Engaged in Excellence Awards

2017 Engaged in Excellence awards winners

The 3rd Annual, Elmbrook Schools Engaged in Excellence awards were presented on Monday, May 7 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center. Staff members, students, families, and alumni, are eligible to nominate candidates for any of the 14 categories. All nominees will be recognized and honored throughout the selection process.

Thank you to those that attended this year's show.

Please direct any questions to pr@elmbrookschools.org.

All 2018 Golden Apple category winners are listed on the right!

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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 Student Services

This Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher, or Vision-Impaired Teacher displays excellence in his/her work by meeting the needs of all students and their families, as well as developing the skills, knowledge and dispositions of staff.

Excellence in Teamwork (Support Team, Teaching Team, Office Team, Department
Any team is eligible for this award. School department (e.g. math), CAO department (e.g. Teaching and Learning), office team, teaching team, support team (e.g. School Food Service). 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, or Coordinator 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 category is picked based on alumni profiled in our Alumni Spotlight series over the past year. To recommend someone for an alumni spotlight, click here.

Previous Award Recipients

2016

  • 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

2017

  • Excellence in Leadership: Kay Benning
  • Teaching Excellence by an Elementary Teacher: Laura Schubert
  • Teaching Excellence by a Middle School Teacher: Cecelia Carse
  • Teaching Excellence by a Secondary Teacher: Mike Mohammad
  • Excellence by a Team: Project STRIVE
  • Excellence in Teaching Support: Kristy Harder
  • Excellence by a Newcomer: Jena Berg
  • Customer Service Excellence: Cheryl Waffenschmidt
  • Excellence in Coaching: Huel Sanders
  • Excellence in Substitute Teaching: Cindy Flynn
  • Excellence in Volunteering: Wendy Penney
  • Alumni Award of Excellence: Patty Metropulos (BC '84), David Richter (BE '87)
  • Community Partner Excellence: Boswell Book Company

2018

  • Alumni Excellence: Angela Graf (Brookfield Central Class of 1990) and Evelyn Werking (Brookfield East Class of 2011)
  • Excellence in Coaching or Advising: Ronn Blaha
  • Excellence in a Community Partnership: United Heartland
  • Excellence in Leadership: Kristin Olson
  • Excellence in Service & Support: Eric Hagen
  • Excellence in Student Services: Karen Kaltenbrun
  • Excellence in Substitute Teaching: Mitch Weber
  • Excellence in Teamwork: Brookfield Central Food Service Team (Kathy Brezgel, Jongdee Bounyong, Roberta Chaney, Mary Golab, Shelby Leighton, Connie Miskowski, Tonia Parkinson, Peggy Reinders, Diane Seymour & Angela Vetta)
  • Excellence in Teaching - Elementary: Kayla Moffatt
  • Excellence in Teaching - Middle School: Jennifer VanAcker
  • Excellence in Teaching - High School: Kari Doepke
  • Excellence in Teaching - New Educator: Alecia Krutz
  • Excellence in Teaching Support: Meredith Wafle
  • Excellence in Volunteering: Spencer Mayhew


View the 2017 Awards Video below

2018 Golden Apple Recipients

  • Alumni Excellence: Angela Graf (Brookfield Central Class of 1990) and Evelyn Werking (Brookfield East Class of 2011)
  • Excellence in Coaching or Advising: Ronn Blaha (Advisor, Key Club; Brookfield Central)
  • Excellence in a Community Partnership: United Heartland
  • Excellence in Leadership: Kristin Olson (Principal, Tonawanda Elementary)
  • Excellence in Service & Support: Eric Hagen (Communications Assistant, Central Office)
  • Excellence in Student Services: Karen Kaltenbrun (Physical Therapist, Fairview South)
  • Excellence in Substitute Teaching: Mitch Weber (Brookfield East)
  • Excellence in Teamwork: Brookfield Central Food Service Team (Kathy Brezgel, Jongdee Bounyong, Roberta Chaney, Mary Golab, Shelby Leighton, Connie Miskowski, Tonia Parkinson, Peggy Reinders, Diane Seymour & Angela Vetta)
  • Excellence in Teaching - Elementary: Kayla Moffatt (Special Education, Burleigh Elementary)
  • Excellence in Teaching - Middle School: Jennifer VanAcker (Mathematics, Pilgrim Park)
  • Excellence in Teaching - High School: Kari Doepke (Choir, Brookfield East)
  • Excellence in Teaching - New Educator: Alecia Krutz (Third Grade, Dixon Elementary)
  • Excellence in Teaching Support: Meredith Wafle (Kindergarten Assistant, Swanson Elementary)
  • Excellence in Volunteering: Spencer Mayhew (Tonawanda Elementary)

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2018 Timeline:

  • February 21: Nomination Form Released
  • March 11: Nominations Close at Midnight
  • March 13: Nomination Review Team narrows candidates to 3-5 per category for selection committee consideration
  • April 12: Selection committee meets to determine the Golden Apple Recipient in each of the categories. Results remain confidential until the May 7 event.
  • April 20: Finalists announced for each category, stakeholders prompted to predict the Golden Apple Recipients, with prizes for those who select the most correct recipients.
  • May 7: Awards presented at the Red Carpet Gala for all categories