Soccer + Engineering + Teaching =Prudisch at NDA


Olivia Vanden Elzen, Staff Writer, Journalism I

After teaching in five different schools in the past four years, Mr. Michael Prudisch has found his new home at Notre Dame Academy.

The Madison native attended high school at Verona Area High School where he humbly confessed to being a pretty decent soccer player.

So decent in fact, that while he trained at a summer soccer camp for high schoolers at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the university’s head coach approached him with an offer to recruit him onto the team.

The following year, Prudisch found himself accepting the offer and decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and study engineering.

“My dad was an engineer and my mom was a teacher, and going into Platteville I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do so I started out with engineering,” said Prudisch.

After giving it a good two-year try, he concluded that engineering was definitely “not as fun as [he] thought it would be.”

“I actually enjoyed helping my friends with their homework a lot more than doing my own engineering homework which is how I found out I had a passion for teaching,” Prudisch explained.

This realization led to him to change his major at the end of his sophomore year where he instead decided to study Broad Field Science and take some additional courses in education.

Prudisch continued to play soccer and study Broad Field Science for his remaining two years of college and graduated in 2013.

“My technical title is a major in Broad Field Science with concentrations in Biology and Physics and an emphasis in Secondary Education. Yeah it’s kind of a fancy title,” he commented.

After college, Prudisch served as a student teacher for a semester, a long-term substitute teacher in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and was then later hired as a full-time teacher at Grafton High School where he has taught for the past two years.

As the enrollment at Grafton started to decrease, the high school no longer needed a full-time science teacher.

Since Prudisch was the newest teacher, they offered him a part-time (or .6) teaching position, but he was determined to teach full-time.

His just-new fiancé, as of about a little over a month ago, found a job in the Appleton area which then led him to search for job openings near the same area.

“My fiancé went to Luxemburg-Casco so she knows the Green Bay Area pretty well and when I started listing off schools that had openings up here, Notre Dame came up, and she said it was a pretty prestigious school so I applied and eventually got the job,” explained Prudisch.

Prudisch now teaches a variety of classes including Biology A, Biology and Physical Science.

“In the next 15 years I hope to be settled at a school, and Notre Dame so far seems to be the perfect fit, so hopefully I am still here, but I am flexible for wherever life takes me. Green Bay also seems like the perfect place to raise a family, plus I love the Packers.”