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Herb Kohl Educational Foundation honors MPS students and teachers

More than 180 graduating seniors, 100 teachers, and 16 principals across Wisconsin have been selected to receive honors and monetary awards this year from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Milwaukee Public Schools is proud of ten teachers and nine students who are counted among the honorees. Awards and scholarships will be presented by former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl in an awards ceremony on April 13 at Greenfield High School.

2019 MPS Teacher Honorees

Alexander Branderhorst, Milwaukee High School of the Arts

Raymond Duncan, Marshall High School

Tina Gleason, Golda Meir School

Jocelyn Johnson, Academy of Accelerated Learning

Margaret Petershack, Transition High School

Kaitlynn Radloff, Milwaukee High School of the Arts

Aimie Rognsvoog, IDEAL

Chad Sperzel-Wuchterl, Reagan High School

Nancy Wisniewski, Mitchell Elementary School

Kaela Zielinski, Academy of Accelerated Learning


Nine MPS students have been selected as recipients in scholarship categories.

Excellence Scholarships

Alanna Bielawski, Reagan High School

Alyssa Eske, Rufus King International High School

Nyia Garrett, Reagan High School

Vivica Lewis, Carmen High School South Campus

Sierra Richardson, Riverside High School

Mia Rimmer, King International High School

Erick Torres-Gonzalez, Reagan High School

Madison Xiong, Reagan High School

Initiative Scholarship

Avian Cruz, Milwaukee High School of the Arts


Excellence Scholarship recipients demonstrate academic excellence, high motivation, and a broad range of activity and leadership. Initiative Scholarship recipients demonstrate initiative in school and strong promise for success in college and beyond. Winners in each category receive a $10,000 scholarship.

Teacher Fellowship recipients are chosen for leadership, service and a superior ability to inspire a love of learning in students. These honors come with a $6,000 award.

The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist and businessman, in 1990. To date, the foundation has awarded $17.8 million to Wisconsin educators, principals, students, and schools.

Congratulations to our outstanding teachers and students!

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Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86+ million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to seven of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.

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