education from Lesley University in Massachusetts. Wendorf lives in Ashwaubenon with his wife, Barb, his son, Ben, and daughter, Anna.

“Chris does an amazing job both instructionally and as a role model both in and out of the classroom,” said Marc Klawiter, Sunnyside principal. “He is a positive individual whose passion for teaching is demonstrated every day.”

Wendorf will receive the award during an October convention in Wisconsin Dells. He has the chance to apply for the Midwest Physical Education Teacher of the Year.