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Shorewood Excellence in Teaching Award – Individual Teachers

The Shorewood Excellence in Teaching Award – Individual Teachers recognizes the highest professional achievements in teaching. To nominate a teacher, please fill out the Shorewood Excellence in Teaching Award – Individual Teachers nomination form.

Note: Change in the Excellence in Teaching Award for 2021-22 School Year


Certified teachers currently employed full time by the Shorewood School District with 3 or more years of experience in the district, who are nominated by one or more students, parents, teachers, or other members of the Shorewood community. A teacher is eligible to win every 7 years whether it is as an individual or part of a group.

Criteria for Selection

Student Achievement

  • Fosters academic and personal growth of all students
  • Upholds rigorous learning and behavior standards for all students
  • Promotes the development of leadership and ownership of learning by all students


  • Creates a positive learning atmosphere
  • Shows enthusiasm for learning and student growth
  • Engages students through creative and innovative approaches to learning

Culture and Community

  • Communicates effectively with students, parents, colleagues, and school leaders
  • Engages parents as effective partners
  • Collaborates with colleagues to make the Shorewood Schools a better place to learn and teach

Award & Timeline

$5,000 is awarded to the winning teachers!

January 12, 2023 — Begin teacher nominations
February 24, 2023 — Nomination period ends
March 1, 2023 — Nominated teachers invited to apply
April 17, 2023 — Teacher applications due
First week of June — Winner(s) announced

2020-21 Honorees

Kevin KarmanLake Bluff Elementary School: Art Teacher
Kelsey KlawienShorewood Intermediate School: Special Education Teacher
Kerstin MestelleAtwater Elementary School: 6th Grade Teacher
Julie NolanAtwater and Lake Bluff Elementary School: Orchestra Teacher
Samantha PrystawikShorewood Intermediate School: Special Education Teacher

2019-20 Honorees

Todd BellAtwater Elementary School: Special Education Teacher
Joshua BeckerAtwater and Lake Bluff Elementary School: Spanish Teacher
Annette KoertenShorewood Intermediate School: French Teacher
Sheila MooneyShorewood High School: English Teacher
Troy ThibedeauShorewood High School: Math Teacher

2018-19 Honorees

Melissa HonigmanShorewood Intermediate School: Orchestra Teacher
Alan KarbelLake Bluff Elementary School: Library and Media Specialist
Virgina KashianLake Bluff Elementary School: Multi-Age 1st/2nd Grade Teacher
Brian SchultiesShorewood High School: Social Studies Teacher
Colleen SheaLake Bluff Elementary School: K4 Teacher

2017-18 Honorees

Eva GulottaShorewood Intermediate School: Speech & Language Pathologist
Joe KingShorewood High School: Theatre Director
Evan SchmidtShorewood High School: Social Studies Teacher
Noelle ShanksAtwater Elementary School: Multi-Age 1st/2nd Grade Teacher

2016-17 Honorees

Jeff CartierAtwater Elementary School: 6th Grade Teacher
Angela HayesAtwater Elementary School: Art Teacher
Christine JacquartShorewood High School: French Teacher
Sara Kitzinger-AntonShorewood Intermediate School: Spanish Teacher

2015-16 Honorees

Joleen BarryAtwater Elementary School: K5 Teacher
James BeckersShorewood Intermediate School: Science Teacher
Walt BoyerAtwater Elementary School: Music Teacher
Jason ClarkShorewood Intermediate/High School: Choir Teacher
Kris CrynsAtwater Elementary School: 4th Grade Teacher

2014-15 Honorees

Todd FendosLake Bluff Elementary School: 2nd Grade Teacher
Karen FrinkShorewood High School: Orchestra Teacher
Chris GagneShorewood High School: Special Education Teacher
John StancoAtwater Elementary School: 5th Grade Teacher
Kelly SteinerShorewood Intermediate School: Science Teacher

2013-14 Honorees

Karen GrzybowskiShorewood High School: Science Teacher
Sarah KopplinShorewood Intermediate School: World Geography Teacher
Debra Sakai Atwater Elementary School: Multi-Age 3rd/4th Grade Teacher

Selection Committee

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Nancy Athanasiou, Dean of the School of Education and Associate Professor, has been teaching at Alverno College since 2001. Prior to that, she served as an Instructional Technology Resource teacher/Instructional Specialist in the Germantown School District, and was a middle school teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

Nancy has consulted with school districts and university faculty, locally and internationally in the areas of culture and climate, assessment design, feedback, self assessment, and defining and assessing institutional, program, and course outcomes, She serves as the curriculum coordinator for the Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls and is co-director of the Leadership Advancing Character and Culture in Schools (LACCS) program. Nancy is co-chair of the Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee, serves on the board of the Greater Milwaukee Catholic Education Consortium, and consults with the Milwaukee Police Department’s STOP program.

Jack Linehan retired from the Shorewood School District in 2003 after 18 years in school leadership roles, 7 as high school principal, the last 11 as superintendent. He has since extended his career in education by contributing to a variety of school leadership and policy areas throughout the region.

He is currently on the faculty at Cardinal Stritch University as Director of the Superintendent Licensure Program and is Chair of the Doctoral Admission Committee. He has been a consultant to public and private schools throughout the region specializing in school leadership, policy, and operational effectiveness.

Latish Reed, a proud 1990 alumna of Shorewood High School, is currently serving as Milwaukee Public School’s first Equity Specialist. In this role, her job is to celebrate, advocate, and support differences, while stressing the common principles and goals of excellence and equity. She also has served as a college admissions counselor, MPS middle school teacher, and school administrator.

Latish received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s degree in Middle School Teaching from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Sociology from Marquette University. Prior to returning to MPS as the Equity Specialist, she was an assistant professor of School Administration at both at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, respectively. Her research centered on the cultural and social factors that impact school organization and leadership.

Reed routinely participates in professional service on the national, school, and local community levels. In addition to the preparation of school leaders, she also consults with local schools, districts and organizations on leadership development and cultural competence attainment.

Jeff and his wife, Barbara Browning, have lived in Shorewood since 1975. All four of their children attended and graduated from the Shorewood Public Schools. Jeff received his B.A. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Marquette University Law School and has practiced law with Kasdorf, Lewis and Swielik, S.C. since 1975. His practice has included representing school districts throughout the state on a wide range of issues over the past twenty years.

In addition to practicing law, Jeff was a member of the Shorewood School Board from 1991-2001(serving as president for four years), was a member of the Shorewood Library Board from 2003-2012 (serving as president for six years), served on the Board of the Shorewood Foundation and has been chairman of the Shorewood Board of Appeals since 2003.

Kathy Smith is a long-time resident of Shorewood. She attended Shorewood Schools K-12 as did both of her children. She has served on various committees in Shorewood including Strategic Planning for Shorewood School, Shorewood Planning committee on Parks, and the Shorewood District Gifted and Talented committee. She served as President, Vice President, and committee member of the Lake Bluff PTA.