Two Baraboo educators are receiving recognition and funding from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation for their contributions to Wisconsin classrooms.
Gordon L. Willson Elementary School kindergarten teacher Elizabeth Gulden and Al Behrman Elementary School Principal John Blosenski will each receive awards during the Kohl Foundation’s luncheon on Sunday at Fond du Lac High School.
They stand to receive $6,000 fellowships and an additional $6,000 grant to be used by their schools for educational projects.
“This is an award that we cannot celebrate enough because it is very rare that individuals in the same school district receive the award,” said Baraboo School District Administrator Lori Mueller.
The Kohl Educational Foundation awards program was established by Herb Kohl in 1990.
To date the organization has given $14.5 million to Wisconsin educators, students and schools. The foundation awards approximately 200 scholarships, 100 teacher fellowships and 16 principal awards throughout the state each year.
The Herb Kohl Foundation Fellowship rewards teachers who have demonstrated superior ability to inspire love of learning in their students, have motivated others and have provided meritorious service both inside and outside the classroom. The Herb Kohl Leadership Award recognizes school principals who have set high standards for instruction, achievement and character, and created a climate to best serve students, families, staff and community.
Sunday’s luncheon will recognize students, educators and administrators from across the state. Seventeen teacher Fellowship recipients, 30 Excellence Scholarship recipients, 24 Initiative Scholarship recipients and three principal Leadership Award recipients will be honored.
The Baraboo School Board recognized the educators for their achievements during its Monday meeting. Gulden told board members her career goal is to serve students and the school district to the best of her abilities, and the award is an indication that she is succeeding.
“I’m going to continue forging ahead and serving Baraboo,” she said.
Blosenski said the award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of teachers, administrators and other staff members throughout the school district.
“Every day I go to work and I am amazed by what (teachers) are doing, what we’re doing as a whole, the obstacles that we face, and the excitement when we overcome them,” he said. “I am very fortunate to be here among such great people.”