After the exciting engagement proposal at the homecoming pep rally, the FHS staff decided to learn more about the famous power couple, Ms. Molitor and Mr. Wiske.
Mr. Wiske grew up in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, and attended Whitnall High School there. He then went on to the University of Steven’s Point, where he earned his bachelors of science in Physical Education, Health Education, and Adapted Physical Education.
He decided to become a teacher after numerous positive experiences as a student. As he says, “For me, teaching and coaching give me an opportunity to impact many lives in a positive way.”
This is his fifth year teaching, all of which have been in the Franklin Public School District. He has taught, “physical education, health, and adapted PE at every level, Kindergarten through high school. I also helped teach healthy living
classes at Forest Park middle school for two years.”
Mr. Wiske says that he enjoys working at Franklin High School due to the great amount of school pride towards their sports and activities. They set standards to be the best and he enjoys watching and participating in this passion.
Outside of school, Mr. Wiske plays the drums in a band, coaches football, basketball, and track, and he enjoys being on the water and camping.
Ms. Molitor is a Franklin High School graduate, who then went on to attend the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and UW Milwaukee. Coincidentally, she lived on the floor below Mr. Wiske when attending Steven’s Point, however they were not acquainted at that point.
She has been teaching for five years, all of which have been spent teaching Algebra and Geometry at Franklin High School. She also taught a class at Forest Park Middle School for a year. The year that she was hired to teach the class at Forest Park was the same year that Mr. Wiske was hired to work for the district.
As a child, Ms. Molitor would always play the math teacher and the position stuck. When asked what she likes about Franklin High School, she said, “I like working with my department. I like working with kids who are well behaved and take responsibility for their education.”
Outside of school, (Yes, teachers have a life outside of teaching you) Ms. Molitor enjoys dancing, exercising, and watching movies.
Although he and Ms. Molitor grew up near to each other and went to the same college, they did not meet until Ms. Molitor began coaching middle school poms.
Mr. Wiske proposed to Ms. Molitor at the Homecoming 2013 pep rally, and they plan to get married this upcoming summer in Florida. She said, “I was not supposed to be at the pep rally on Friday. I was subbed out all day working on math curriculum. On Tuesday we got an email saying we were not allowed to miss the pep rally. I complained to Mr. Wiske about how silly it was that we had to cut the very important math meeting short to supervise the pep rally when our subs could do it. Later I found out the reason we had to cut our meeting short was because of me and the proposal. I felt really silly for complaining!!”
When asked about his proposal, Mr. Wiske says, “I have never been as nervous as I was that day! I am positive that my
heart rate was in the target zone for the hour leading up to the big question, but it was all worth it! Many teachers and administrators helped behind the scenes to make that day possible. I am thankful to them, and glad that we were able to include the students, as they are who we spend most of our time with.” And did FHS students react! As soon as Mr. Wiske walked through the other teachers with flowers and got down on one knee in front of the entire school, students rushed from the stands to witness the proposal first hand.
On October 15th, Today TMJ4 came to Franklin High School to interview Ms. Molitor and Mr. Wiske regarding their unique marriage proposal during the pep rally, titled, “Teacher proposes with public display of affection”. The TV segment can be seen at: