Swallow Teacher Earns Kohl Fellowship Award

Swallow Teacher Earns Kohl Fellowship Award
Posted on 03/30/2017
Mrs. Nelson

Swallow Teacher Earns Kohl Fellowship Award

Mrs. Gretchen Nelson has been awarded a Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship Award. Nelson is in her 14th year teaching at Swallow School. She is one of 100 teachers around the state to be chosen for this honor. Fellowship recipients are educators who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.

Mrs. Nelson was nominated for this award last fall and then selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders, representatives of education-related associations and the program’s co-sponsors: The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS), and regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA).

“We are thrilled to have Gretchen recognized for her consistent and sincere focus on connecting with her students so she can best help them learn.  These relationships allow for a warm classroom environment where students feel safe and excited to flourish academically,”  said Superintendent Melissa Thompson.   

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship Award program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist and businessman, in January, 1990. Fellowships in the amount of $3,000 are awarded each year to one hundred Wisconsin teachers along with a matching $3,000 grant for the fellow’s school.

Nelson, along with other regional winners, has been invited to be recognized at a luncheon at Greendale High School, 6801 Southway, Greendale, on Saturday, April 8.

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