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Engaged in Excellence Awards

The 7th Annual Engaged in Excellence Awards were held on Monday, May 2 at 6pm! 

This annual event is an opportunity to recognize staff and community excellence across our district, and celebrate our retirees. Awards will be presented to recognize Elmbrook staff, alumni and community partners. The event will be held at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center and live-streamed simultaneously to the Elmbrook Schools YouTube channel.

Please direct any questions to pr@elmbrookschools.org.

Nominations were accepted through Sunday, February 27 at 11:59pm. All nominees have been recognized and honored throughout the selection process.


February 14: Nomination Window Opens
February 28: Nominations Close
March: Selection Committee Meets to Determine Finalists
April 4: Finalists Announced Via YouTube Livestream
May 2: Engaged in Excellence Awards Show!


Click to the years below to view highlights from previous shows:

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2022 Golden Apple Recipients


Excellence in Teaching - Elementary

Angela Graf (2nd Grade, Burleigh Elementary)


Excellence in Teaching - Middle School

Amanda Patino (Music, Wisconsin Hills)


Excellence in Teaching - High School

Melissa Graesser (Special Education, Brookfield East)


Excellence in Teaching - New Educator

Carolyn Kusel (Occupational Therapist, Swanson Elementary)


Excellence in Transportation

Brian Brown, Tonawanda Elementary (Route 35)


Excellence in Student Services

Jason Lippold (School Counselor, Brookfield East High School)


Excellence in Service & Support

Christy Westfall (Assistant to Superintendent, District Office)

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Excellence in Teamwork

4K Team (Emily Koscielniak, Laurie Benz, Alison Ziebell, & Rebecca Wrobbel; Brookfield Elementary)


Excellence in Leadership

Carolyn Hahn (Associate Principal, Brookfield Central High School)


Excellence in Teaching Support

Sherri Bergren (Learning Support, Dixon Elementary)


Excellence in Coaching or Advising

Linda Lied (Tennis Coach, Brookfield East High School)


Excellence in Substitute Teaching

Paul Jefferies (Pilgrim Park Middle School)


Excellence in Volunteering

Amy DiPiazza (Brookfield Central High School)

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Alumni Excellence Award

Damian Buchman (Brookfield East Class of 1997) & Tom Vento (Brookfield Central Class of 1986)


Excellence in a Community Partnership

Everside Health

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Golden Sub Award for Going Above & Beyond

Janelle Huber (Substitute Teaching),
Dan Scott (Substitute Teaching),
Cheryl Waffenschmidt (Bus Driving)