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Alumni selected as Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellows

Posted by UWSPcps - March 7, 2019 - Academics, Alumni, Education, Featured

Ten alumni from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are among 100 teachers named to the 2019 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship program, chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.

Each fellow and their school will receive a $1,000 grant. Fellowship 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, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS), and regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA).

The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist and businessman, in 1990. To date the foundation has awarded $17.8 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.

In 1894, UW-Stevens Point began as the Stevens Point Normal School, whose primary purpose was to prepare future teachers. Today, the School of Education is the hub of teacher preparation programs at UWSP and we remain at the forefront of innovation in our field. Our undergraduate program is the home of elementary education – not only the largest, but also one of the most selective majors on campus. We also prepare future teachers who are majoring in special education, early childhood education, physical education, family and consumer sciences education or earning certification in K-12 and secondary education.

UW-Stevens Point Alumni

Dawn Bohm ’89
D.C. Everest Junior High School, Weston

Deanne Boyce ’94
Saint Paul Lutheran School, Grafton

Matthew Cepress ’02
D.C. Everest High School, Weston

Sara Goldberg ’04, ’07
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Wausau

Julie Martin ’14
New Glarus High School, New Glarus

Kelli McGreevey, M.S. ’07
Appleton Xavier High School, Appleton

Erin Mehlberg ’99, M.S. ’02
Saint Paul Lutheran Grade School, Stevens Point

Sherry Patton ’89
Pacelli Catholic Middle School, Stevens Point

Ryan Peterson ’03
Brillion High School, Brillion

John Scott Thiel ’80
Altoona Middle School, Altoona


If you are a UW-Stevens Point alum or know of one who received a Kohl Teacher Fellow honor this year but is not listed below please let us know by emailing us at and we will make sure we get that educator’s name added to the list of honorees.

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