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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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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 - New Educator (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 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 - Individual (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 Service and Support - Team (Support, Service Teams)
Any support team is eligible for this award for its impact servicing students, staff, and families of the Elmbrook community. 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 towards a common purpose and collective goal.

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
These graduates (one for Brookfield Central and one for Brookfield East) have achieved a high level of success in their chosen professions and/or in their service to the community. Their achievements over a period of time reflect the quality of their high school education.

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
  • Excellence in Service & Support: 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 (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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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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