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School honors educators who help prepare next generation of teachers

May 05, 2017

UW-Madison's School of Education hosted its annual Partners in Education Banquet and Recognition Program Thursday night to celebrate and thank the many dedicated K-12 professionals who open their classrooms to School of Education students.

2017 Award winnersThis year’s program at the Pyle Center’s Alumni Lounge began with a dinner and welcome from Nancy Kuehn, the School’s Field Experience Coordinator, before Dean Diana Hess and Professor Carl Grant shared remarks.

The Awards Ceremony, led by Associate Dean for Student Services Jeff Hamm, then began with the School recognizing winners of this year’s Rockwell Award for Outstanding Cooperating Teachers. Ruth and Roland Rockwell established a fund in 1994 to annually honor four outstanding School of Education cooperating teachers.

The Rockwell Awards recognize these professionals for their dedication to student teachers and for their ability to create an environment that promotes learning.


Elizabeth Mackman | Olson Elementary, Madison Metropolitan School District
Hope Mikkelson | Verona Area High School, Verona Area School District
Cathy Perry | Emerson Elementary, Madison Metropolitan School District
Abigail Swetz | O'Keeffe Middle School, Madison Metropolitan School District

The School then honored its Lois Gadd Nemec Elementary Education Alumni Award winner. Lois Gadd Nemec served as an associate professor of elementary education at UW-Madison from 1945-54. This award, made possible by a gift from the Nemec family, is given to a graduate of the School’s elementary education program who has distinguished him or herself as a classroom teacher, university professor or educational administrator. 


Elizabeth Pike | Dallas Center-Grimes Meadows 8/9, Dallas Center-Grimes School District (Grimes, Iowa)

Pike however, was unable to attend the event.

The recognition program wrapped up by recognizing the Robert & Carroll Heideman Secondary Education Alumni Award winner. The Heidemans established this award in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions of outstanding educators and administrators who are graduates of the School’s secondary education program. Carroll, who attended Thursday night’s reception, taught in Madison elementary schools for more than 25 years. Robert joined the School’s Office of Educational Placement and Career Services in 1960 as assistant director and was named director in 1967, a position he held until his retirement in 1987. After retiring, the Heidemans devoted their time to philanthropy and volunteering.


Cynthia Carter | Stoughton High School, Stoughton Area School District

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