Luke Merchlewitz is a second grade teacher in Winona, Minnesota and an adjunct faculty member at Winona State University. Serving in education for nearly 30 years, Merchlewitz was a 2010 top ten finalist for MN Teacher of the Year and Minnesota’s Teacher of Excellence in 2011. He also serves on a variety of non-profit organizations including the Foundation Board for Winona Area Public Schools as well as the board of directors for the 7 Rivers Region of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Merchlewitz is an NEA Foundation Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow, a project designed to broaden the basic understanding of how educators navigate the global age and strengthen their global competencies and corresponding instructional practices. He is a recognized leader in public education for his commitment and teaching abilities.