2019 Caught in the Act Awards - Wausau School Foundation

2019 Caught in the Act Awards

 

The Wausau School Foundation
annually acknowledges outstanding Wausau School District Staff for 
"going above and beyond" for children, school and community - 
The Caught in the Act Award!
Nominations are submitted by colleagues, administration, students, parents or community
embers. Nominations provide testimonies of dedication, compassion and a commitment
to children in all areas of our public schools.

Area businesses join us with sponsor contributions that celebrate
professional recognition. These sponsors made it possible for each recipient to
receive a monetary award with their certificates.

Presenting Sponsors
Wausau Breakfast Optimists     CoVantage Credit Union

JIM NICK - American Family ~ Behavioral Health Clinic ~ Bremer & Trollop Law Offices

The 2019 award recipients were recognized at their schools on May 22-23, 2019.

Recognizing Excellence for going "above and beyond"
for students, school and community.
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2019 CAUGHT IN THE ACT AWARD RECIPIENTS:

 

Insert picture hereHALLE VEENSTRA
LINCOLN ELEMENTARY
EL K-5 TEACHER

Halle uses her prep time to provide extra tutoring and help her students, she never complains of the extra workload and always has a smile on her face.  Halle offers after school classes for cross country skiing and swimming. She works with the guidance counselor to help students with transportation and funding for everyday needs.  Halle is a driving force with the Wausau Community’s Cycling without Age program. 
Pic: Halle Veenstra with her class, Principal Colleen Jepson,
Jason Peters-Wausau Breakfast Optimist, Melissa Matteson - WSF

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HEATHER SIPPEL - HORACE MANN MIDDLE SCHOOL
8TH GR MATH TEACHER

Heather teaches responsibility, appropriate conduct and manners in a fun, exciting way.  She stocks a cabinet in her room with clothes, shoes and accessories for students. She has given out running shoes for track, a shirt for interview day, toothbrushes to a family of ten and more! Heather is a teacher full of energy, enthusiasm and has a positive, caring attitude.  She will be a teacher that students remember.  Pic: Principal Rob Phelps with a student, Heather Sippel and Amy Reif - WSF.

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HEIDI MERKEL - FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY 
K-5 SCIENCE AND MATH TEACHER


Students can’t wait to get to Heidi’s class where they are greeted by a pet snake and bearded dragon to help ‘capture’ their attention and engage in learning.  Heidi’s fun, positive attitude is what makes her a great ‘Frankie Falcon’, the school mascot, where she volunteers at events. She is also a mentor and role model for new teachers and encourages everyone to do better! 
Pic: Principal Elizabeth White, Heidi Merkel, Amy Reif and Lisa Maahs - WSF

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JAN SLAMINSKI -  WAUSAU WEST HIGH SCHOOL
9-12 PARA AND OFFICE STAFF


Jan is a “mother to all”, she consistently demonstrates concern and well-being for those around and goes above and beyond every day for students, parents, teachers and all staff members.  She has spearheaded fundraising efforts to help colleagues, coordinates substitute teachers
with ease and has a humble nature and willingness to help others.  “If you can help someone out, why wouldn’t you?” Jan.
Pic: Jan Slaminski with Jerry Reinardy and office staff.

 

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CLAIRE HEINDEL and KARI DREWEK 
JOHN MUIR MIDDLE SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION
HOT BREW BUSINESS

What started as an independent learner classroom activity to practice functional and daily living skills blossomed into daily visits to classrooms and offices. Kari and Claire manage Highlander Hot Brews, but it is the students checking orders, making beverages, delivering orders, collecting payment, practicing customer service skills and counting the proceeds.

Pic: Principal Larry Mancl, Ann Viegut JMMS teacher and WSF rep, Kari Drewek and Claire Heindel, along with Jason Peters - WBO one of our presenting sponsors!.

 



JESUS ACEVES
WAUSAU WEST HIGH SCHOOL - CUSTODIAN


Jesus is a tireless worker who always has a smile on his face and shows concern for both students and staff alike! You will see him staying late on a Friday night after a game and back again Saturday morning for an all-day shift doing as much as he can to make WEST its BEST!
Pic: Jesus Aceves with staff members


JONAH PLACHETKA
THOMAS JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY - CUSTODIAN


Jonah is not only the head custodian he is extremely artistically talented!  Outside of his normal duties Jonah took it upon himself to create a plywood cutout of Thomas the Turtle. This allows the image to be relocated if needed, as well as removed and repainted, it preserves the color of the wall behind it, saving time and materials in the future.  “Jonah exemplifies the type of commitment, attitude and forethought we encourage in all our employees, in addition to the well-being of the student population he serves.” Larry Cihlar
Pic on right: Jonah with Thomas the Turtle cutout.


JANET BENNET THOMAS JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY - 3rd GRADE TEACHER

Janet started a sewing program and sewing class for students. She taught the children how to sew, which is no easy task. They sewed and created outfits for school plays and events. The students adore her and appreciate her dedication, patience, time and energy.  Pic:Larry Cihlar WSD Director of building and grounds, Jonah Plachetka, Janet Bennet and Principal Brent Johnson.



KELLY MEEKS
STETTIN ELEMENTARY
K TEACHER


Kelly assisted in the academic development of every elementary school student by becoming a member of the Math Leadership Team. She researched and selected new math curriculum and spent countless hours observing classrooms and meeting with teams, including being a teacher mentor, helping when staff is short and providing daily snacks to students in need.
Pic: Matthew Schilling, Mary Steffen, Jason Peters - Wausau Breakfast Optimist, Kelly Meeks, Melissa Matteson WSF and Principal Kelly Halverson 

 

 

KERRY EUTING
JOHN MARSHALL ELEMENTARY
3rd GR TEACHER


Once a month Kerry leads the 3rd graders to North Central Health Care to visit with ‘GrandFriends’ and participate in activities with the residents. Recently one of Kerry’s students was admitted into Children’s Hospital - Kerry visited and set her up with an Ipad to virtually connect to the classroom and continue working towards her goals.



Pic: Kerry Euting with Kirsten Hornby and her daughter (via video) and Paula Clark, WSF

 

 



MISSY CAYLEY - WAUSAU EAST HIGH SCHOOL - 9-12 COUNSELOR

Missy is a counselor who wants her students to know that there is a community that cares about them and wants them to have a chance to learn and succeed.  Recently she has helped students get glasses, clothing, housing,
a hot shower, bus passes, work permits, delivered food to families in need and paid for team sports - often times out of her own pocket.
Pic: Lisa Maahs - WSF, Missy Cayley and Amy Reif - WSF

 

 





LISA SCHILLINGER
HORACE MANN MIDDLE SCHOOL  - FOOD SERVICE


Lisa went out of her way to make a student feel valued, feel that he matters and to let him know that he is “seen”, not just a number.  A student had wanted to try a special breakfast treat that is sometimes available but it was always out, the student was called down to food services one day to find that Lisa had saved him a breakfast packet. “This made his entire week! The fact that Mrs. Schillinger would go out of her way to remember that he had wanted to try this food and care enough to take time out of her busy schedule amazes me.” HMMS parent.
Pic: Principal Rob Phelps, Asst Principal Tami Cummings, Lisa Schillinger, Amy Reif - WSF, Asst Principal Angela Rodgers and Paula Clark - WSF. 
 


 

KIM OLSON
WAUSAU EAST HIGH SCHOOL 
SPECIAL EDUCATION 9-12 GRADE


Kim is a paraprofessional who treats students with compassion, respect, and a positive attitude, her connection with the kids helps them learn, complete work, and move towards graduation.  She creates a loving, productive learning environment in one of the toughest areas in the building. Kim will bring food to students, cook a meal for the class, observe for IEPS, update the homework board, assist the teacher and help organize the annual turkey drive and most importantly never give up.
Pic: Lisa Maahs - WSF, Kim Olson, with Special Ed Teacher Rob Hughes, and Amy Reif - WSF.

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JESSICA WENZEL
WAUSAU EAST HIGH SCHOOL
SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

Jessica is not only a substitute teacher she fills in with musical theater productions and volunteers in the community.  Recently when a child was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Jessica did not hesitate to jump in to prepare and serve the students at the district solo and ensemble.  She had to prepare the judge copies, organize the permissions, learn the music, conduct the performances and deal with the many students and parents in need of assistance. The students respect her and appreciate her efforts towards their learning.
Pic: Jessica Wenzel with Principal Brad Peck, Amy Reif and Paula Clark - WSF.

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ANDY REICHE - JOHN MARSHALL ELEMENTARY
3rd GR TEACHER


Andy took the time to communicate with parents and recommend books for a student that was a reluctant reader and continued to encourage, motivate and work with him through the year and spend the summer in a reading competition with the student.
Pic: Lisa Maahs - WSF, Andy Reiche, Principal Amanda Patterson, Amy Reif - WSF

 

 

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APRIL SACKMANN - MAINE ELEMENTARY
PARAPROFESSIONAL, SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER


April has become famous at Maine as the building photographer.  She takes hundreds of pictures: Crazy Sock Day, Great Apple Crunch Day, Crazy Hair Day, Track meets: the list goes on. April than gets them developed, creates slideshows and displays many throughout the building celebrating special events! She has a great sense of humor and a sharp eye for great photos!
Pic: Principal Marie Northup, April Sackmann, Amy Reif and Paula Clark - WSF.

 

 

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DARRELL ALDRICH
HORACE MANN MIDDLE SCHOOL CUSTODIAN


Darrell takes the initiative to make things better for everyone keeping rooms structured and creating and maintaining a safe, clean environment for staff and students.  Each day Darrell makes an effort to connect with staff and make an impact, he takes great pride in his work. “Because Darrell does such a good job, the teachers are able to do a better job as well.” anonymous.

Pic:Assistant Principal Angela Rodgers, WSF Director Paula Clark, Principal Rob Phelps, Darrell Aldrich and Amy Reif - WSF

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