Rick Melcher 
​State Superintendent
Getting Politicians Out of Our Classrooms
About Rick Melcher

Biography                                                            Vision for the Future of Education

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.
​​My campaign is focused on the values we teach our children.  If one child in Wisconsin is denied educational opportunities,  or is unable to pursue their dreams because of partisan politics, we are failing in our responsibility to them and the future of Wisconsin.  

As your State Superintendent, I will:
   ** actively engage communities to protect our investment in public
        education, and empower our future citizens through public education.

   ** actively engage communities to protect our public schools from greedy
        political self-interests, and ensure that our shared community values
        about public education are represented in our state government.

   ** ensure that we live up to our responsibility for the future of Wisconsin
        and our community schools - where children learn what is necessary to
        be citizens in a democracy.

Wisconsin is a place where we always look out for each other in our families and communities.  My campaign is about ensuring that this idea, the Golden Rule, is alive and well in local schools all across Wisconsin. 

Some of the most discussed issues in Wisconsin Public Education include:
    ** Common Core State Standards
    ** Funding formula
    ** Entitlement Program giving tax dollars to private and religious schools
         without oversight or accountability
    ** Local control
    ** Excessive testing

I plan to address these issues, along with others that arise, by traveling the state to build relationships with communities and listening to your ideas and concerns.  I need to ensure that these shared values about education are represented in Madison.