Beaver Dam Teacher Has ‘Experience of a Lifetime’ At Grammy Awards

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam school teacher who won a trip to this past weekend’s Grammy Awards show says it was the experience of a lifetime. Gerryanne Schwanke of Sun Prairie and her sister-in-law Kristen Schwanke of La Crosse got two VIP seats to the star-studded event after winning a contest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show last week.

Gerryanne says it was (quote) “so much fun and so interesting to see everything behind the scenes come together with the performers all in one place.” She says she will definitely tell her kids about it. The two left for New York on Saturday, arrived back in Madison on Monday and Gerryanne was back in the classroom at Prairie View Elementary Tuesday where the students have been very interested in their teachers Hollywood hobnobbing.

Even before she went to the Grammys, Gerryanne says she had one student who could not get enough of her appearance on Ellen and asked repeatedly to keep watching it. On Tuesday, she showed the students her VIP passes to the Grammys, the program from the event and pictures she had taken. Gerryanne says her favorite part of the Grammys was the performances and she was surprised that there were not more awards handed out. The two sat in the front rows of the second tier just off the floor at Madison Square Garden. She was close enough to get a good video of Lady Gaga’s performance at center stage.

Gerryanne and her sister-in-law won the Grammy tickets on Ellen by competing against another couple in a game called “Blame That Tune.” Gerryanne had to wear headphones as a plastic brace-like device was inserted in her mouth that prevented her from moving her lips. She then had to sing four songs to her sister-in-law who correctly guessed each song.