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Music Teacher Will Ulrich Receives Herb Kohl 2020 Wisconsin Teacher Fellowship Award

Wauwatosa educator and music instructor William (Will) Ulrich is one of 100 individuals selected to receive the Herb Kohl 2020 Wisconsin Teacher Fellowship Award.  


The Kohl Teacher Fellowship Award winners are chosen for their “superior ability to inspire a love of learning, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership skills both in and out of the classroom.” Each award recipient will receive a $6,000 award, and a matching $6,000 will be given to each teacher’s school. 


“Mr. Ulrich’s Fellowship Award is a testament to his work ethic, dedication, and commitment to making a difference in the lives of students,” said Superintendent Dr. Phil Ertl. “This recognition is also representative of the great work that takes place within our buildings - every day - as we equip and inspire all of our students for their future.” 


Ulrich served as the general music instructor at Wilson/WSTEM Elementary School, as well as Wauwatosa East and West High Schools. He currently provides music instruction to students at Longfellow and Whitman Middle Schools.


“One of the most exciting aspects of Mr. Ulrich’s teaching philosophy is that he is extremely motivated to get the students to utilize a variety of musical instruments - even the ukelele,” stated Mike Heun, principal at Wilson/WSTEM Elementary School. “Mr. Ulrich has been a great example for our students. He’s a lifelong learner and he went above and beyond for our kids during virtual instruction at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.”


Nick Hughes, principal at Wauwatosa East High School also stated, “Will Ulrich has the gift of developing the love of music in his students through his enthusiasm and supportive approach to exploring individual talents and projects.  As a staff member, he is willing to share with colleagues and learn from others to help himself and others grow as music educators.  The teaching and performance of music permeates in every part of his life.”


Fellowship 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.