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The 4th Annual, Elmbrook Schools Engaged in Excellence awards were presented on Monday, May 6 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center. Staff members, students, families, and alumni, were eligible to nominate candidates for any of the 14 categories. All nominees are recognized and honored throughout the selection process.

Please direct any questions to pr@elmbrookschools.org.

Congratulations to the 2019 Golden Apple recipients!

Alumni Excellence: Deanna Singh (Brookfield East Class of 1997), Tyler Galganski & Dave Hibler (Brookfield Central Class of 2003)
Excellence in Coaching or Advising: DJ Richlen (Advisor, Chess Club; Brookfield East)
Excellence in a Community Partnership: Elm Grove Kiwanis, Milliman
Excellence in Leadership: Ben Westphal (Associate Principal, Brookfield East)
Excellence in Service & Support - Individual: Christy Schmid (Executive Assistant for Teaching & Learning, Central Office)
Excellence in Service & Support - Team: Jen Beug-Hoffman & Karen Krzyzak (Swanson Elementary Front Office)
Excellence in Student Services: Jennie Katrichis (Psychologist, Brookfield Central)
Excellence in Substitute Teaching: Trudie Miller (Wisconsin Hills)
Excellence in Teaching - Elementary: Dave Peterson (Fifth Grade Burleigh Elementary)
Excellence in Teaching - Middle School: Tom Freesmeier (Social Studies, Pilgrim Park)
Excellence in Teaching - High School: Patrick Coffey (Social Studies, Brookfield East)
Excellence in Teaching - New Educator: Hannah Ziesemer (First Grade, Brookfield Elementary)
Excellence in Teaching Support: Sue Robles (Kindergarten Assistant, Tonawanda Elementary)
Excellence in Volunteering: Joe & Stacy Coffey (Tonawanda Elementary)

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2019 Engaged in Excellence Awards Timeline

  • February 19: Nomination Form Released
  • March 11: Nominations Close at 11:59pm
  • April 1: Nomination letters sent out and Finalists announced
  • April 11: Category finalists released on District website, Registration opens for Red Carpet Gala
  • May 6: Red Carpet Gala with Awards presented in 14 categories


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