Local teachers, students to receive Kohl Foundation awards
By Kris Leonhardt
MARSHFIELD — Seven area teachers and students will be acknowledged through the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Award Program. The Educator Effectiveness Team, the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, and the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation administer the program and announced this year’s honorees March 15.
Fellowships in the amount of $3,000 are awarded to 100 Wisconsin teachers, and their schools receive an additional $3,000 grant. These individuals were chosen for their ability to inspire “a love of learning,” motivate others, and provide leadership inside and outside of the classroom.
Local teacher fellowships will be awarded to Mandy Nikolai Volkman, Marshfield Columbus Catholic High School; Katie Haas, Edgar Middle School; Travis Engel, Owen-Withee High School; and Denise Swartz, Owen-Withee Elementary.
Winning teachers automatically become candidates for Wisconsin Teacher of the Year. A state selection committee will choose four Teachers of the Year using Kohl Fellowship applications.
The foundation also announced its 207 student scholarship recipients. Student Excellence recipients were chosen for academic potential, outstanding leadership, citizenship, community service, integrity, and special talents. Student Initiative recipients were chosen for their motivation to achieve while overcoming significant personal obstacles. Scholarships to all recipients will be in the amount of $5,000.
Josiah Goerlitz, Owen-Withee High School, will receive an Excellence scholarship, and Initiative scholarships recipients will include Kennedy Breit, Stratford High School, and Haven Tennant, Granton High School.
All winners will be honored at five regional banquets in April, which will be held in Greendale, Green Bay, Waupun, Middleton, and Eau Claire.