The Second Annual Engaged in Excellence Awards Red Carpet Gala took place Monday, May 22 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center! In addition to honoring retirees and staff achieving years of service milestones, over 55 teams and individuals were celebrated as finalists in 13 award different award categories. All award presenters were winners in their own right throughout the 2016-17 school year, from Wisconsin Mathematics League and State Swimming Champions to Herb Kohl Award recipients, a Presidential Scholar and more!
Hosted by Elmbrook's Chief Information Officer, Chris Thompson, the show parodied the Academy Awards- echoing the popular quips, follies and skits, and even featuring a live opening number with Elmbrook's Senior Leadership team and students from the Brookfield East choir! The gala was sponsored by the Elmbrook Education Foundation, GO Riteway, Baird, Associated Bank, Gordon Flesch, and Buelow Vetter.
Elmbrook Schools is grateful to all finalists, student presenters, sponsors, and the 500 attendees for their commitment to excellence in our community.
Congratulations to this year's award recipients, listed below:
Excellence in Coaching or Advising: Huel Sanders (Head Wrestling, Assistant Track, and Assistant Cross Country Coach; Wisconsin Hills)
Excellence in Teamwork: Project STRIVE (Sara Murdoch, Bob Alcorta, Helen Stangel, Dawn Janowski), Brookfield Central/East
Excellence in a Community Partnership: Boswell Book Company
Excellence in Teaching - High School: Mike Mohammad (Science, Brookfield Central)
Excellence in Substitute Teaching: Cindy Flynn (Brookfield Central)
Excellence in Service & Support: Cheryl Waffenschmidt (Assistant to the Athletics and Activities Director, Brookfield East)
Excellence in Teaching Support: Kristy Harder, Special Education Teaching Assistant, Fairview South
Excellence in Teaching - Elementary: Laura Schubert, Kindergarten, Swanson Elementary
Excellence in Volunteering: Wendy Penney (Dixon Elementary)
Alumni Excellence: Patty Metropulos (Brookfield Central Class of 1984) and David Richter (Brookfield East Class of 1987)
Excellence in Teaching - New Educator: Jena Berg (Speech & Language Pathologist, Burleigh Elementary)
Excellence in Leadership: Kay Benning (District Library Coordinator, Central Office)
Excellence in Teaching - Middle School: Cecelia Carse (Special Education, Wisconsin Hills)
See the Golden Apple recipients below: