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News & Notes: April 3

April 1, 2014

Bill Kujawa selected as Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Oak Creek — Bill Kujawa, Oak Creek resident and 1992 graduate of Cudahy High School, was named a Fellowship award recipient by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship Program.

The 2014 Herb Kohl Foundation awards were given to students and teachers. Kujawa is a mathematics teacher and department chair at Brookfield East High School.

Fellowship recipients are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. They are selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders, representatives of education-related associations and the program's co-sponsors: Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation; Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools; and regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies.

Earning this award places Kujawa in consideration for the Wisconsin Teacher of the Year. These Teachers of the Year will come to Madison to be interviewed to select Wisconsin's nominee to the National Teacher of the Year program. Kujawa will be honored with other recipients at a luncheon March 30 at Brown Deer High School.

Greendale teachers, students earn Kohl Foundation recognition

Greendale — Greendale Schools' teachers Colleen Perry and John Wilkinson were recognized by the Herb Kohl Foundation for innovation in the classroom at a luncheon at Brown Deer High School on March 30. Greendale High School Seniors Kaila Kaddatz and Emily Perszyk also received Kohl Excellence Scholarships.

Perry is a social studies teacher at Greendale Middle School and has been a well-respected leader in the Greendale School District for 10 years. In her role as a social studies department facilitator, she has worked to develop a curriculum that engages the students in American history and brings history alive through authentic experiences to allow students to think critically and make connections to their learning.

Wilkinson teaches Honors and Advanced Placement Physics at the high school and leads other science teachers as the school's science curriculum facilitator. In addition, he is the founding science teacher for the school's Freshman HOUSE program, a transitional freshmen academy for students who struggled academically in middle school.

Ayusa looks for families to host foreign exchange students

Franklin — Ayusa International, a nonprofit organizer of high school student culture exchanges and leadership programs, is looking for local families to host foreign exchange students.

Ayusa's exchange students range from 15 to 18 years old and come from more than 60 countries around the world, including Brazil, Japan, Germany, Ecuador and China. All students are fully insured, bring their own spending money and are proficient in English. Each exchange student is supported by a professionally-trained local representative from Ayusa who works closely with the family, student and local school throughout the duration of the program.

Families interested in hosting an exchange student can visit ayusa.org or call (888) 552-9872 for more information.

Franklin mayor receives honors

Franklin — Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor received honors from local, state and national officials during his last Common Council meeting as an elected official March 31.

Taylor, who is not running for re-election, received a plaque "in grateful appreciation for your steadfast support of public safety," by Franklin Police Chief Richard Oliva on behalf of the police department and a "citation of congratulations, commendation and gratitude," from Senator Mary Lazich and State Representative Ken Skowronski.

Governor Scott Walker honored Taylor with a certificate of commendation, and Congressman Paul Ryan also bestowed the mayor with a certificate of special congressional recognition.

Taylor's term officially ends April 14.

Franklin City Engineer announces retirement

Franklin — After 45 years of service to the City of Franklin, City Engineer John Bennett announced his retirement at the March 31 Common Council meeting.

Bennett was first appointed as the city engineer and director of public works in 1969. His last day serving the city will be June 6.

"I would like to thank all the present and past elected city officials and boards and commission members for whom it has been my pleasure to work with and who are extremely dedicated to putting Franklin first," Bennett said. "Without (excellent staff), the city could not operate as well as it has."

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