Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District

"My son has been attending Shepard Hills since Kindergarten and I could not ask for a better elementary school. The teachers, the staff, the communications, the willingness, the programs...Mrs. Booth does an AMAZING and WONDERFUL job with her school. The students are not just kids attending school to her, she genuinely cares for each & every student. She is firm but gentle which are just a few characteristics of a great Principal. I have been so pleased with how well the school manages their curriculum, programs, and events! My son attending Shepard Hills and having the help of their Leaders has been a wonderful parenting experience for me and I know that they are part of my village in raising my child. Thank you Mrs. Booth for being who you are!"


- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"Linda, thank you very much for all the extra help and support you have given my daughter so that she can feel welcome and safe at school. I know how busy you are, so I really appreciated the time you take to be sure she is alright. Your bright, cheery personality and your sincere care means the world. You are the kind of person that makes the Oak Creek High School a great school!"

- OCHS Parent

 

"Being a traveling staff member is not always easy, but when you have such kind and supportive administrators who welcome you and have important items ready, like a key to your room, voicemail, and a key card that works from day one to get into the building, it is very easy to feel supported on a daily basis!  Thank you to the administrators at EMS, OCHS (the main campus and the NGC), District Office and FR for making my days run smoothly, all because they took the time to make sure a traveling staff member had all of the essential tools they needed to do their job!  I am very thankful to work for such kind and caring people here in Oak Creek!"


- OCFSD Staff Member

 

"Sue has been the rock of the IC program, without her we would not be able to do our jobs. THANK YOU SUE!"

- OCFSD Staff Member

 

"Jill at District Office thoughtfully explained the open enrollment process to me in a way that was clear and thorough. I really appreciated my interaction with her over the phone."


- Parent

 

"Ms. Prelesnik did a great job this summer with the getting ready for Middles School Class. Thank you for taking time to show the incoming 6th graders that middle school wont' be that scary."

- (Future) EMS Parent

 

"Lindsey is incredibly helpful, supportive, and responsive. Early this summer I asked if Lindsey could provide some professional development to help our team create a student services website so that we could better connect with our parent stakeholder group. Lindsey was more than happy to help and was amazingly informative as she walked us through the process and even provided supporting documents to give our team a hand. At my request, she also provided disaggregated student engagement survey data which will be used as part of our parent/student engagement planning AND she also found a way for us to track readership of our special education "Weekly" newsletter to help our team monitor who and how often teachers and admin. are using the newsletter as a resource. Combined, her support is going to help our team to be more targeted with our work and more efficient in our processes. In addition to being helpful and responsive, Lindsey always provides her support with a smile and never makes me (us) feel as though we are interrupting her or making more work for her."


- District Office Staff Member

 

"Thank you to Mrs. Mikkelsen for all the hard work that you do! You helped our daughter PERSEVERE through so much that she has grown exponentially this year. Thank you for making school something she looked forward to and something that she counted down until she could go back. Thank you for making kindergarten a memorable year for her and for being that teacher that she will forever continue to rave about to others!"

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"I wanted to thank Mrs. Lidwin for being so enthusiastic with our children. I believe she's funny, supportive and empathetic. My son loves having her as a teacher and she will be missed next year."


- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"Mr. Petre's weekly communication emails were greatly appreciated by my wife and I. We always knew what had occurred in Math during the week and what was to be expected for the next week. The emails allowed us to ask questions of our student and be involved in his Math curriculum. Our son often made positive comments to us about Mr. Petre and how he found him to be a good communicator of class expectations. That's huge, when a teenager recognizes something and calls it out! Thank you to Mr. Petre. My wife and I are pleased that our son had him as a teacher."

- OCHS Parent

 

"Dr. Culver it was so nice meeting with you and our Aides Crew at Shepard Hills  and refreshing to hear your input on a few questions asked.   As a community mom it was good to hear some of the logic of why we do what we do. I really appreciated your time and openness!  We loved your goodie bag it absolutely made our day!  Thanks for all you do and again, your time and talk was appreciated.  

Here is a picture I just had to take while out on the playground!  Hope you enjoyed some kickball time!" 


- Shepard Hills Employee & OCF Parent

 

 

"I want to express my gratitude towards my principal Paul Kenwood, though he would hardly accept it I am sure. This past weekend we held a Color Run at school, and though I bet we could have managed, Paul came at 6:30 a.m. (bells on) to help assist our Carollton Color Run. He stayed the duration of the race and through the end to clean up—A Saturday and he lives in Mequon.

Tonight, our school hosted its annual Art Night and Paul asked throughout the weeks leading up for any assistance I’d need as well as the hours before (he even offered to run to Deerfield—my other school to get something)!! During the night he even worked the cash/check station as well as going above and beyond for clean up. I truly hope you know how hard he works and how much I could not do the job I do without him. I honestly voluntarily work summer school because he’s there and I know everything will run smoothly because of it. 

Thanks for having outstanding staff to work with and another incredible year in Oak Creek! "

- Carollton Teacher

 

"Ms. Feuling is an amazing teacher. She gives attention to each one of us and finds out the best way we learn. She always motivates me to keep moving higher and never stop. She works day and night planning projects for us to do. One of the things she plans is mindfulness and it helps me focus so much better in class then I used to. I am so happy I am in your class. Thank you so so much for everything, Ms. Feuling."


- Forest Ridge Student

 

"Mr. Abromaitis has gone above and beyond for Logan. He has always made sure Logan has had everything he needs for school even when I forget including a green shirt on his field trip day which Logan was ecstatic about. Logan looks up to Mr. Abromaitis and trusts him. Mr. A always keeps me updated on Logan and his progress. Last year Logan struggled with school and behavior. This year because of Mr. A's methods and teaching I believe Logan is doing much better. When Logan had a rough day Mr. A took him on a walk to calm him down and helped him through the day. He is great at what he does. Keep up the good work Mr. Abromaitis."

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"I am very happy to say that my student currently has Mrs. Casper as his/her math teacher.  From day one, I have been impressed with her consistent communication.  She sends an email every Friday that details what will be happening the following week, and she always responds to my personal emails/calls very quickly.  Most importantly, Mrs. Casper does whatever it takes to help her students.  My student has benefited tremendously from Mrs. Casper's efforts and in talking with other parents of her students, I know he/she is not alone.  Thanks for all you do, Mrs. Casper!"


- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Mr. Lozer has been an inspiration to my son.  Max looks up to Mr. Lozer and listens to everything he says and trusts him.  He has worked harder than ever this past year and I believe it is because of Mr. Lozer's guidance.  We are very grateful for his hard work and dedication."

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"Mrs. Barker has gone above and beyond to work with my daughter this year on reading.  Alex has always struggled with reading and with Mrs. Barker's guidance I think she is making great progress.  She is always thinking of different ways to work with Alex which I think are really helping.  Alex loves going to school and has a great love for learning and I know Mrs. Barker is a huge part of that."

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"My son has Ms. Koloske and she is wonderful. Her kindness and sweet interaction with the students is great! My son loves her and loves how encouraging she is. She is always positive and happy and truly loves her students. Mr. Aalderks is amazing and his patience and attitude are outstanding! He I am an amazing teacher and is very dedicated to his students. My daughter loves having him for her last year in elementary school! All I can say is that she’s had an amazing experience in her 5th-grade class! 

We have had great experiences with so many teachers throughout the past years including Mrs. Neddef, Mr. A, Mrs. L, Mrs. Manderle, Mr. Lozer, Mrs. Ludwig, Mrs. Brown! Thanks to all the staff for your dedication! 

Mrs. Booth is an amazing principal! She is wonderful with the students, parents, and staff! It’s evident in the atmosphere that the staff loves to teach! I believe it begins with leadership. Mrs. Booth is very involved in getting to know the families and students personally and we appreciate her so much! We love Shepard Hills and the amazing staff!"

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"Mrs. DiVilio is an extremely caring and great teacher. My son was nervous about going to 4K and she made the transition as easy as could be. He loves learning thanks to her!!"


- Deerfield 4K Parent

 

"I would like to thank Mrs. Schmidt, a biology teacher at the high school, for consistently taking the extra steps to keep parents informed. She sends a weekly email to the parents detailing what the students have done and will be doing. This has helped tremendously as a parent. Now when I ask my son "what did you today?" or "Do you have homework?" he can't answer with the usual "nothing". Mrs Schmidt also sends out personal emails when a student falls behind and I appreciate her honesty and willingness to help solve whatever the problem may be. Thank you, Mrs. Schmidt, for making the parent/teacher relationship strong and unified and for really caring about our kids and their education! "

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Ms. Stieber has been such an involved and caring teacher from day one. She gives us snapshots of our kids days through Instagram. She incorporates coping strategies to address our children's emotional well being. I find her approach to learning innovative and fun for the kids. I volunteer regularly and see how each and every child has blossomed in reading, math, social skills, creative story telling. These children have truly learned how to express themselves under her guidance. Our children have been blessed to have her in their lives."

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"Mr. Krist and Mrs. Marshall go above and beyond the call of duty as advisors for Round Table Robotics and STEM Club! They put in countless hours behind the scenes, and are always willing to do whatever it takes to make sure EVERYTHING runs as smoothly as possible. Without them, RTR and STEM Club would not be as successful as it is."

- Community Member

 

"I wanted to send a shout out to the 6-2 house teachers at EMS. My daughter really enjoys middle school. It feels weird saying that, but it’s true! I was so worried about her transition to middle school because she can be on the shy side before she’s comfortable, but I shouldn’t have worried! She’s thriving and happy and I have the wonderful teachers in 6-2 to thank for that. My daughter said they are all fabulous! Mr. Schiffer makes science fun. Ms. Snifka gives her confidence and encourages her in her creative writing. Mrs. Westra makes her want to create the most detailed projects and Ms. Grim makes complicated math easy to understand. Those are quotes from a 12 year old. I just wanted to say thank you to all of the teachers and staff at EMS for making the transition from elementary school easy and positive. You are very much appreciated!"

- East Middle School Parent

 

"Mr. Schiffer is so awesome! My daughter absolutely loves her science class. She comes home each day with a new fun fact she learned in his class. He has a great sense of humor and makes learning so much fun! Thanks, Mr. Schiffer!!"

- East Middle School Parent

 

"Ms. Yerges is such an amazing teacher. She cares so much about her students, works extremely hard and her love for teaching shows daily in her classroom!  My daughter was so lucky to have her for K5 and she made such a difference in her education. So much so, that my daughter doesn’t want to leave her!!  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate her!!!!!"

- Carollton Parent

 

"I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the teachers in House 6-1 at EMS. Throughout the year these teachers have shown me many times how much they really care not only about the academic success of their students but their emotional well being too. Being in middle school can be just plain hard & these teachers have truly been there to guide & help my son. Thank you so much!"

- East Middle School Parent

 

"Shepard Hills staff is a group of wonderful people starting from when you walk into the school and get greeted by Kelly and Audrey, to Mrs. Booth to the amazing teachers. I have 2 daughters who have been attending school there for 4 years now. 

Mrs. L is a devoted, understanding, knowledgeable, caring individual that does so much for her students to learn what’s right from wrong, to speak their minds, and to use what they learn in school to help change their lives and the lives of others. Breezy LOVES going to school every morning knowing that she’s going to see Mrs. L. 

Mrs. Barriere is Kaylina’s teacher and I have nothing but great words for her beautiful soul. She always goes above and beyond for us. She is intelligent, inspiring, motivated, and encourages her students to think outside the box. Kaylina is so attached to Mrs. Barriere and has started to get emotional knowing that this school year is almost over. She isn’t just a teacher for Kaylina, she’s like a parent to her. 

Mrs. Booth is also an amazing principal that every school wish to have. She is very nice to all her students and does such a wonderful job keeping in touch with the parents. She always tries to resolve any situation that occurs to the best of her abilities. (We just moved to Franklin and I hope and pray that my girls will still be able to attend this school again next year). 

Thank you for giving our kids the advice that they need to make good decisions, for teaching the younger generation how they can shape the future, for showing the lost kids that there’s a bright future ahead of them, for making daily sacrifices for the good of the kids, for being committed to such a selfless profession, for helping parents like me breathe easier, and for being the best teacher any student could ever have. Thank you ever so much!"

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"Let me say for her only being here one year she's quite popular. I don't know if it's her quirky and outgoing attitude or ability to connect with students. She's always keeping her eye on you even if she's busy. She has over 2,000 students I don't know how she does it. Anyway thanks for being there for me even if you're busy 24/7 :) Stay positive Ms. Curry"

- OCHS Student

 

"Mrs. Benz is such an awesome kindergarten teacher! She is so caring and compassionate with all the children’s needs and knows how to teach them in a fun and interesting way."

- Deerfield Parent

 

"Not many people thank those who help you when it goes and gets tough, but one of the people who has helped me with school is Mrs. Labonte. She is a wonderful person everytime I go by her she helps me even if its just distracting me or even just letting me sit with her. The aura from her is strong - she could look at me and I'll instantly smile. Thank you for being there for me!"

- OCHS Student

 

"As a whole, Forest Ridge is phenomenal.  I cannot say enough about Miss Pearson and the special education teachers here.  They have helped our daughter so much that we can’t express our gratitude for all they have done.  The world would be a better place with more of these incredible educators teaching our kids.  Keep up the amazing work!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"Mrs. Moncada is a strong, persistent, caring person. She's always trying to encourage me to get to class on time and if theres a problem she helps problem solve. She's a straight to the point kind of person but that's because she's right. Mrs. Moncada thank you!"

- OCHS Student

 

"Lisa Kujawa is the teacher of all teachers. The Queen Bee of helping kids and making sure everyone gets what they need. She routinely spends early mornings, late nights, and even some weekends dedicated to the Oak Creek-Franklin School District and loves every second of it. There have been many teachers in this district who are fantastic with students, collaborative with staff, helpful to the community, selfless to their mission, or knowledgeable in their field but only a select few who can do it all every single day. Lisa is a one-of-a-kind member of this district and easily one of the most dedicated, hardworking, and loving people I know. Here's to you, momma! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!"


- Lisa's son

 

"My daughter was in Mr. Asala's class last year. My daughter is forever changed, you have made a huge impact in her life. Thank you for all you do! We talk about you quite often while eating dinner, my oldest son and daughter share stories about when they had Mr. Asala. You will always have a special place in our hearts and lives!"

- Edgewood Parent

 

"Mrs. Asala is an awesome 5th grade teacher. I didn[?]t have a kid in her class this year but my son who had her previously still talks about how she is one of his favorite teachers."

- Deerfield Parent

 

"Mrs. Timm has done an amazing job helping my daughter transition from 2nd to 3rd grade. The change in expectations and responsibility was a bit hard on her the first quarter but Mrs. Timm was there to guide her and reach out to me as well with suggestions on how to help her at home. Recently she started noticing a change in my daughter, which we were already aware of and working on, and she kept a closer eye on her and reached out with her concerns. To know that the person my child spends the most time with during the school day is watching out for her well-being as much as I would is incredibly comforting. Somehow in a busy 3rd grade day, she manages to get to know each and every one of her students and their personalities and notices when they might be having an "off" day. I truly feel that she genuinely cares about each and every kid she teaches as though they were one of her own. We will definitely miss her when moving on to fourth grade but I'm sure we will love our next teacher too!"

- Carollton Parent

 

"Mr. Aalderks' dedication to the 5th graders in the classroom and beyond is remarkable as he puts in a lot of time and effort to prepare for and chaperone the safety cadet D.C. trip every year. I'm so grateful that "Queen" had the opportunity to go this year. Thank you!"

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"Ms. Calvert has been an absolutely phenomenal counselor for my daughter. She is always there when she needs her and is quick to respond every time I reach out to her to check on my daughter. This year she has been having some issues outside of what we would expect and Ms. Calvert has gone above and beyond to assist her and myself through them. I seriously could never thank her enough for all that she does for our kids!"

- Carollton Parent

 

"Mrs. Shannon Rutter is such a fabulous teacher. She truly cares about her kids and challenges each of them in the different ways that they need it while being incredibly nurturing at the same time. She is also a wonderful person. Our family has gone through a lot this year with some unexpected health issues and she has genuinely and repeatedly offered her assistance in any way we needed it. In fact, I have to throw a shout out to the whole Meadowview staff. They have all been incredibly supportive to us during a very rough year. It truly feels like being part of a family. We love Meadowview!"

- Meadowview Parent

 

"Mrs. Borchert has been an incredible influence in our son's life.  We were transitioned from Forest Ridge to Edgewood and are amazed at how much she cares about the students.  There were several times I had to stop in her classroom in the morning before school in which she was always willing to help with any questions/concerns I had.  She always had a solution.  My son would be very lax when it came to him needing to show responsibility with his morning routines.  She was able to motivate him to be more responsible by making him checklists and through the use of dojos.  She knows what makes each child grow and progress toward the next grade. Thank you so much for everything Mrs. Borchert!"

- Edgewood Parent

 

"Hello everyone! I graduated from OCHS in 2014 and am about to graduate from UW-Whitewater. I just got a job at South Milwaukee High School and none of this would have been possible without so many of you. I cannot put into words the gratitude I have for the experience I had at Oak Creek. I hope I can inspire my students as you did for me."

- OCHS Alum

 

"I would like to recognize these wonderful teachers as well as the entire Special Needs staff and aides. As a parent of a Special Needs child that has gone through the school district and now into the Strides Program these individuals go above and beyond their duties as a teacher. These incredible individuals keep us informed, share special moments when they happen and are always accessible. The mental load they take off of us as parents worrying about our children and their well being cannot be quantified. I just want them to know how much they all mean to us and our children. Thank you so much for all you do!!"

- OCHS Parent

 

"My daughter had Mr. Vance first semester and still talks about him. She says he really cares about each student and is just a nice person."

- OCHS Parent

 

"Mrs. E is the best! She is such a wonderful teacher and always goes above and beyond in her classroom. Both of my children had her as a teacher and it is astounding how much they learned with her in such a short time. I love the creativity that she puts into setting up her classroom. She has the best centers/stations set up and the kids absolutely love them! Her and Mrs. Hampson make a great team and I am so grateful to have had them for my son's teachers."

- Salvation Army 4K Parent

 

"Ms. Haslbeck is the sweetest person and such an amazing teacher! I have had the opportunity to be in her classroom helping out and to see how she interacts with the students and what a wonderful teacher she is. She is always so positive and is always expressing how proud she is of her students. My daughter will be very sad to leave her classroom this year."

- Meadowview Parent

 

"My three children have all had Mrs. Henricks, and not only do my kids love her, but I do too. She has a constant smile on her face, and it’s genuine. Even when she’s disciplining kiddos, she’s smiling. If they fall asleep during rest, she gently rubs their back to wake them up. When the kids give her a run for her money, she smiles and says, “Ah, my labor of love.” My kids are no longer in kindergarten, but bring her name up often. So glad my kids got to start off their education with a teacher with such a big heart and positive attitude. Thank You Mrs. Henricks! We love you."

- Meadowview Parent

 

"I would like to thank Mrs. Flagge for helping to make our daughter’s first school experience so positive. Our daughter loves going to school, and just adores Mrs. Flagge and Mrs. B. We have been so pleased with all the social and academic growth our daughter has made. Thank you!"

- Forest Ridge 4K Parent

 

"Mrs. Ceaglske is amazing! My daughter had a very difficult time in kindergarten; she suffered from extreme anxiety and stress. It was a battle to even get her to school in the morning. Switch to first grade: she can't wait to go to school each day and even talks about it on the weekends! I believe this change occurred because of Mrs. Ceaglske and her great teaching style. My daughter is thriving and learning so much this year. Thank you, Mrs. Ceaglske for what you do each and every day for all your students. You improve lives each and every day!!"

- Carollton Parent

 

"Fuchs and Gregg’s band program is a class act. In addition to an inspiring music program, an inclusive environment and priceless travel opportunities, their straight forward and persistent demands for respectful behavior, accountability, good citizenship and academic priority produce decent and productive humans. These two teachers contribute so much good to the world I just can’t say enough. Thank you."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Miss Brehm is an amazing teacher. She is so patient and kind with each child. I love getting her updates on Class Dojo! The kids have so much fun in her class it makes it easy for them to learn. I can not say enough good things about her. She was made to be a teacher!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"We would like to give a shout out to Mrs. E , thank you for putting 100% in to your classroom daily. My daughter can’t get enough of school and always comes home with a smile on her face. Thank you for everything that you do! "

- Salvation Army 4K Parent

 

"As this 5th grade school year is coming to an end I just want to say how amazing all of you truly are at Edgewood. Every employee is the building is helpful, caring, and dedicated. Thank you for all you do for every child in that school."

- Edgewood Parent

 

"Mrs.Ruffolo you are an amazingly gifted teacher who without question loves her students!! Your positive, encouraging, supportive nature to help students work to their full potential is so evident in all that you do. What a special gift for a mom to receive emails pointing out special achievements that my child has made. You share in all the special times with our children and never disappoint in instilling in them a true love of learning!! We are grateful to have had you this year! "

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"I want to give a shout out to Mrs. Ruffolo. She is an amazing Kindergarten teacher and has taught my daughter so much this year! She eased my mind in the beginning of the school year when I anticipated transition problems and anxiety from my daughter starting a new routine. Mrs. Ruffolo helped my daughter be confident and excel! And that learning is fun!! I will be forever grateful.  "

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"I want to give a huge shout out to Anda Oxman AND Renee Carlson. Both have provided support for my child for years and we would be lost without them. They ALWAYS go above and beyond the call of duty - my kid is SUPER active!"

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"I cannot say enough about my daughter's teacher, Mrs. Phillips. She goes above and beyond to make sure my daughter succeeds. To hear Emily say on a daily basis, that she had an amazing day is so refreshing. Mrs. Phillips makes sure she stays engaged and even personalizes her daily learning to fit her needs. She's come up with great ideas in areas she struggles in, to avoid frustration and keep her loving school. Thank you Mrs. Phillips for being an outstanding teacher! You have made this school year so enjoyable for Emily :) "

- Carollton Parent

 

"I would like to thank Ms. Steibs and her wonderful FBLA students for a great State Conference. The FBLA Students were very welcoming, intelligent and the behavior was outstanding...it was the best chaperone experience I have had. Good luck at Nationals and Thank you for restoring my faith in young people....Kudos to all!!!"

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

 

Mrs. Rushing and her student"Ohhh...where do I even begin? 
My child was new to Carollton school this year (not new to the district). I was nervous about the potential struggles that he may have when dealing with this big of a change. From the first day I met Mrs. Rushing, (I showed up on an in-service day to introduce myself), I knew my son was going to have a great school year. She has the most positive, upbeat attitude no matter how challenging a circumstance may be. While she is fantastic at meeting the children's needs educationally, even more importantly (to me), she teaches her students kindness, respect and compassion as she works to build the classroom community. In addition, she keeps parents well-informed of the things happening in the classroom by sending out newsletters and posting pictures almost daily on Class Dojo. It makes me feel like I am more involved in my child's education by simply seeing what they are doing in class. I am able to ask my son about the various science activities, reader's theater presentations and much more. Finally, I genuinely appreciate how she goes the extra mile by challenging the students who are already proficient in a topic. My son loves to tell me all about "Genius Hour", and the amazing things he has learned during that time. I could not ask for a better teacher to foster my spunky spitfire's energy by engaging him in activities that are both challenging and fun! 
"

- Carollton Parent

 

"Ms. Biedenbender is the best teacher in the world. I never want to leave this class."

- Forest Ridge Student

 

"Mrs. Schmidt has not only been one of the most effective teachers I have had the privilege of working with, she is also one of the most dedicated teachers that my daughter has had. The weekly email updates have been very helpful, allowing parents the opportunity to discuss the weeks' lessons with their student at home. In addition, Mrs. Schmidt takes the time to connect with her students beyond simply teaching the classroom material. She shows compassion as she demonstrates her understanding that each student is unique and may require a different approach than other students in the classroom. As a result, students not only respect her, but feel a special connection with her as well."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Thank you, Ms. Fuchs and Mr. Gregg, for taking the band to Boston. Both of you went over and above for your students. This is something they will always remember."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"I would like to thank Principal Arata for his help in an ongoing situation with my child and two friends. When Mr. Arata learned that the three had been having trouble getting along he immediately took time to reach out and inform me as to what was going on. He also immediately met with all three students to help find a positive solution. I am very impressed to learn that Mr. Arata went a step further and has continued to meet with the students weekly to check in and continue to encourage positive and kind interactions. Thank you Mr. Arata for being a great role model and for truly caring!"

- Deerfield Parent

 


"As a Junior in High School, my son has had the pleasure of working with dozens of teachers throughout the district. One teacher, in particular, has made a huge impact on him and I just wanted to share. Mr. Comiskey is an excellent role model for our students and one that I know my son looks up to a great deal. He only had him first semester but it was a semester he will never forget. I have attached the photo my son posted on social media the last day of class so I wanted to share. Thank you Mr. Comiskey for putting your heart and soul into every day and finding the best inside
every student you teach."

- OCHS Parent

 

 

"Once again, I am completely overjoyed with the way that Ms. Thompson and Mr. Pontus handled a situation at East Middle School involving my child. Ms. Thompson and Mr. Pontus saw me immediately and the situation was handled almost instantaneously.

 

I understand that there is so much going on in our schools...things that I have no clue about for that matter, but they both made me know that they respected my feelings.

So, once again, kudos. I couldn't be more proud to have these two be the administrators of my children's' school."

- EMS Parent

 

"Shout out to Ms. Yerges for all your patience and communication, all the stories you have told, all the joy you bring to each and every one of your students. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher for our son's first year in school. He has grown and developed so much since school started. Thank you for all you do. You are truly amazing."

- Carollton Parent

 

"Mr. Lozer is truly one of a kind. I am so grateful that he has been a part of both of my kids' journey in life. He has made such a positive impact on both of them and we will be forever thankful. Thank you for all you do! We sure will miss you next year."

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"I want to say thanks for everything the high school and district has done on making coming back to school easier. I would have never thought in a million years I would ever be back in a classroom. The transitioning has been tough but with the help of the staff and great teachers its been a lot easier. Thanks to all of you!"

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"Huge shout out to an awesome teacher, Mrs. Ruffolo at Forest Ridge Elementary. She is an awesome teacher every day! She has taught our Eden so much this year. She reaches out to her students and connects with them in all ways and every day. She is consistent and available for them, and always shows how much she cares. When Eden has some rough days she will always be there to solve with compassion. Eden loves her days with Mrs. Ruffolo and comes home all smiles. She even wants to grow up and be a teacher like her! Thank you for all you do with these little ones, so glad we got to have you in Eden's school world!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

 

Ms. Franson with four students"Ms. Franson has done an amazing job leading the new program for the 4th and 5th grade personalized learning classes. She has been a tremendous leader for both classes, and has done so much work for the Challenge of the Books. I look forward to the weekly kids blog that the kids post online. It is such a creative way for the kids to practice writing. Thank you to Ms. Franson for all her work!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"Ms. Brehm brings so much creativeness and fun to the classroom and learning. She does such incredible job communicating updates for the classroom and the school. I love seeing all the great pictures and updates via Dojo on what the kids are doing in the classroom. She really goes above and beyond and we are lucky to have her for a teacher!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"Mrs. Timm's enthusiasm teaching is instilling a love for learning in my son. He loves to talk about history and geography every day when he gets home and wants to continue research on his own. Thank you for your inspiration and patience, Mrs. Timm!"

- Carollton Parent

 

"Ms. Edminster is a caring teacher who truly connects with all her students and parents. She knows them as a learner as well as what they enjoy outside of her classroom. And best of all she keeps learning FUN for her students."

- Carollton Parent

 

 

"I want to recognize Mrs. Magana’s efforts towards furthering art education in the elementary area. I have been an art sub for her and she continues to inspire young students to create quality art!!"

- Community Member/Carollton Sub

 

"Mrs. Borchert has made our transition to K-5 a remarkable success. I have had the joy of volunteering in her class and I appreciate the way she interacts with students. She is patient, kind, and firm (when she needs to be). She is a joy to be around, both for students and parents. My son loves telling me all of her "catch phrases" like "great balls of fire." She left class one day early and my son stated that was the saddest part of his day. I appreciate how quick she replies to messages and how much she obviously loves her job."

- Edgewood Parent

 

"Nancy is absolutely amazing caring for my daughter who has Type 1 Diabetes. Since her diagnosis the weekend before school started in September 2016, Nancy has been completely positive with every aspect of my daughter's school experience, from making sure she has a T1D educated staff member on each field trip (including the art docent program) to being an understanding ear for both my daughter and I. Nancy has come up with ways to not only make my daughter comfortable every day but I'm comfortable and confident having Nancy's care. I cannot thank Nancy, Carrollton, and the school district enough for making this a normal school experience for my daughter."

- Carollton Parent

 

Thank you, Mrs. Barriere, for challenging our son in subjects he loves. Gavin has really been enjoying this year! Thanks for all you do!

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"My daughter won a community service award. Mr. Petre helped me pull off the surprise event for my daughter. He helped me with a "story" to get my daughter back to school. He then let us in to the building at a different entrance so that my daughter would not see anyone or any cars that she knows. He then escorted us to the ceremony. My daughter was surprised. I could not of gotten her back to the school without his help. Thank you."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 


Mr Weiss presenting an award to a student"Mr. Weiss called me to tell me that my daughter won a community service award. He wanted to make the ceremony a surprise for my daughter. After picking out a time that worked for all of us, he planned the event, emailed invites and brought treats. All I had to do was bring my daughter. Thank you for making this a special event for her. She was surprised."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"I have a daughter in 5th grade and son in 3rd. I volunteer there (at Forest Ridge) every week, and can say that this school's staff are absolutely amazing. Mr. Mittag is wonderful as well as the school secretaries. My children's teachers, as well as the other teachers I've encountered, are nothing but supportive and caring. The encouragement they give to the students is outstanding! And most importantly, safety and organization is top notch. Keep up the great work Forest Ridge Staff!!!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"Mrs. Wallin is always so positive with her biology classes and is always eager to review multiple times, answer any questions we have, or learning in new and creative ways. Her positivity throughout the day is something I will never forget about her. She’s kind and comes around one by one making sure we understand what we’re learning which is something that no other teacher I have does. Thank you for everything you do, Mrs. Wallin!"

- OCHS Student

 

Ms. Shadd with four students

"Ms. Shadd has been an incredible teacher for my daughter this year. From the moment you meet her, you can instantly tell how much she cares for her students. She sends home notes, utilizes Class Dojo and effectively communicates with parents and students. She has gone above and beyond by attending my daughter's dance competition (on a non school day) to support her. Several students also participated in the OCHS Poms Kiddie Clinic and she came to support them on a cold, rainy Friday night in the Fall. Daily my daughter says something great about her and how much fun she has in class. OCFSD has amazing teachers and Ms. Shadd is definitely one of them."

- Cedar Hills Parent

 

"These teachers (Mrs. Simmons & Mrs.

Biedenbender

) are great! My son has grown academically and maturity wise with Mrs. Simmons. She has great communication. My son loves her class so much! My daughter could not be happier this year with Mrs.

Biedenbender

. What a great way to end her elementary experience! Both children have a new excitement for learning and excelling in their academics."

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"Mr. Petre communicates frequently via email, which helps me, as a parent, stay on top of what's coming up in assignments, assessments, etc...It helps me stay informed. He's the only teacher who does this and I appreciate it. I recently emailed him to let him know that."
- OCHS Parent

 

"My daughter Emerson is in Mrs. Daily's classroom, and she just absolutely loves her (and Mrs. Weins too.) I am impressed with the way that Mrs. Daily sets expectations for the students both academically and socially. She also provides strategies for the students to help reach the expectations. My husband and I are amazed at how much our daughter is learning this year.

Mrs. Daily also does an amazing job of communicating with the parents. She sends home weekly newsletters and pictures that I look forward to reading each week. It helps me talk to my daughter about her school week. Mrs. Daily also responds quickly to any parent contact. I had a concern about an incident that happened when Mrs. Daily was absent. She not only took my concern seriously, but followed through with me right away the next day.

Emerson is so lucky to have Mrs. Daily as her teacher. I am so grateful for all that she does to help her students love learning. It means the world to us that our daughter is having such an amazing start to her school career."

-4K Parent

 

"It was wonderful to have Mrs. Goedel in the 4k classrooms this fall. I loved her approach with the children. It was refreshing to see an educator have expectations of the students and actually hold the children accountable. I'm grateful that my son had the opportunity to have Mrs. Goedel in his class, even if it was only briefly. It feels great to know that someone else saw the immense potential in my son and encouraged him to be his best.I wish she could have stayed at Deerfield. It is obvious to me that Mrs. Goedel has many years of experience. The next class that gets her is incredibly lucky to have her."

-4K Parent

 

"Linda Smukalla is always very friendly and helpful no matter if I call in to the Office or stop by."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Mr. Petre sends a weekly email to parents stating what students worked on in class and what assignments and/or expectations are coming up the next week. I love the weekly emails. I know exactly what to ask my son about concerning Math class. The emails allow me to tailor my questions and have more beneficial conversations with my son. Plus, I can gauge my son's progress because know due dates, etc. ahead of time. Mr. Petre is the only teacher who communicates with weekly emails and I appreciate the effort so much."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Mr. Mike is always there to help and the other day went beyond the call of duty. While waiting to pick my daughter up from school I didn't realize I left my headlights on and was charging my phone and my car was not running. Well after grabbing my 5th grader and returning to the car it wouldn't start. Mr. Mike graciously drove his Jeep around and gave my car a jump so I didn't have to wait an hour for AAA to show up. Thanks for always being there to help!!!"

- Edgewood Parent

 

I wanted to express my appreciation to one of our fine teachers at the high school Ms. Danielle Stiebs. Ms. Stiebs teaches my son in Personal Finance. From the beginning she has tweaked his financial interest while teaching this class. The information is so relevant to what he is experiencing both now and in the near future. My wife and I love how we can have deeper conversations about life/finances through this class.

Second I took a Google Classroom class from Ms. Stiebs this summer during the Summer Academy. I learned some great tools that I have used in my google experiences. I have used Google Sheets to come up with a grade book for my students at Deerfield. I had many questions as I was working on this project during the summer and this fall. Ms. Stiebs was always willing to help.

These two separate experiences with Ms. Stiebs have helped me as a parent and a professional. Because of her teaching she is making Oak Creek a better place.

-High School Parent

 

"I just wanted to quickly recognize Ms. Bridget Ashenhurst and Ms. Mary Pratt. They both have my son in their respective classes. My son was giving us all a run for our money to start this school year. They have each called me after hours and sent me emails showing my husband, my son and I just how much they really care about our son's success.

With all the darkness going on lately I just wanted to show a bit of sunlight and let them be recognized for their dedication. We couldn't be more happier with them.

Our son has started to make improvements and it truly seems that they care just as much as we do."

-East Middle School Parent

 

"Huge kudos to Oak Creek Franklin School district for conducting school safety and crisis management procedures with the Peaceful Warrior Training program. I read about in The Blueprint and was very impressed. It is a tough issue to acknowledge, but it is also a realistic issue that needs to be addressed for everyone's safety. I feel safer knowing my kids are surrounded by staff who have training on this. Thank you for going above and beyond for student and staff safety!"

-Oak Creek Parent

 

"Mr. Engebretson often encouraged his students to join our highschool's German Exchange program. During my senior year, I took the opportunity to house an exchange student for two weeks, then I also ceased the opportunity to go live with my exchange student and attend school with her and travel to a few countries. This was one of the best experiences that was ever offered to me; I have memories that will last forever. I've also made a life long friend, and have reconnected with my exchange student outside of the program."

-Oak Creek High School Student

 

"Ms.Biedenbender the best teacher in the whole entire world! She is so nice she does a lot of fun stuff for 2017-2018 class"
 

-Forest Ridge Student

 

"I am currently a student who is in 7th grade. Last year I had the privilege of working with an amazing educator Mrs. Murphy. She was a specialist teacher that was frequently in the language arts classroom, and was always there ready to help. Mrs. Murphy, and Mrs. Vance helped grow and expand my love and knowledge in reading and writing more in a year than most others could probably achieve in 3. She would often go out of her way to help students with essays and assignments so we could utilize our potential to the fullest. I appreciate Mrs. Murphy more than imaginable.

There are nice teachers, good teachers, and then there are great ones."
 

-East Middle School Student

 

"This was a tough year for our daughter. When we asked Katie to help out and boost her confidence Katie did more than that. She would stop our daughter in the hallway just to say Hi, invite her to help out in her class, encourage her to believe in herself and supported her in ways she may never understand. When we ask our daughter who her safe people are at school, Mrs. Franecki is always a name she gives us. Thank you Katie from the bottom of our hearts for all you do each day and for helping our daughter out. Our hope is only that we will some day be able to repay you for your kindness."

-Forest Ridge Parent

 

"This was a tough year for our daughter. When we asked Sabrina to help out and boost her confidence she did just that. Sabrina hosted lunch with our daughter and provided her a safe and fun place to be. We appreciate that when called upon you did not hesitate and jumped right in to help and support our daughter. We will be forever grateful for all you did and continue to do!"

-Forest Ridge Parent

 

"This was a tough year for our daughter. When we asked Liz to provide support to our daughter she did not hesitate. She knew our daughter loved to read and was great at working with younger children. She offered her a special job of being an end of the day reader. Our daughter loved this job and found a passion for reading to the children in Liz's class. Thank you Liz for seeing her strength and giving her voice again. We will forever be grateful for the belief you breathed into her last year."
 

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"This was a tough year for our daughter. When we asked Mrs. Shannon Gensler to help out and boost her confidence Shannon did just that. Working with our daughter in 2nd grade Shannon knew her strengths and passions. She would often check in with her during the day, or around lunch, give her hugs and positive words of encouragement. We will forever be grateful for the extra attention she offered to our daughter to help her through this difficult time. We hope that we can pay it forward just as you have. THANK YOU!"

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"Mr. Asala has done so much for me that I can't even explain what he has done for me. Mr. Asala has made such an impact on my life it is unbelievable. I wish that I could explain what he has done for me but if I did you would be reading this for the rest of your life. I would like to thank Mr. Asala so much."


- Edgewood Elementary Student

 

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