Engaged in Excellence Awards

We are excited to announce the 2nd Annual, Elmbrook Schools Engaged in Excellence awards to be presented on Monday, May 22 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center. Staff members, students, families, and alumni, are eligible to nominate candidates for any of the thirteen categories. All nominees will be recognized and honored throughout the selection process. Please direct any questions to pr@elmbrookschools.org.

All Golden Apple category winners will be announced at the awards show!

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Excellence in Teaching - Elementary
This teacher builds positive and impactful student and family relationships leading to success in the classroom. He/she is professional and prepared for each day, is respected by one’s peers and colleagues, models strong teaching and learning practices, and inspires students to pursue excellence.

Excellence in Teaching - Middle School
This teacher builds positive and impactful student and family relationships leading to success in the classroom. He/she is professional and prepared for each day, is respected by one’s peers and colleagues, models strong teaching and learning practices, and inspires students to pursue excellence.

Excellence in Teaching - High School
This teacher builds positive and impactful student and family relationships leading to success in the classroom. He/she is professional and prepared for each day, is respected by one’s peers and colleagues, models strong teaching and learning practices, and inspires students to pursue excellence.

Excellence in Teaching - Newcomer (First 5 Years of Teaching)
This teacher is new to the teaching profession in the past five years and builds positive and impactful student and family relationships leading to success in the classroom. He/she is professional and prepared for each day, is respected by one’s peers and colleagues, models strong teaching and learning practices, and inspires students to pursue excellence.

Excellence in Teamwork (Team, House, Professional Learning Community (PLC), Department)
Any team is eligible for this award. School (e.g. math), CAO (e.g. Teaching and Learning) department, office team, teaching team, support team (e.g. School Food Service), or 2016-17 committee or task force. Excellence in teamwork represents the ability to work collaboratively and positively impact students, staff and the organizational culture. Team members inspire their peers through their commitment to a common purpose and collective goal.

Excellence in Substitute Teaching (Substitute Teaching)
This individual sets high expectations for students, regardless of the circumstance. He/She is creative, engaging, dependable, and motivated to insure that every day of school is an opportunity for students to learn and grow.

Excellence in Teaching Support (Teaching Assts)
Often working behind the scenes, this individual supports the needs of all students and builds students’ skills and knowledge with care and support. He/She is a strong communicator, is passionate about his/her work and takes pride in the progress made by his/her students.

Excellence in Service and Support (Support, Service Positions)
This individual is a model for servicing students, staff, families or the greater Elmbrook community. He/She builds strong relationships, is deeply knowledgeable in his/her work and the District, communicates effectively, and inspires others through his/her commitment to service and professionalism.

Excellence in Leadership
This Administrator, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Coordinator, Psychologist, School Counselor or Social Worker is a visionary leader that inspires others to pursue excellence. He/She is a strong communicator, builds capacity in others, and works with integrity and professionalism while creating opportunity and pathways for all students.

Excellence in Volunteering
This volunteer works selflessly to positively impact the Elmbrook Schools community. He/She has committed over 50 hours in service this school year, demonstrates initiative, and inspires others through his/her commitment and dedication in support of education.

Excellence in a Community Partnership
This partner has demonstrated significant commitment to one or more of our schools or our school district. The partner’s support may include some or all of the following; contributions of time (volunteer), services, expertise, product, or monetary donations. This partner seeks new ways to meet the needs of our students, staff and schools, and has expanded its relationship with the District over time.

Excellence in Coaching or Advising
This coach or advisor leads any school-sponsored club, sport or activity at any grade level. He/She promotes strong student participation and leadership, demonstrates commitment, and contributes to a positive school climate and culture. This coach or advisor has inspired significant improvement or excellence recognized at the local, regional, state or national level.

Alumni Excellence Award
This graduate of either Brookfield Central or Brookfield East has achieved a high level of success in his/her chosen profession and/or in one’s service to the Elmbrook community. His/Her achievements over a period of time reflect the quality of one’s high school education and the character traits exemplified in our graduates.

2016 Award Recipients

Excellence in Leadership: Tanya Fredrich
Teaching Excellence by an Elementary Teacher: Kristin Davis
Teaching Excellence by a Secondary Teacher: Margaret Ordinans
Excellence by a Team: Emily High, Christie Johnson, Katie Kass
Excellence in Teaching Support: Sheryl Danielson
Excellence by a Newcomer: Candace Wittrock
Customer Service Excellence: Michelle McKenna
Excellence in Coaching: Erin Kokta
Excellence in Substitute Teaching: Kurt Leapley
Excellence in Volunteering: Patrick Griffin
Alumni Award of Excellence: Richard Rebholz
Community Partner Excellence: Eppstein Uhen Architects


View the 2017 Awards Video below


View the 2016 Awards Video below

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2017 Timeline:

  • March 10: Nomination Form Released
  • March 27: Nominations Close at Midnight
  • April 6: Nomination review team narrows candidates to 3-5 per category for selection committee consideration
  • April 26: Selection committee meets to determine the Golden Apple Recipient in each of the categories. Results remain confidential until the May 22 event.
  • April 28: Finalists announced for each category, stakeholders prompted to predict the Golden Apple Recipients, with prizes for those who select the most correct recipients.
  • May 22: Awards presented at the Red Carpet Gala for all categories