The selection committee for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship, Fellowship, and Leadership Program has announced the recipients of the 2023 Herb Kohl Foundation awards for students, teachers, and principals.
The Mineral Point Unified School District is proud to announce that Mrs. Ashley Calderon-McHugh, Middle/High School Choir Teacher, has been named a winner of the Teacher Fellowship.
Fellowship recipients are educators who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.
Teacher Fellowship awards of $6,000 will be presented to 100 teachers who were nominated for their leadership and service in and outside the classroom, their ability to inspire a love of learning and to motivate their students.
“Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation,” former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl said. “These student, teacher, and principal award recipients have demonstrated incredible hard work, achievements, and service. I congratulate them all and hope this award not only helps them in their individual pursuits but also reminds them to pay it forward in the future.”
Past Mineral Point recipients of the Herb Kohl awards at the state level include:
- Student Excellence: Marsha Bingham, 1991; Christopher Marr, 2004; Cody Pierce, 2020; Callie Pierce, 2022.
- Student Initiative: Sarah Janke, 2002; Cory Sokol, 2005; Sierra Gunderson, 2011; Ireln King, 2018.
- Teacher Fellowship: Bonnie Laverty, 1997; Matt Nevers, 2017; Kris McCoy, 2018; Micki Uppena, 2020; Cindi Nothem, 2022; Ashley Calderon-McHugh, 2023.
- Principal Leadership: Matt Renwick, 2021.
Award recipients are selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders and representatives of education-related associations and the program’s co-sponsors: The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA), the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, and the Wisconsin Homeschooling Parents Association.
The Kohl Foundation award program was established by Herb Kohl, former U.S. Senator, philanthropist, and businessman. Since 1990, the foundation has awarded nearly $34 million to Wisconsin educators, principals, students, and schools.