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Wauwatosa teachers and students selected as 2020 Herb Kohl Foundation award recipients

February 21, 2020


2020 kohl award teacher fellows


Three Wauwatosa School District educators have been selected as recipients for the 2020 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Awards for their leadership and excellence in their craft.


The selected teachers are among 100 recipients of the Kohl 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:


  • Jenny Di Meo, Washington Elementary School
  • Nicole Nowicki, Longfellow Middle School
  • William (Will) Ulrich, Wilson Elementary School

“It is always rewarding to see our staff recognized by the Kohl Foundation for the level of excellence our teachers 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.  


Each Teacher Fellow 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 May 9.


Additionally, students Augustina Piel and Katherine Randall, both of Wauwatosa East High School, have been named 2020 Student Excellence Scholars. Excellence Scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond.


Excellence Scholarship, Fellowship and Leadership Award recipients are selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders, and 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), the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, and the Wisconsin Parents Association.


The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist, and businessman, in 1990.                            


Currently in its 30th year of recognizing educational excellence, the foundation has awarded $20.9 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.