Celebrate Education

2018-2019 Celebrate Education Committee

What is Celebrate Education?

Celebrate Education is an annual event honoring local teachers, principals, coaches and volunteers for their continuous hard work and dedication to our community’s students. During the event, grants are awarded to exceptional educators for special programs they conduct in the classroom, on the field and after school.  Before 2005, Celebrate Education was known as the NET Awards-Nurturing Education and Teaching. From 1997 to 2004 the NET Awards granted approximately $90,890 to various school programs.

Who sponsors this event?

Local community leaders sponsor Celebrate Education each year, including the Mid-Morning Kiwanis Club of Oshkosh, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, Wisconsin Public Service, Oshkosh Area School District, the UWO College of Education and Human Services and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. By partnering together, we are able to award thousands of dollars in grants to educators whose programs make a difference in the lives of our children.

Since Celebrate Education began in 2005, there has been a total of $333,793 (as of 2019) awarded to educators in the Oshkosh community.



2020 Grant Recipients

Spirit of Education Award (Oshkosh area School District):

  • Catalpa Health

Dr. Stanley J. Spanbauer Education and Leadership Award (Lourdes Academy):

  • The Lasky Family

Educational Leadership Award (Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce):

  • Mercy Health Foundation

Rudoy Awards for Teaching Excellence:

  • Brian Davis, Science & Math, Valley Christian School
  • Brett Hartman, English, Oshkosh West High School
  • Keith Ruff, Math, Oshkosh North High School
  • Krissy Seeley, Special Education, Oshkosh North High School

Rudoy Technology Grant:

  • Lourdes Academy High School to renovate and update the high school lab into an innovative, hands-on lab that allows students to learn and explore cutting-edge science concepts and apply that knowledge they learn to real-world scientific research.

Celebrate Education Grants:

  • Jen CardinalMindful Practices in First Grade, Carl Traeger Elementary
    • To add mindful practice resources to classroom
  • Jackie Trebiatowski: Expanding Executive Function is Essential to Student Success, Carl Traeger Elementary
    • To purchase critical thinking games and activities
  • Summer Bjarnarson: How to Put Your Backside and Legs into Learning Action!, Valley Christian School
    • To purchase desk rubber bands to aid in fidgeting in the classroom
  • Jeanne Gutierrez: When Passion Spills into Action, Valley Christian School
    • To teach project-based learning approach for oil spill cleanups
  • Allison Hardy: Parachutes, Ribbons and Scarves, Oh My!, Valley Christian School
    • To purchase a variety of fun and engaging items to expand music and movement
  • Nicole Jonas: Have a Seat!, Valley Christian School
    • To create nontraditional, unique learning stations
  • Peggy Kehoe: Kindergarten Dreams, Valley Christian School
    • To purchase language arts and literacy supplies
  • Robert Kramer: Making Music SMART, Valley Christian School
    • To create program using the web-based music education platform SmartMusic
  • Beckie Lehman: “Makey Makey” Magical Music, Valley Christian School
    • To create Makey Makey kits
  • Nadine Mohline: Get Cultured!, Valley Christian School
    • To purchase books for classroom library
  • Jessica Sims: Working through our Wiggles!, Valley Christian School
    • To purchase flexible seating for classroom
  • Carrie O’Connor: Understanding the Impacts of Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration on Waterways, Lourdes Academy
    • To purchase science equipment
  • Luke Spanbauer: STEM Challenge Kits, Lourdes Academy
    • To add hands-on activities to supplement the science curriculum
  • Susan Trofka: Book Shopping!, Lourdes Academy
    • To purchase books for children to practice reading in the classroom and at home.
  • Matthew CallahanIntegrating Coding and Robotics into 21st Century Teaching, Roosevelt Elementary
    • To purchase robots
  • Nick RobargeNarrative Nonfiction Book Library, Washington Elementary School
    • To purchase books for classroom library
  • Robin GoedderzHydroponic Farm to Table Experiences at School, Oaklawn Elementary
    • To teach and purchase innovative hydroponic technology
  • Amanda StachowiczMedia Center Maker-Space, Merrill Middle School
    • To purchase materials for a Maker-Space in the Media Center
  • Korey KleinhansAdapted Sports League, Oshkosh Area School District
    • To expand the program for students with disabilities at the high school level

Oshkosh Area School District Education Foundation Grants:

  • Kristin Bartelt: Sense-sational Learning Tools, Oshkosh Area School District
    • To create a library of sensory tools
  • Ashley Druecke: Cooperative Games for Social Skills, Carl Traeger Elementary School
    • To purchase social skills building games
  • Laury Krause: Furthering Forensics, Oshkosh North High School
    • To purchase supplies for forensics program
  • Katie TennessenPutting Feelings First: Providing a Solid Emotional Foundation for our Littlest Learners, Franklin Elementary School
    • To create program focusing on social-emotional learning

UWO College of Education and Human Services Teacher Excellence Awards:

  • Tracy Nyman, Carl Traeger Elementary School
  • Whitney Stenbroten, Oakwood Elementary


Clarence Jungwirth History Grant Winners:

  • Maya Song-Goede: Hmong History and Culture, Carl Traeger Elementary School
    • To teach students about the Hmong culture
  • Sue Dolan: History of Oshkosh Research Project, Lourdes Academy
    • To purchase history books of Oshkosh


Celebrate Education Grants Press Releases