VIDEO | St. John’s Lutheran teacher Sarah Schultz receives Herb Kohl Fellowship Award

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February 27, 2021 – West Bend, WI – A day of celebration at St. John’s Lutheran School in West Bend as middle school teacher Sarah Schultz received the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellowship.


This award is in addition to her South Wisconsin District – LCMS Elementary Teacher of the Year Award.

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St. John’s Principal Jim Van Dellen said Schultz is a fantastic teacher. “She believes in relationships with kids and shares her heart with them.”

Leah Toerpe is the administrative assistant at St. John’s. She said Schultz teaches with “love and compassion and she teaches for the student’s personal and emotional wellbeing.”

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Ryan Young is the athletic director, social studies, health, and phy ed teacher. “Sarah is so deserving because she is so hard working, puts in the time and puts in all the love and it’s is just amazing,” he said.

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Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher 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.

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Andrew Milam nominated Schultz for the LCMS South Wisconsin District “Teacher of the Year” award which, in turn, led to her winning the Kohl Award.

A portion of Milam’s nomination read:

“We have had the honor of Sarah Schultz being instrumental in both our daughter’s lives; as a mentor for our older daughter and teacher to our younger.  Her dedication to not only the student but also the families radiates the love and care she gives to everyone she meets. Her actions each day will reverberate for generations of future servant leaders.”

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The selection committee for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Student Scholarship, Teacher Fellowship and Principal Leadership program has announced recipients of the 317
Herb Kohl Foundation awards for Wisconsin students, teachers and principals.

Awards in the amount of $6,000 are being made to 101 teachers, 16 principals, and their schools, and $10,000 scholarships will be given to 200 graduating high school students.

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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.

Other winners from Washington County include:

Three students received the Herb Kohl Student Excellent Scholar award: Mya Bunke and Cael Grotenhuis from Slinger High School, and Thomas Galleske of West Bend who attends Kewaskum High School.

Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Student Initiative Scholars – Bin Lin, West Bend
West Bend West High School.

Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellows – Sarah Schultz, St. John’s Lutheran School in West Bend and David Clark, West Bend East High School.

The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist and businessman, in 1990.

Since then the foundation has awarded nearly $25 million to Wisconsin educators, principals, students and schools. “Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students, teachers, and principals and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future,” Kohl said.

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