Sue Wilson and Debbie Brewster

Wilson and Richard honored with awards at annual Chamber of Commerce gala

DASD presented two awards at the annual DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce dinner, held on December 14 at the North Star Conference Center.

Chamber-Education-Award-RichardSchool/Community Relations Coordinator, Debbie Brewster presented the Business Friend of Education award to Doug Richard, of Heartland Credit Union in DeForest.  The award is given to a business organization that has partnered with DASD schools to provide quality learning experiences for students.

According to Brewster, “since Heartland Credit Union arrived in DeForest, under Doug’s leadership, they have become involved in literally every opportunity they have been offered, including:

  • serving on our school district’s business-education partnership committee
  • adopting two elementary classrooms
  • volunteering at the high school’s annual Reality Day
  • Teaching 6-8 Junior Achievement lessons in our schools each semester
  • Hiring and mentoring high school Internship students
  • Speaking in classes whenever asked”

This is the 9th year for this award.  Past recipients include EVCO Plastics, DMB Community Bank, Bakke Chiropractic Clinic, Essential Family Vision, Settlers bank, Tony Armstrong at Midwest Professional Karate, Deb Vesling, and the DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce.


Sue Wilson and Debbie BrewsterThis year’s Friend of Business Award was presented to Sue Wilson, Director of Instruction for the DeForest Area School District.

Good leaders play an important role in moving an organization into the future. Sue has done that for DASD, leading improvements critical in preparing the next generation of students for success in the global workforce.  She has supported efforts for our staff to partner with businesses to help prepare students to be college and career ready. From shaping the vision, to facilitating new and innovative curriculum and instruction, she has had a significant, long-term impact on all student learning in our school district. According to Debbie Brewster, “Sue Wilson truly deserves this year’s Friend of Business Award for her work in supporting meaningful business and education partnerships in our community and school district.”  She shared just a few examples of why Sue was recognized this year, including:  

  • Financial literacy – Several years ago, the Business-Education Partnership Committee focused their efforts on financial literacy for students. Sue saw an opportunity through her role to expand financial literacy instruction for all students by ensuring that it was part of what is taught to every student beginning in elementary school.  
  • She ensured that the Junior Achievement program was implemented throughout elementary and middle school.
  • Our middle school and high school recently implemented Project Lead the Way (STEM) curriculum. Sue made sure that staff had the opportunity to get the training necessary to teach the program effectively.
  • For many years, Sue has supported staff in several professional development opportunities with our local business community.

Previous recipients of the Friend of Business Award include:  Dan Kvalheim, John Webster, Kari Dederich, Morrisonville Elementary School, Judi Walsh, and Gwen Boettcher.

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