Theresa Seppa, is the recipient of the Ashland Rotary Club's 2019 Teacher Service Above Self Award. Ms Seppa has taught in Washburn for 27 years and currently teaches 3rd Grade.
In accepting the award, she stated that she was honored to receive the award and that her daily goal is to inspire a love of learning in her students.

Ms Seppa currently volunteers as the music minister at St Louis Catholic Church. She is a member of the Ashland City Band, Northland College Winds and is treasurer as well as performs with the Chequamegon Area Choir. She volunteers at the Big Top Chautauqua Gift Shop and is the treasurer of the Washburn Lions Club where she has also served as vice-president. She is a founding member of the Ashland Bayfield Literacy Council and has been president for the past 5 years.

One of several nomination letters submitted summed up the theme of all of them stating, "Theresa Seppa volunteers her time willingly, selflessly, and joyfully to enrich the lives of others in her community."
As part of this recognition, the Rotary Club provides $500 to be donated to a nonprofit organization chosen by the award winner. Ms Seppa's donation will go to the ABC Thrift Shop Capital Campaign in Washburn, which she noted has provided support to many of the organizations that she has worked for.

By sponsoring this award Ashland Rotary recognizes that many teachers demonstrate a personal commitment to their communities through volunteerism, outside the classroom. This service is critical to supplementing area social services and providing additional educational and cultural experiences that contribute to the quality of life in our community. Nominations for the award were made by community membersand the recipient is chosen by the Ashland Rotary Club Board of Directors.

Each year, the Ashland Rotary Club recognizes an area teacher who exemplifies the Rotary motto "Service Above Self". Rotary International which has 35,000 clubs and 1.5 million members worldwide, focused on education, clean water and sanitation, peaceful conflict resolution and the world wide eradication of Polio through the Polio Plus Program.