"We just want to change the way teachers are perceived,"is the mission the Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee have set in place. "As Deans of Education preparing teachers, we try to do the best we can within our programs," says Dr Bill Henk, Dean of the College of Education at Marquette University. "We think there is real power in getting together like this."
Dr. Henk is referring to the first Celebration of Teachers and Teaching: part fundraiser, part awards ceremony and part community outreach. The party, hosted by Great Lakes Distillery, has food, drink and music. It's a special night to honor the 10 educators that were picked from over 1,000 applications to be recognized for their innovative teaching styles.
Each teacher was accompanied by their principal who nominated them for the award. Jacqueline Richardson, Principal of Samuel Clemens Elementary School had this to say about her award-winning teacher, Katerina Jones: "Sometimes there is that juggling act of balancing requirements and mandates versus taking risks. So when you find individuals that are willing to say 'Hey, its' kids first' and take that leap of faith…it's worth recognizing and celebrating."