Alumni Spotlight: Carol Chetney

Carol Chetney

Brookfield East Class of 1970

1970 Brookfield East alumna, Carol Chetney, has given back to her alma mater with over 45 years of service!

Carol came to Brookfield East her Freshman year after transferring in from St. Mary's Visitation School in Elm Grove. During her high school career, she was actively involved in a number of activities including Synchronized Swimming and Future Business Leaders of America. "My Elmbrook education allowed me to excel in so many areas, academic and beyond, and I am so grateful for all the opportunities that it has opened up for me through the years," said Chetney.

Following her 1970 graduation, Carol attended Prospect Business College in pursuit of her degree as a Legal Secretary. "I was able to complete my two-year associate program in one year, thanks to my Elmbrook education and the number of credits I was able to earn during my time there," she reflected. In August of 1971, Carol received her Associate Degree and returned to Elmbrook Schools as the Administrative Assistant of Fairview South, combining her studies and her passion for special education.

In 1990, she received recognition for her work with an Outstanding Employee Award based on a nomination from her colleagues at Fairview South. The next year, Chetney transferred from her position at Fairview South to the role of Executive Assistant to the Superintendent. In her new position, she was responsible for organizing district events, to documenting board meetings, and countless other tasks. "After 44 years working for the district, I can honestly say that there was something different every day at work," said Chetney. "I loved my job and being able to help all of the students and staff at Elmbrook meant the world to me."

In 2015, after 44 years of service to the community, Carol retired from Elmbrook Schools and also became the recipient of a Golden Apple Award recognizing her commitment to the staff and students of Elmbrook. Today, she acts as the Secretary for the Elmbrook Education Foundation and still contributes much of her time to helping the district in their pursuit of excellence.

Throughout September, the district will be featuring alumni stories of individuals who have given back to the district with their service and commitment.

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