Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District

Employee Shout Outs

"With the 2016-2017 school year coming to a close, we wanted to express what an exceptional teacher you have in Mrs. Rushing of Forest Ridge Elementary. We recognize 4K as the beginning of our child’s educational experience and Mrs. Rushing provided her the best start we can imagine. Mrs. Rushing’s teaching skills are beyond the norm.

Mrs. Rushing quickly connects with each student and is extremely patient, calm, and has a very genuine, caring way of educating her students. From the first time our family met Mrs. Rushing, her amazing personality has shined. She fosters a very happy classroom and it is evident that our daughter and the other students really enjoy her teaching style. She is very prepared and organized and invests a lot of time creating fun, educational projects. Every day, she brings a positive and encouraging spirit, which instills the values of learning, listening/following directions, and working hard; while allowing the kids to have fun. Mrs. Rushing is inclusive and engaging with students, which enriches the development of the students’ social skills.

The quality of a district’s teachers is an indication of the strength of the district. The OCFSD is stronger with teachers like Mrs. Lauren Rushing."

- Forest Ridge Parents

"Mrs. Milkovich has been great with my son this year. We could not have asked for a better teacher for him. She's caring and compassionate! I also appreciate that she responds to emails in a reassuring way."

- Cedar Hills Parent

"Mr. Comiskey always starts class full of enthusiasm and has clear passion for the subjects he teaches. He introduces us to the intricacies of government in his AP Government course by incorporating a wide variety of sources and perspectives, from videos to fellow classmates. In addition, he acts as a motivator for his students by always pushing them to achieve more. I can truly say, as an aspiring Political Science/International Relations major, that this course has laid a very solid foundation in the subject which will give me an advantage over my classmates in college and beyond. Thank you Mr. Comiskey!"

- Oak Creek High School Student

"Our son Owen is completing his first school year in her four year old kindergarten class. We fear the tears and disappointment after the last day of school when he realizes he will not have her as a teacher anymore. It is easy to see that Mrs. DiVilio views her position not as work, but instead as a joyful privilege; she is able to positively influence so many children every day. Mrs. DiVilio is distinguished in all teacher standards. Even though my wife and I are not able to see each one happening, as educators ourselves, we see the outcomes she creates and can connect them to what she has to be doing behind the scenes in order to achieve them. Mrs. DiVilio is responsible for at least 50 children each day, many with diverse needs. Her professionalism and knowledge of curriculum content are demonstrated as she creates meaningful experiences that improve student learning. She also shares her knowledge of the content through weekly newsletters that promote continued discussions and reinforcement of learning at home. We receive frequent and timely feedback informing us how Mrs. DiVilio is differentiating and using assessments to guide her instruction. Student data and other measurements of Owen's academic and behavioral progress are communicated regularly to us. Daily, we receive leveled books and other content area activities to complete at home. Owen is excited about the instructional opportunities she sends home because he is involved in the process of choosing what comes home. This increases his engagement and his desire to continue to learn and grow. Additionally, this creates a strong home-school connection. We hear from Owen about how she uses her resources, such as instructional aides and sensory tools, to engage him in learning and meet his individual needs. More important than all of the numbers and teacher standard lingo, is Mrs. DiVilio's character and her passion for teaching. She creates a learning environment that is respectful, safe and positive by modeling these behaviors to her students. The look on Owen's face every time he sees Mrs. DiVilio demonstrates how comfortable and excited he is to be at school and thankful to have her as his teacher. The Oak-Creek Franklin School District is extremely fortunate to have a student-centered and overall amazing teacher in Mrs. DiVilio. We wish she was able to loop with Owen all the way through twelfth grade and beyond."

- Deerfield 4K Parents


"Mr. Asala: Thank you for helping our daughter bloom! We think the world of you! Thanks for all you do!"

- Edgewood Parent

"Mr. Comiskey has encouraged me and everyone his classes to truly be the best that we can be. Without witnessing his enthusiasm and passion for teaching, I would never have realized that teaching government is what I want to do after high school. He always makes everyone feel welcome in his class and cares about the success of every student. He's my favorite teacher and his class is my favorite part of the day."

- Oak Creek High School Student

I can't say enough about Miss Edminster. She's been an amazing teacher and has given my son the most positive Kindergarten experience he could have. He has learned so much and I'm so appreciative of the skills she's helped him develop this year. She's taught him how to be a kind, confident & well-behaved student which will help set the tone for the rest of his school career. She's a fantastic teacher who truly cares about her students. I'm so thankful that my family had had the chance get to know her. I wish every student had the opportunity to start their school experience with a teacher like Miss E!

- Carollton Parent

"A great big Hooray to Mrs. Franecki and Mrs. Weiland for their hard work and extra effort - especially this year! My son moved to Forest Ridge from Cedar Hills this year, and we were concerned that leaving Cedar meant leaving these two wonderful teachers behind. We were thrilled to know that they both made the push to establish the same love for art and music in our new Forest Ridge community that we had at Cedar Hills. Thank you, both for sharing your passion with students. We are lucky to have you here!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

"Mrs. Pratt made science fun for me. I really did not like science until I had her class. She always made class fun for me and helped me along the way throughout the year. She always gave me Jolly Ranchers. Even when I left her class, I always made sure I went to go visit her when I could. She's honestly one of the best teachers I could've asked for."

- East Middle School Student


"Mrs. Arnold: It takes a BIG heart to shape little minds. You will always have a special place in our hearts. We love you!"

- Edgewood Parent

"Mrs.Klien has given me the courage to try and work hard in school when other teachers were putting me down, she was always there to make me feel better and to make me try even harder. I am now in 9th and continue to come and visit her. There is no way I could ever repay her for what she did. Thank you so much!"

- East Middle School Student

"Mrs. Jeske you are AMAZING! You have made a huge difference in my son's life! Thank you for all you have done!"

- Edgewood Parent


"Mrs. Sandleback, Mrs. McGinty & Mrs. Phillips... These 3 teachers are so INCREDIBLE. All of them make the kids feel so uplifted and encouraged to conquer the world. They show so much support to the kids for anything they need. Mrs. Sandleback and Mrs. Phillips are not even my daughter's teacher anymore but are always there to greet my daughter with a hug and have been there to talK to my daughter for whatever she may need and I have no doubt Mrs. McGinty would do the same. Love them so much. THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO..."

- Carollton Parent

"My son started 3rd grade this year at a new school. He was so fortunate to have a teacher (Mrs. Burgmeier) with an amazing heart. Teachers are with our kids often more than parents, and don't receive the recognition they deserve. Meadowview and Oak Creek are blessed to have an amazing teacher be part of their group."

- Meadowview Parent

"Ms. Magana is amazing. She has taken a sports-loving, left-brained boy and instilled a love of art in him. She embraces Ethan's outgoing personality and works with him to help him be the best he can be. Ethan has loved art class with Ms. Magana and even more so, the Art Docent Program! He's very comfortable around her and has loved her class year after year. It's very clear how much Ms. Magana loves to teach--she has certainly found her niche in the classroom! I wish I could be a part of that spectacular classroom--so many fun projects and art pieces to look at!! :-)"

- Carollton Parent


"Mrs Waterfill has brought sunshine and fun to my daughter's class. She is engaging and creative in her lessons. We have been so amazed at my daughter's growth in reading, math, science and social awareness. Mrs. Waterfill has made learning so fun and she is a truly caring person. Thank you for all you do for our kids."

- Forest Ridge Parent

"East Middle School House 8-2: I appreciate all the support you have provided for my son this year. Thank you for answering my emails so quickly too. He has finally turned into the student he needs to be successful."

- East Middle School Parent


"Lucas thoroughly enjoys having Ms. Feuling for his teacher. She challenges him in ways that makes learning fun!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

"Mrs. DiVilio is a wonderful teacher. My oldest son is in her 4K class and loves school. Mrs. DiVilio far exceeds any expectations I had for what 4K might entail. She is so patient, caring, kind and respectful. She communicates regularly with families and always has something positive to say. My son comes home and tells me that he gives Mrs. DiVilio a hug to start each day "because I love her, mom." My heart beams when he says this and when he anxiously awaits going to school each day. Thank you, Mrs. DiVilio, for instilling such a love of learning at such a young age. We are actually dreading the end of the school year because we love working with her so much!"

- Deerfield 4K Parent

Ms. Danko posing with student in the classroom."Ms. Danko is wonderful for many reasons. She always has a smile on her face and encourages students to do their best. She is a great communicator with parents and keeps us up to date. She spends a lot of her personal time supporting the school and students. Thanks for everything you do!"

- Meadowview Parent

Mrs. Mueller has now taught all three of my children and has always brought out the best in each of them. She is such a dedicated and kind teacher and SO very patient! I have never seen (or heard) her get loud or frustrated with any child. She just calmly redirects the children and can keep the classroom in check. My kids have always come home telling me of wonderful stories and experiences they have had while in her class. She makes learning fun! Her Lemonheads have been very successful in making my kids "smarter" for tests and she makes the kids want to come to school. My daughter, who is currently in her class, actually said that she doesn't want Summer vacation to come because she will miss Mrs. Mueller too much! We just love her!!!"

- Carollton Parent

"Ms. Prelesnik has been vital to making my daughter's first year at East Middle School a success! She makes Language Arts class so interesting and is able to keep the classroom in check. The kids respect her and she respects them. I am so impressed by all that she does to help make learning fun and relevant to the kids. She goes above and beyond as a Forensics coach as well and my daughter has blossomed during this school year, in great part, due to Ms. Prelesnik. Thank you for all you do Nikki Prelesnik and please promise to stay at East long enough to (hopefully) teach ALL of my kids!"

- East Middle School Parent

"My daughter loves being in Ms. Biedenbender's fifth-grade class and has been having a great year because of her great teacher!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

"Mr. Dorlack, Thank you for being an awesome teacher! Thank you for creating an environment of enthusiasm for gym class. My oldest who is a senior in high school still talks about you and gym class. We appreciate all you do!"

- Edgewood Parent

"Mrs. Posda brings so much enthusiasm to the classroom and she makes learning so much fun! She really "gets" these kids in 5th grade and meets them wherever they are at. My daughter enjoys her class so much and comes home every day to tell me how awesome the day was! To incite that much excitement in a 5th grader (especially toward the end of the year near Summer vacation!) is no small feat! Making learning interesting and keeping the kids on their toes comes so naturally to her. We are so glad to have had her for my daughter this year! Thank you Mrs. Posda for all that you do to help these children learn so much!!"

- Carollton Parent

"My daughter is part of the Media Club that Ms. Feuling started. Everyone in the club really seems to enjoy it. Thank you to Ms. Feuling for being a part of that!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

Mr. Green and student pose for a photo."I would like to recognize Mr. Green for his above and beyond way that he connects with his students. He is incredibly caring and went above and beyond by sending the most kind email that I have ever received. Our son has not had Mr. Green since 6th grade and he is now a freshman. To this day I cannot bring myself to delete the email. I have spoken with other students and parents who are grateful for Mr. Green! Thank you so much!"

- Former West Middle School Parent

"Mr. Mittag always takes the time to address parent concerns. One day last year my daughter was injured at recess and Mr. Mittag even took time out of his weekend to send me an email to check to see how she was doing. Thank you for being a great leader at Forest Ridge!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

"I cannot say enough good things about everyone at Meadowview! I am part of the PTO and have volunteered for the last 2 years. The entire staff is always very friendly and personable. I am so happy with the way that they are teaching our children and encouraging them to become responsible and respectful kids. I am very proud to say that my child is a Meadowview student!"

- Meadowview Parent


"I would like to express my gratitude to Mr. Fassbender. He is an outstanding teacher at West Middle School. He has been supportive and encouraging to both my older daughter, who is now a junior in high school and my son currently, in 8th grade. Mike is a caring, engaging teacher who truly wants to be there for his students. I have to add that we have been blessed by all of the teachers at West! Keep up the great work!!"

- West Middle School Parent

"I would like to thank Ms. Tara Hunt for being an outstanding teacher at the Biological Science Dept at Oak Creek High. She is a dedicated teacher who provides continued support and encouragement throughout the school day and beyond. She provides assistance whenever needed to students. Ms Hunt has been a great encourager of my daughter to continue on the science track, believing in her and her abilities. Thank you!!!!!"

- Oak Creek High School Parent


"Mr. Cox, Ms. Lietz, Ms. Piper... These 3 core teachers work as a team and share information, concerns and accomplishments about my child with one another. I know she has a great support system for her Freshman year!"

- Oak Creek High School Parent

"Mrs. Timm is an outstanding teacher. My son has had teachers in the past who did not challenge him enough. Mrs. Timm may seem strict to some, but I feel that she is just concerned about the well-being and success of her students. My son has learned so much this year. She is one of the best at Carollton!"

- Carollton Parent


"I want to express my appreciation for Mr. Petre! I’m not sure if we have mentioned this, but of all the teachers at OCHS I feel you are consistently the best communicator with parents and it helps us stay on top of the kids. You must be very busy, but you still take time to inform parents about everything, not only as a group but individually also. I think all our boys had you in one class or another, so we have been very fortunate.

Thank you also for being a great teacher who truly cares about his students and showing you care. It goes a long way in our child’s thought process and motivation to do well. Go Knights!"

- Oak Creek High School Parent


"Ms. Stieber has been nothing but an asset to my son's emotional growth and maturity. She has helped with his confidence. She has sent emails, postcards and calls, with the whole class celebrating my son's progress. He really likes her."

- Forest Ridge Parent

"After coming to Oak Creek High School, I found myself amazed by my improvement in attitude towards math. Middle school math classes were torture for me (I was out of the district), and I dreaded advancing to higher math classes like Trigonometry and Calculus. After graduating to high school, however, I have had nothing but great experiences with math teachers and with math class in general. In fact, math has become one of my strongest subjects! I'm taking AP Calculus BC next year and am looking forward to more classes with Ms. Kubicek! Thank you to all my math teachers who have made math not only bearable but enjoyable. Keep it up, math program!"

-Oak Creek High School Student


"My son attends Deerfield Elementary and adores his first grade teacher, Mrs. Piper! Mrs. Piper has great communication with families through email and Class DOJO on a regular basis. My favorite is when Mrs. Piper shares photos of my son's artwork or special moments from the week. I appreciate Mrs. Piper's dedication to her students and their families."

- Deerfield Parent


"I would like to acknowledge Mr. Knoernschild, for his ability to quickly recognize a highly emotional situation for my daughter and appropriately redirect the situation. My daughter has been having some 'friend trouble' this year with a couple of girls. During gym class, one girl upset my daughter and made her cry. Mr. Knoernschild noticed she was upset, calmed her down, and reassured her by pointing out her strengths. My daughter told me that she was still upset, but Mr. K. was very cool and his kind words made her feel much better."

-Carollton Parent


"I just want to say "Thank You" to the AP Math and AP Statistics classes at the high school. My son graduated last year and he was blessed to get such a great learning experience in these two specific classes. He is attending a university in Indiana and is excelling in his classes because of the wonderful AP classes the high school had to offer. He is already going to have a minor in Math and he is only a freshman. Oak Creek High School should be acknowledged for offering so many AP courses. We are so grateful our son had this tremendous learning experience. Our family would like to say "Thanks" to all you wonderful and caring teachers."

- Oak Creek High School Parent


"Ms. Ashenhurst is truly a special teacher. My son loves her class and her. She has brought out an excitement and enthusiasm in him about everything she teaches that I have not seen in him before. I can frequently hear him telling his friends "how awesome" she is, and he has something to tell me every single day that he learned or did in class. I cannot even imagine how hard it is to inspire and keep the attention of 11 and 12 year olds. I just want her to know, she is making a difference. She is a fantastic teacher and her work is appreciated."

- East Middle School Parent


"I would like to recognize Mrs. Booth and the staff at Shepard Hills. I have to say the experience my kids and family have had within the past 7 years has been outstanding!

Over the 7 years we've had positive results for each of our three kids and having open communication with teachers and the principal has been a huge part of their success. We commend Mrs. Booth for her leadership of the staff and we appreciate her interaction with the students on a daily basis. She has a great staff and we see the love for teaching among her and her staff daily. Shepard Hills should be recognized for their outstanding dedication towards their students. I also have to say that so many of the staff have attended so many fundraisers outside of school with their busy schedules, lesson planning, their own kids' activities and they still manage to give of their time. This shows us how truly dedicated they are. We appreciate them!"

- Shepard Hills Parent



Mrs. Pearson with student"Ms. Pearson brings so much joy and inspiration to my daughter. She has a strong personality, and when she started 5K, it was amazing to me to see how much Eve thrived and loved being in her class. She LOVES Ms. Pearson, and when we are home, she is pretending to be a teacher, and doing all kinds of activities that she has learned by watching Ms. Pearson. It is so precious, and she is already telling us she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. It makes me so elated to see my daughter succeed in school, but to do it with such happiness, brings it to a whole other level. Ms. Pearson is truly special and an inspiration:)"

- Forest Ridge Parent


"I am not sure who gets credit, I'm sure it is both Ms.

Stipan and Ms. Klein

, but the change last night in my daughter was astonishing! She has a plan that she shared with me for her assignments, she wanted to share it with me by asking for help in accountability. She was taking a step forward with her attitude that she can climb out of darkness. I think with the assignment notebook she can visually see that she can reach her goals and it is not so overwhelming. I tried to support her last night with encouragement and will continue to be a better support in communication. She has been struggling not only in grades, but with relationships at home so thank you. I am so grateful to have you both in our lives to help."

- East Middle School Parent


"Ms. Stieber always answers my questions in a timely manner and she is so great with her class. My daughter absolutely loves her. She is what a first grade teacher is all about. I think she should be recognized for what a great job she does."

- Forest Ridge Parent


"Mrs. Golden takes the time to get to know her students & knows how to motivate them. I appreciate all her hard work! I feel like she really cares. She has built a positive relationship with my son which has helped engage him in & help him be successful in the classroom. I really appreciate her focus on building positive character traits!"

- East Middle School Parent

"My daughter really enjoys being in Mrs. Mlinar's class and has been having a great year in third grade because of her great teacher!"

- Forest Ridge Parent


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