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Lee Thennes

Position: Principal School: Wilson Junior High School School District: Manitowoc Public School District City, State: Manitowoc, Wisconsin About the Nominee: Lee Thennes was nominated by Wendy Smith, the parent of two students. Ms. Smith and her family have known Mr. Thennes since 2010, when he taught at Lincoln High School. Her oldest son, Brandon, always […]

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Leann Clayton

Position: Special Education School: Wilson Jr High School School District: Manitowoc Public School District City, State: Manitowoc, Wisconsin About the Nominee: Leann Clayton was nominated by Wendy Smith, the parent of two students. Ms. Smith has a 13 year old son, Luke, who has been diagnosed with autism, anxiety, depression, etc. Although he has struggled […]

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Tim Handrich

Position: Counselor School: J.R. Gerritts Middle School School District: Kimberly Area School District City, State: Kimberly, Wisconsin About the Nominee: Tim Handrich has served as the school counselor at J.R. Gerritts for 37 years. In many ways, he is the living embodiment of his school's positive, supportive, student-centered, high quality learning environment. Although he's accomplished […]

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Bette Drown

Position: School Nurse Assistant School: Rexford/Longfellow Elementary School School District: Clintonville Public Schools City, State: Clintonville, Wisconsin About the Nominee: Bette Drown was nominated by a friend, Carol Erickson. Nurse Bette, as the students call her, is someone who cares about the staff and students. She always has a smile. She "heals" scraped knees and […]

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Rebecca Schoenike

Position: Special Education Teacher School: Clintonville High School School District: Clintonville Public Schools City, State: Clintonville, Wisconsin About the Nominee: Rebecca Schoenike was nominated by her principal, Lance Bagstad. Ms. Schoenike has been a special education teacher in Clintonville for several years. Three years ago, she began a transition program for special education students who […]