Six educators from the Waukesha School District received recognition for their exemplary work, two teachers and the principal from Blair Elementary School were recognized as well as three teachers from Waukesha North High School.
The awards and honors come different organizations, and the recognition ceremonies will be held separate:
Here is a list of the honorees, by school, their background and information about their awards.
Carina Masis, a third-grade teacher at Blair Elementary School, was named the Bilingual/Bicultural Educator of the Year. This award is presented to one educator in any bilingual or bicultural school or school district in Wisconsin that has demonstrated outstanding skills working with students and has continually made teaching and learning a priority for all children.
Masis received her bilingual teaching degree and English as a second language (ESL) license from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and her master's degree in reading from Concordia University. Masis has been teaching in a dual language classroom for 11 years, all of which have been for the Waukesha School District.
She will be honored at the 2016 Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education (WIABE) Conference in mid-April.
Blair Elementary first-grade teacher Omar Masis, who is also a bilingual teacher, was a recipient of the 2016 Herb Kohl Fellowship Award.
The Kohl Fellowship is a months-long application process. The statewide committee reviews and selects 100 Kohl Fellowship Award winners after a district and regional screening. As an Herb Kohl Educational Foundation award winner, Masis will receive a $3,000 Kohl Fellowship Grant and Blair Elementary School will also receive a matching $3,000 grant.
Masis received his teaching license, bilingual certification and master's degree in education at Lakeland College. Masis began his career in 2004 as an Aide at Waukesha's Banting Elementary School. He began teaching in the bilingual program in 2006.
The principal of Blair, Aida Cruz-Farin, was a state finalist for the 2016 Herb Kohl Outstanding Wisconsin Leadership Award. She was not awarded a fellowship grant.
Physical education teacher Amy Sroka was recognized by the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and awarded an Early Educator Award, given to exceptional educators across the state in the first three years of their career.
Sroka was recognized at the WACTE annual spring meeting March 13, and will also have the opportunity to be recognized April 20, at Carroll University's educational awards and outreach event, Celebrate Carroll Celebrating Education.
Sroka earned her bachelor's degree in health and physical education with adaptive certification from Carroll University. Sroka was hired at North full time after completing her student teaching there. She is in her second year of teaching.
Sarahi Monterrey, an ESL teacher, has been named Educator of the Year and will be honored at the 2016 WIABE Conference in mid-April.
Monterrey received her Bachelor of Science of Education degree in Spanish and bilingual/bicultural education and master's degree (with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Monterrey taught in Whitewater for five years and has been with the Waukesha School District for the past eight years
Greta Voit, a science teacher at Waukesha North, was also recognized as a recipient of the 2016 Herb Kohl Fellowship Award. Voit's application was one of 854 nominations received for the 2016 award and both Voit and Waukesha North High School will receive a $3,000 grant.
Voit received both her Bachelor of Science in Education degree as well as her master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. This May she will receive her certification in educational leadership from Carroll University. Voit taught for five years in New Berlin before coming to Waukesha. During her four years in the Waukesha School District she has taught physics, math and is involved in the INSPIRE program, which creates bridges between employers, educators and students.