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Tremper High School English Teacher Gets Six Months In Jail For 3rd OWI – Still Teaching On Work Release

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Mark P. Wisniewski (41) of Kenosha – English Teacher, Tremper High School
(Kenosha County Sheriff)

A Kenosha English teacher was sentenced to six months in jail last week after leading Kenosha Police on a 1 mile chase with a blood alcohol content of .300 – almost four times the legal limit. Mark P. Wisniewski, 41, of Kenosha, told police he didn’t stop becuase he “didn’t have insurance.” This wasn’t his first OWI. It was his third. Unsurprising to people familiar with KUSD policy, all three OWIs were obtained by Wisniewski while he was employed by the Kenosha Unified School District.

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Wisniewski is an English teacher at Tremper High School. He was hired on August 29, 2007. Even after the third time driving drunk, KUSD has decided to let Wisniewski continue to educate young minds. Wisconsin Governor Tony Ever’s (D) Department of Public Instruction doesn’t seem to take issue with Wisniewski’s repeated lawlessness either. His license to teach is still valid.

On November 7, 2007, only 70 days after being hired by the district, Wisniewski got his first OWI in Milwaukee. He was found guilty on January 25, 2008.

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Mark P. Wisniewski (41) of Kenosha – English Teacher, Tremper High School
(Kenosha County Sheriff)

On August 1, 2013, while wearing a Star Wars shirt, Wisniewski was driving at a blood alcohol level of .216 – almost three times the legal limit. Wisniewski lost control of his car, drove off of the roadway and entered a backyard of a home where he crashed into a tree. He plead guilty on March 7, 2014 and served 15 days in jail.

Mark P. Wisniewski (41) of Kenosha – English Teacher, Tremper High School
(Kenosha County Sheriff)

Finally, on June 25, 2023, a Kenosha Police Officer in an unmarked squad observed a Wisniewski in an SUV traveling eastbound approaching his location at 26th Avenue and 52nd Street, in the City and County of Kenosha, State of Wisconsin. He measured the vehicle’s speed at a 55mph in a 30mph zone.

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Due to the vehicle’s high rate of speed the officer attempted to catch up to it prior to activating his squad emergency lights and siren. His maximum speed while doing this was 54 mph. The officer activated his squad emergency lights earlier then he wanted to as the vehicle was approximately 2-3 blocks ahead of him. His maximum speeds while attempting to catch up to this vehicle with his emergency lights and siren activated was at 68 mph.

Speeds were estimated at approximately 40 mph from this viaduct to Sheridan Road. The vehicle stopped at the red traffic light at Sheridan Road. The KPD officer stopped behind it as it stopped in the inner lane. He did not see the rear reverse lights activate as if it would have been placed into a park position. The officer then turned off the audible siren. He exited the squad and placed his driver side spotlight on the driver/side mirror area. This light illuminated the driver’s face. He also activated his 1000 lumen flashlight in to driver seat area. Officer Weidner observed the driver appear to look into the mirror in his direction. The officer yelled loudly for the driver to turn off the engine three times. He also ordered the driver to place the vehicle into park.

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During this time the traffic light turned to green. This vehicle stayed stopped for approximately 20 seconds. It then drove through the intersection continuing to drive eastbound. Officer Weidner was yelling so loud that people at Lou Perrines parking lot was looking in his direction and he heard them commenting when the vehicle drove away. Officer Weidner continued to pursue it eastbound activating his squad siren. While in the 800 block, he observed the vehicle hard brake from approximately 40 mph to 14 mph and turned the right directional and moved over to the curb lane. It appeared the vehicle was going to pull over. It did not, it continued to fail to yield to the emergency mode squad car at this slow speed until the T-intersection (all way stop signed). The officer observed this vehicle activate it’s right turn signal. It slowed to approximately 10 mph and proceeded through the intersection turning southbound. There was another vehicle stopped on the northside of the intersection yielding to his squad and not attempting to go through the intersection. This vehicle continued southbound on 6th Avenue (speeds approximately 26 mph). This vehicle then stopped at the intersection (all way stop signed) at 54th Street/6th Avenue. The vehicle turned on the left turn signal. It stopped completely then proceeded to turn eastbound on 54th Street. The vehicle then activated the right turn signal and turned southbound on 5th Avenue. Approximately half the way towards 55th Street the vehicles slowed to a stop near the west curbing.

Once stopped, the officer ordered the driver to turn off the vehicle multiple times. The driver eventually did this. he ordered him to open the driver door. He opened it slightly. He then ordered him to open it all the way, which he did. The officer ordered him to exit the vehicle with his hands in the air. He did not do as ordered. He eventually turned but not the way he ordered him. At that time a backup officer arrived and continued with the commands. Wisniewski continued to disobey the orders given to him. He was eventually placed into custody. Police believed driving actions constituted fleeing an officer charge.

The Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office, however didn’t charge Wisniewski with felony fleeing and eluding, instead charging him with a misdemeanor count of “Resist Officer – Failure To Stop Vehicle” and OWI (3rd).

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Wisniewski plead guilty to OWI (3rd) and the DA’s office dismissed the failure to stop charge. Judge Gerad Dougvillo sentenced Wisniewski to six months in jail but allowed for HUBER, also known as work release.
Beginning yesterday, Wisniewski left the jail and went to Tremper to teach, and returned to the jail at night. He will be doing this until summer break.

KUSD Superintendent Jeff Weiss (D)
(File Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

KUSD Superintendent Jeff Weiss (D) hasn’t responded to KCE with any comments. KCE has requested Wisniewski’s personnel file.

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  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.

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66 Responses

  1. Yes, it’s a high bar, but KUSD is definitely the most corrupt government organization in Kenosha County.

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    1. I’m one of his students in his classes and earlier this year my friend and I both thought he was a bit drunk or tipsy at the least. I brought it up to the principal and he searched his desk but they obviously don’t have the rights or the stuff to test his breath with a Breathalyzer to see if he’s at all under the influence of alcohol.

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      1. I call b*llshit. He was arrested the summer before school and unable to drink. And he would never drink before school.

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          1. Key word. Barfly. That’s not school. Drinking at a bar, and drinking during school, are light years apart.

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            1. The kid said he seemed messed up at school and I believe him. Why don’t you? You probably also don’t believe rape victims either do you? You must be one of his drinking buddies at 4:00 in the afternoon.

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          2. You have seen the barfly?? Where did you see him… in a bar?? So, by your logic, a person who goes to the bar automatically drinks on their JOB? Give me a break, your comment is absolutely ridiculous!

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            1. OK, I’ll be more specific, I’ve seen the guy get trashed daily and go driving afterwards. I won’t name the bar but it is 2.1 miles from Tremper. He treats people like shit like the keyboard warriors who hide on here. He gives no fucks about anyone but himself, like the majority of humans. Quit defending this piece of shit, luckily he didn’t end up like Ajay Pierangeli and killing someone.

            2. someone who goes to a bar and someone who drinks themselves to the point of inebriation and then risking others lives when they drive are completely different. Sorry i talked about the Kenosha Drunks, got all your drunken feathers ruffled.

      2. If you are one of his students, then your issue shouldn’t be that he ‘was tipsy in class’, but that you are a terrible writer. Your poor writing skills should be your issue with this teacher!

    1. I’m a sinner. We all are. I’m happy to say that I have been sober for about 14 years now. So I will never be caught drunk driving once let alone three times. I live a pretty boring life and I’ve never been arrested in my first 39 years. Maybe I’ll do something stupid in the future, but I doubt it. If I do get arrested one day, you’ll read it first here. Have a wonderful day

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      1. We are all sinners and fall short of the Glory of God, but we have a loving Redeemer. Just because Kevin points out the criminal entities in the government and KUSD is no reason to attack him. Kevin is doing an excellent job in notifying the public of harmful individuals in our community and I am extremely grateful for that. The fact is, Wisniewski is a criminal and should not be teaching children. Jeff Weiss has shirked his duties as a Superintendent numerous times. Since he does nothing to stop this behavior, it must mean that he condones it.

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  2. That’s the KUSD way! Hire and keep employment of criminals and be more friends then role models with students. Disgrace

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  3. The good news it that this teacher was not convicted of a sex offense. He is just a drunk. Sadly, like so many other people in Wisconsin.

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  4. The Devil’s Juice. Glad I gave up my ill-fated drinking career many many moons ago. I received one DUI about 15 years ago. I drove drunk thousands of times, not something I am proud of, but it happened the way it happen because that was the way it was supposed to happen. All things in life are predetermined. Congratulations to those who have stopped drinking and to those struggling like this man, I wish you the best.

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  5. One of the best English teachers I’ve ever had! Everyone makes mistakes, some people learn others don’t.

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    1. Yes ! He taught us how to properly tap a keg , do shots while driving , throw empty bottles out of the the car window , use a cork screw . Very helpful and informative .

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    2. Yes ! He taught us how to properly tap a keg , do shots while driving , throw empty bottles out of the the car window , use a cork screw . Very helpful and informative .

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  6. KUSD loves criminals and those who protect. There are zero morals and values anymore. Look at last week….. giving praise to those who protect pedophiles

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  7. Not defending drunk drivers but I would be an alky if I had to deal with todays idiot kids and libtard parents.

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  8. My question is more about if he is sober when teaching? When you reach the level of a .30 bac., it raises serious concerns. This would be a serious red flag that he has a serious problem and probably is consuming at all hours of the day. So, I would recommend that if he continues to be a teacher that they check his sobriety during the school day and especially first thing in the morning.

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  9. Kenosha County passed on the chance to have an OWI court to address repeat offenders. The Drug Court team was sent to Madison for training but the idea never got off the ground because the county would not commit to the frequent random testing to ensure that these people weren’t drinking.

  10. He was a good teacher, when I had him at tremper in the 2010’s. He obviously has a drinking problem, and I hope he can get help. Let’s hope he’s not drinking in the job

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  11. KUSD seems to attract the bottom of the barrel–we have pedophiles, porn addicts, porn pushers, sex-change proponants, drunkards and more–all in charge of your children. Jeff Weiss and Yolanda Adams and the most of the school board doesn’t seem to care about your kids. When will you pull your kids out of public schools? They don’t have a chance with the government running roughshod over your kids.

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  12. The more times the Union saves a man’s job because he is screw up, the more the Union owns and controls the man and his political views. UAW 72 taught me this.
    In his position as high school Teacher, Wisniewski has influence over and shapes his students’ political education.
    Nothing serious will happen to Wisniewski if he is part of the Communist-Democrat indoctrination process that youth receive at KUSD .

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  13. Let’s be honest, he was charged with a lesser crime because he is a Democrat. They take care of their ilk. He doesn’t deserve Huber, he ran from police which is a serious crime. 3rd OWI? He should only be released to an AA meeting inside the jail. He’s probably drinking. Thank you corrupt Dem DA and Judge! Asshats!

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  14. Mark is a great teacher and a human being who clearly has a problem. Those of you who are accusing him of drinking while at work or drinking while teaching kids, are speculating about something you have no idea about. The facts are that this man needs help and he hasn’t harmed any children. He made bad decisions while NOT at work and off the clock, yes, he should be punished and suffer the consequences, but what happened outside of work does not mean he didn’t properly perform while at work.

  15. I don’t think any of us are perfect in life, I don’t think we should judge their actions outside of school because it’s not our business, I know what a good person he is and the excellent teacher he is and if they don’t like that he is in Tremper, go to another school.

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    1. If somebody doesn’t like it they should go to another school? Do you understand that based on where somebody lives they only have one choice for a school? I respect your opinion but this is a ridiculous argument

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      1. Actually there are 75 to 100 KUSD kids who open enroll to Central High School in Paddock Lake. Central sends a bus or two every morning to the Brat Stop to pick kids up.

    2. AG: You are right in that none of us are perfect and what anyone does outside of work is really no one’s business at work, as long as the person is performing well at work. Mark is a great teacher and a good person. He would never hurt the children and he is very good at his job. There are times when I commend Kevin for the type of reporting that he does, but in this case, I see him making life more difficult for a person who is already struggling.

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    3. So driving drunk and getting caught 3 times, he is not a good person because he could have killed innocent people. If he wants to drink don’t drink and drive!!

    4. AG, it’s funny people say comments like that, yet judge police, president, and anyone else on their acts outside of their profession. But I’m sure you only do that when it fits your agenda. A teacher is supposed to be a role model for one. So if you literally support 3 times OWI for a teacher in a highschool who teaches kids that do drive, you my hypocritical friend are a idiot

  16. AG: You are right in that none of us are perfect and what anyone does outside of work is really no one’s business at work, as long as the person is performing well at work. Mark is a great teacher and a good person. He would never hurt the children and he is very good at his job. There are times when I commend Kevin for the type of reporting that he does, but in this case, I see him making life more difficult for a person who is already struggling.

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  17. Perhaps KUSD brass doesn’t want to look too deep into DUI’s because they may have to look in the mirror. Many administrators have been in the same boat or protected their friends by looking the other way.

  18. Does KCE report on all the teachers that have 3 OWI convictions or just the ones you did not go to school with???

  19. Reason 1000 why parents are pulling their kids from the district. Shitty teachers, criminals, sick fucks, and buddy buddy. Don’t cry about lack of kids being born, they are flooding private and county schools. Idiots like Landry, who’s husband is a rapist will fit well on the kusd board. Criminals stick together right? Shawnell gross, kids call him dad! And he goes to court hearings for murderers, was part of jury tampering and still employed, barker, openly supporter fuller hours after he killed a young girl, still employed. Anyone who supports that organization is a blind fucken idiot

  20. I get this was his 3rd offense on the last 17 years, but you making a mockery of this man who obviously has a drinking problem is horrendous.

  21. I guess that doesn’t violate policy so long as he isn’t driving to school drunk or drinking once he gets there, so at least he’s earning a paycheck and paying income taxes in the meantime. Obviously, he didn’t learn anything and will eventually end up in prison.
    Then the kusd will perhaps use him to teach online classes 🤣

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