Fox Cities Chamber Announces 2020 Excellence in Education Shining Star Recipients

New awards program recognizes outstanding achievements of Fox Cities educators

Published Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the outstanding recipients for the inaugural Fox Cities Excellence in Education Shining Star Awards, presented by Bergstrom Automotive. These awards acknowledge and celebrate the unparalleled contributions of educators working and shining in Fox Cities schools, colleges, universities and other educational settings.

The Chamber is committed to supporting and facilitating education and business partnerships that promote student success, workforce development, and a high quality of life for all residents learning, growing, working and living in the Fox Cities region.

Excellence in K-12 Education

Award sponsored by: U.S. Venture

This award honors a Fox Cities educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to children and families enrolled in K-12 public or private education. 

  • Mike Slowinski – Menasha High School

Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Award sponsored by: Kimberly-Clark Corporation

This award honors a Fox Cities educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to children and families in the first five years of development and learning.

  • Jenny Hollis – Fox Valley Technical College

Excellence in Student Services

This award honors a Fox Cities educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting students in and outside the classroom to enhance the educational experiences and outcomes for students in K-16 education.

  • Brian Borchardt – Neenah High School

Excellence in Higher Education

This award honors a Fox Cities educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to student success and/or the advancement of knowledge in higher education.

  • Kate Manthey – University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Excellence in Special Education

Award sponsored by: Goodwill NCW

This award honors a Fox Cities educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to serving and advocating for students with special needs in K-16 education.

  • Monica Allaback – Valley Packaging Industries

Inclusive Excellence in Education

Award sponsored by: Menasha Corporation

This award honors a Fox Cities educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to a comprehensive practice of valuing, engaging, advocating for and celebrating the rich diversity of students enrolled in K-16 education.

  • Jason Fridley – Horace Mann Middle School

Excellence in Career & Technical Education

Award sponsored by: Ariens Company

This award honors a Fox Cities educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to student success in career and technical education.

  • Cyndi Pavelski – Appleton North High School

Educator of the Year Finalists

(to be announced at the awards presentation)

Award sponsored by: Employment Resource Group

This award honors an educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving the quality of education in the Fox Cities region, and who has an inspiring presence that motivates and influences students, colleagues and the community.

  • Teri Fechter – Richmond Elementary
  • Monica Jones – Xavier High School
  • Paul Larson – Freedom High School

Award recipients each receive a $500 unrestricted cash award (except Educator of the Year, who will receive a $1,000 unrestricted cash award).

“The impact of these educators, not only with students but within the scope of the success of the entire Fox Cities community, is humbling when you think about it. They are preparing our next generation of leaders, doers, thinkers and creators,” shared Amy Andersen, Director of Talent and K-16 Relations, at the Fox Cities Chamber.

The 2020 Excellence in Education Shining Star Awards recipients will be recognized on Thursday, March 5 at the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event’s emcee is Stacy Engebretson, Anchor/Assistant News Director, NBC 26. General admission is $50 per ticket or $40 for Fox Cities Chamber members and educators. Registration information can be found on the Chamber website at foxcitieschamber.com or by calling (920) 734-7101. 

50/50 raffle tickets are available for purchase prior to the event. A limited 1,000 raffle tickets will be sold for $50 each. Participants could win up to $25,000 cash, second prize $1,000 cash and third prize $500 cash. Raffle winners will be drawn at 8:15 p.m. at the event. Proceeds from the event’s raffle will benefit the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Foundation which encompasses talent and workforce programming created to adapt and respond to workforce needs in our community. Tickets can be purchased at the Fox Cities Chamber office, 125 N. Superior Street in Appleton, up until 6:00 p.m. the evening of the event or until supplies last.

This event is made possible through the support of our generous sponsors, including: Presenting Sponsor – Bergstrom Automotive; Awards Sponsors – Ariens Company, Employment Resource Group, Goodwill NCW, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Menasha Corporation and U.S. Venture; Contributing Sponsor – Fox Valley Technical College; Multi-Media Sponsor – TopVu Media; Portrait Sponsor – Debbie Daanen Photography; Radio Sponsor – WHBY; and in partnership with NBC 26.

For more information, please contact Amy Andersen, Director of Talent & K-16 Relations, at the Fox Cities Chamber by phone (920) 734-7101 or email amy@foxcitiesregion.com.

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