Teacher and student (copy)

Madison teacher Heidi Schultz works with Destiny Daniel in her 4K classroom at Falk Elementary School in October. The Madison School District is one of 203 districts in the state with a certified teachers union. 


While many parents and students hold teachers with lots of experience in high regard, others prefer those who bring fresher perspectives to the classroom.

To determine where the most experienced teachers work in the Madison School District, the Cap Times analyzed staff data from the 2016-2017 school year collected by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. DPI’s all-staff report catalogs salary, position, experience level and demographic data of all faculty and staff in the state’s public schools.

The analysis found Madison’s most experienced teachers work at Metro High, the school housed inside the Dane County Jail. The five teachers at Metro High School have an average of 19.4 years of teaching experience. Badger Rock Middle School on Madison’s south side had the least experienced teachers with an average of 6.5 years in the classroom. Across the district, the average teacher has 12.18 years of experience. Statewide, the average is 14 years. The Cap Times excluded teachers who were not assigned to one school from our analysis.

The Cap Times also looked at teaching experience by subject area, analyzing subjects that employed at least ten teachers across the district. MMSD’s 16 French teachers have an average of 17.5 years of experience in the classroom, followed by Computer Literacy with 15.6 years. Business Education, Health and Biology/Life Science round out MMSD’s top five subject areas with the most-experienced teachers.

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Across the state, the 21 American Sign Language teachers have the most experience with an average of 23 years followed by the 81 Driver’s Education teachers who average 21.7 years. Orientation and Mobility, Computer Science and Japanese teachers round out the statewide list of the top-five subject areas with the most-experienced teachers.

In Madison, high school teachers are the most experienced teachers by grade level, with an average of 13.1 years of teaching. Elementary school teachers have an average of 12 years of experience, followed by middle school teachers with an average of 11.3 years. The Cap Times excluded null values and teachers who were not assigned to one of the three main school levels from our analysis.