For twenty three years, the Greater Green Bay Chamber has been recognizing northeast Wisconsin teachers for their excellence in teaching. As a participant in this effort to acknowledge the superior performance of our teachers, Smet’s Karen Klevesahl and Paul Belschner recently went to the Keller School on Green Bay’s west side to visit classrooms and kickoff the Golden Apple awards.
Both Klevesahl and Belschner are Keller alums, and Klevesahl said “It was a great feeling, very gratifying to reach out to the students. It brought back many good memories of my days there,” Paul added “It is a good way to give thanks and give back to the school and community; too often we forget to do that.”
The Golden Apple awards are open to all schools in northeast Wisconsin. The process is kicked off with chamber members visiting schools and encouraging students and teachers to select and nominate those teachers they believe to be performing at a high level. Schools have until December 18 to nominate their candidates. Then the nominations are reviewed and graded based on a series of anonymous applications and personal interviews. Selection criteria come from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Teachers are graded on their commitment to student learning, an assessment of the tools they use in the classroom to advance student progress, and efforts to stimulate learning.
After a three month review, in April 2016, seven finalists are awarded golden apples and honored at a special recognition dinner sponsored by chamber members. As a participant in this program, Smet Construction Services has lent its hand to participate in honoring area teachers. We believe area educators shape the future of our community by developing strong students who become good citizens and excellent leaders. And as Paul Belschner said, this is another good way to give back to the community.
For more information:
Greg Polacheck, Director of Market Development