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School of Education puts spotlight on its invaluable Partners in Education

April 20, 2018

The School of Education hosted its ​annual Partners in Education Banquet and Recognition Program on Thursday night, with this year's celebration taking place at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

The event is a special thank you to the many PK-12 school professionals who open their classrooms to provide field experiences for UW-Madison student teachers and practicum students. 

Chris Gleason, an instrumental music educator at Sun Prairie’s Patrick Marsh Middle School and the 2017 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year, delivered the keynote presentation. Field experiences coordinator Nancy Kuehn and Kimber Wilkerson, the director of teacher education, thanked the School’s many partners.

During the program, Associate Dean for Student Services Jeff Hamm presented the School's annual Rockwell Awards for Cooperating Personnel in recognition of excellent teachers who have chosen to pass on their expertise by providing professional experiences for UW-Madison student teachers. Similarly, Hamm introduced the Teacher Education Alumni Award winners in recognition of School of Education alumni for their outstanding skills and commitment to their local educational communities.

Hamm was also recognized for his distinguished service with the School and as director of field experiences.

Congratulations to the 2018 award recipients!

ROCKWELL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING COOPERATING TEACHERS

• Cathy Gilmore-Nelson | Schenk Elementary, Madison Metropolitan School District
• Brenda Hemenway | East Side Elementary, Sun Prairie School District
• Steven Kurr | Middleton High School, Middleton Cross Plains Area School District
• Leah Nelson | Huegel Elementary, Madison Metropolitan School District

LOIS GADD NEMEC ELEMENTARY EDUCATION ALUMNI AWARD

• Elizabeth Hawker | Sennett Middle School, Madison Metropolitan School District

ROBERT & CARROLL HEIDEMAN SECONDARY EDUCATION ALUMNI AWARD

• Joseph Spolar | Middleton High School, Middleton Cross Plains Area School District

2018 Partners in Education award winners

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