Two high school teachers named Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellows

The selection committee for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship, Fellowship, and Leadership Program has announced recipients of the 2017 Herb Kohl Foundation awards for students, teachers, and principals.

Congratulations to two teachers at DeForest Area High School who were selected as 2017 Kohl Fellows – Colleen Kollasch, History Teacher, National Honor Society Co-Advisor, Leo Club Co-Advisor, and Educator Effectiveness Mentor; and Margi Wachowiak, Librarian and Advisory Teacher.

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.

The Herb Kohl Foundation awards $3,000 to 100 teachers, 16 principals, and their schools, and $5,000 scholarships are given to 207 graduating high school seniors.

Excellence Scholarship, Fellowship and Leadership Award recipients are 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), regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA), and the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.

The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist and businessman, in 1990. To date the foundation has awarded $11.5 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.

Colleen and Margi will be honored with other teachers, principals and students in the CESA 2 region at a recognition luncheon on Saturday, April 29 at Middleton High School. Herb Kohl will attend the luncheon and present awards to recipients.

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