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Five WSD Educators Selected for 2019 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Awards



photos of the 2019 herb kohl teaching fellows

Five Wauwatosa School District educators have been selected as recipients for the 2019 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Awards for their leadership and excellence in their craft.


Four Wauwatosa School District teachers are among the 100 recipients of the Teacher Fellowship, which is awarded to educators who have a “superior ability to inspire a love of learning, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership skills both in and out of the classroom.”  They include:


  • Katharine Petitt, McKinley Elementary School
  • Michael Walhovd, Wauwatosa East High School
  • Jean Biebel, Wauwatosa East High School
  • Jennifer Kannass, Washington Elementary School


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Additionally, Lincoln Elementary School Principal Michelle Miner has been selected as one of 16 principals from across the state for the Principal Leadership Award, which recognizes principals who "set high standards for instruction, achievement, and character, and create a climate to best serve students, families, staff, and the community."


“It is always rewarding to see our top-notch staff recognized for the level of excellence they bring to serving our families and community. The individuals recognized with these awards are representative of the great work that goes on every day throughout the Wauwatosa School District as we strive together to ensure students are college and career ready,” said Superintendent Phil Ertl.  


Award recipients are selected via a nomination process. Students, teachers, parents, community members, and district administrators are all able to nominate a teacher or principal for the awards. Each recipient will receive $6,000 from the Herb Kohl Foundation, and another $6,000 for their school. They will be recognized during an Awards Luncheon on April 13.


The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist and businessman, in 1990. To date, the foundation has awarded $17.8 million to Wisconsin educators, principals, students, and schools. “Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students, teachers, and principals and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future,” Kohl said.


Learn more about the foundation here.