Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District

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"Mr. Aaron Kugel has been such an amazing and down-to-earth teacher who not afraid to show that he cares about his students. I would like to thank you Mr. Kugel for being there for me and for being the best teacher you possibly be. I miss you." 

- OCHS Student

 

"Ms. Venancio_ She is always sending me encouraging words that help me feel positive about my work. I find the way she teaches makes me want to learn and work harder. She is my favorite teacher!"

- OCHS Student

 

"Mr. Petre. I love Math and his teaching approach makes me love it more!"

- OCHS Student

 

"Mr. Fidler makes learning fun for the kids.  Jackson loves going to social studies and Mr. Fidler knows how to reach the 6th graders.  He cares about his students and it’s a privilege to have him at East!  All the teachers at East do a phenomenal job!" 

- EMS Parent

 

"I would like to give a district shout out to our amazing Cedar Hills instructional aides, (Don Markiewicz, Nahed Abdelhafez, Anna Torres, Jodi Santiago, Jackie Yurk, Becky Wiedower, & Lisa Lisowski) who helped take down our entire school art show! They sorted and organized each of the artworks by student in order to pack them for student pick up at the end of the year! Every inch of our school was covered in artwork for our art show that took place on March 6th, the week just before school closed! Our amazing instructional aides spent countless hours taking such great care of over 1200 artworks for our Cedar Hills students!  They even packaged over 150 3D artworks as well! Our incredible instructional aides are exceptional throughout the entire school year and came through, once again, to help our school community! They are such valuable members of our school and we are all so grateful for their continued help and support during our time at home." 

- Cedar Hills Staff

 

"Ms. Yerges is such a great teacher and communicates so well with my son and, even me, when necessary during the day! Especially now, with the virtual learning we are having to do, she is doing everything possible to help out any way she can! You can tell she really loves the children she teaches! Thank you, Ms. Yerges, for everything you do! You are so awesome :)"

- Carollton Parent

 

"All- thank you all for your hard work during these trying times. I feel Oak Creek staff has gone above and beyond with virtual learning. I feel as parent, my child is still getting what she needs to ensure a great education. Oak Creek was on top of all communications to families from the start of this and I appreciate that. Thank you."

- OCHS 9th Grade Center Parent

 

"Mrs. Barczak is a fantastic music teacher!  Our daughter loves music class and has brought music class into our home.  That is a testament to Mrs. Barczak's engaging class.  Mrs. Barczak is also always friendly, volunteering her time, and creating memorable moments through music concerts, such as the Veteran's Day assembly.  Thank you, Mrs. Barczak!

- Edgewood Parent

 

"I would like to recognize Mr.Fassbender because last year I had to move schools and it was stressful and Mr. Fassbender made it a lot easier to adjust, he is always nice to me and he is a really great person!! I wish every teacher was Mr. Fassbender!! You’re the best!!😁😁"

- WMS Student

 

"We are so happy our daughter has Mrs. Sowinski for a teacher!  Mrs. Sowinski has a warm and inviting classroom, and because of that, our daughter looks forward to coming to school each day.  Thank you, Mrs. Sowinski, for your dedication to your students and for making learning fun!  We appreciate you." 

- Edgewood Parent

 

"Mr. Petre has been wonderful in helping my daughter in her Algebra 2/Trig class. He is always there to help her understand assignments or new topics. I appreciate how he tries to make it fun for the kids, adding fun facts or telling jokes. If virtual learning has taught ME anything, it's that I know it's not easy to reach kids at this age, but his attempts show his willingness to make learning a bit more fun."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Mrs. Thill has spent a lot of time in preparation for virtual school! All of the teachers have put in an extreme amount of effort and support in the school and at home. We appreciate them! Thank you! You are the best! Keep up the great work." 

- Edgewood Parent

 

"Mr. Hluchnik has immediately cleared/answered all of my questions that I had, and he has been very helpful with helping adjust to the new virtual learning experience!"

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"I had a hard time freshman year Mr. Loomis helped me, then Mr. Rinehart and he was my biggest advocate. He introduced me to so many wonderful people. Now finishing my senior year with Ms. Moncada who always pushes me to do my very best. All of the case managers are amazing I've interacted with them all and I can't think of any negative things not even with this year's newest Mr. Arens even though I give him a hard time, he is a great person and tries to make the best of everything. Thank you all so so much! I'll miss you all!" 

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"Ms. Pacetti and Mr. Dubbs have been really kind to students, and helped spread a lot of positivity during these times through different ways, like “Kudos Friyay” and “Virtual positivity board”! They really help cheer students up!"

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"Mrs. Gensler has been amazing with our little Man. He has his own personal struggles and she has helped him become more independent and words can't Express how much he loves her and Misses her." 

- Forest Ridge Parent

 

"Ms. Piper is honestly one of the best teachers I have ever had the pleasure to know. Every time I walk into her class I'm greeted so nicely and feel welcomed. She treats all the students like we're her co-workers. Not students. She has played a big role in my high school experience because she's been here with me through it all. Honestly, I see her more as a friend and someone I can talk to than a teacher. She makes everyone feel good about themselves and always has a good learning environment and teaching style. I'm thankful to have had her for Biology and wish her luck with her future students. "

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"Ms. Brooks is caring and super understanding." 

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Shout out for Mr. Weiss. For being there for us. In this hard time."

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"I want to give a shout out to Mr. Lozer for being a fabulous 5th grade teacher. He's been a kind and patient role model, and I believe he's made a big difference to my daughter. Even though we didn't physically finish the year in school, he's been consistent and has made good on a promise to get my daughter ready for middle school. Thank you Mr. Lozer!" 

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"Ms. V (Ms. Venancio) is always so helpful with whatever we may need. She is a good listener, very patient, and an overall great person."

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"Thank you, Mrs. Bellaire!! You were doing a great job in the classroom and you’ve done an awesome job adjusting to virtual learning! You’re still keeping the fun in learning for the kids and I definitely appreciate that!! I’m sure all your students miss you as much as my son does!!" 

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"Ms. Schmidt is an outstanding teacher! She goes out of her way to help students that are struggling without making them feel different or less than. She balances this with also giving praise to those students that do good work. She is a well-balanced, outstanding teacher! One of the great ones!"

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Mrs. Posda is such an amazing person. She has gone completely above and beyond to keep my son on track this year. He has made such incredible progress academically this school year and she has been doing her best to keep him on that path since going to virtual learning. Thank you so much for everything you do!" 

- Carollton Parent

 

"Thank you, Mrs. Hennessy, for your patience and guidance with my monster this year. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher for him. He may not say it but I know he misses you very much. Thank you for being you and always seeing the best in him."

- Carollton Parent

 

"Ms. Palatino, I'm not even sure where to begin. We would be lost without you. Thank you for always knowing what to do with my monsters. You have helped my boys grow so much over the years, I honestly don't know how we would have gotten through some of these times without you. Even in this crazy period, you continue to provide exceptional love and support to my kiddos and I can't thank you enough for loving them almost as much as I do. We are so blessed to have you in our lives." 

- Carollton Parent

 

"Shout out to the entire Cedar Hills Staff for helping my child in getting to a point where he is today. Special Shoutout to his past teachers, Ms. Shadd, Ms. Reese, and his present teacher Ms. Weisbrod. Big Thanks to the IEP staff who spent numerous hours in scaling my child up to where he should be. Last but not the least, shout out to Mr. Ruffolo for being the nicest and the most approachable Principal. Keep it up Cedar Hills, you truly deserve the Blue Ribbon recognition!"

- Cedar Hills Parent

 

"A shout out to Mr. Nachtigal for helping his student athletes keep sharp during this Pandemic. Coach Nach cares about his student athletes and it shows. Oak Creek is fortunate to have him as a teacher and as a coach."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Ms. Duchateau is so, so organized between all 3 of her social studies classes. She takes time out of her day to help us improve our scores, even if by a few points. She always checks in on her students and cares deeply about us, even if it is not school related. She sends out several reminders on Google Classroom so that it's impossible to forget about assignments and when they're due. She has been a really great teacher with amazing feedback and support during the closure of schools and understands how hard it is on everyone. She makes learning government a lot easier for me. She definitely will not be a teacher I forget!"

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"Mrs. Linares is one of the most dedicated teachers I've ever had! You can really tell how much she loves her job and how much she wants you to succeed. She's always going above and beyond to help her students, and make class fun!" 

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

 

"Mr. Petre is an awesome teacher! My 8th grader has him for Algebra 2/Trig and she is doing very well thanks to his encouragement. Going to the NGC as an 8th grader can be intimidating, but Mr. Petre made this transition comfortable and gives his students confidence to be successful. He takes the time to inform parents of what students are learning and you can tell he loves what he does! Thank you, Mr. Petre, for all you do for your students!"

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Mr. Dubbs and Ms. Pacetti have been doing the absolute most to stay positive for all choir students during this situation by continuing the morning meetings to stay connected to each other, and by finding new ways to keep us singing together, even if we can't physically." 

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"Ms. Liegler wished me a happy birthday and she's making the lessons really understandable and easy to complete."

- East Middle School Student

 

"Ms. White has been one of the most supportive people I have ever met. I appreciate everything she has done for us."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"Ms. Ferg is always such a positive person in the classroom. She is not just a teacher but also a great friend! My APLANG class and the time I had in journalism club are some of my favorite high school memories! Thanks for the great times Ms. Ferg!"

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"I miss Ms. Retzlaff and I miss talking to her every day. she would always make me laugh and brighten up my day, miss you Ms. R!" 

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"I was so happy to find out Ms. E would be my daughter's kindergarten teacher! The first year Ms. E taught at Carollton, my oldest daughter was in her class so it's only fitting that my last child passing through Carollton would have her as well. My daughter is a happy, outgoing, and a very friendly child so I was surprised and concerned that she wasn't adjusting well to school. Ms. E went above and beyond to find different ways to help my daughter. Ms. E has helped calm her anxiety and find new ways to deal with her feelings and how to work through them.
Ms. E genuinely cares about her students so much. I wish they could finish out the school year together. I cannot thank Ms. E enough for the happiness and positivity she's brought to my girls!

Everyone remembers their kindergarten teacher ❤"

- Carollton Parent

 

"Mrs. Lueneburg is a compassionate and spectacular teacher. She goes above and beyond for her students. We are so grateful our son had you as his teacher. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do."

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"I think you guys are doing an amazing job with keeping parents informed during this pandemic crisis. It cannot be easy to juggle the logistical and emotional nightmares you must be going through right now. Please know it is not going unnoticed and we're eternally grateful for your work."

- Deerfield Parent

 

"I’ve been in classes, plays, and a musical with Ms. Retzlaff and it’s been absolutely amazing! She has a way of teaching that is extremely fun! She cares about every student she has and it shows with everything she does! She’s a perfectionist, but everything she does turns out perfect. She’s an amazing teacher and director and I’m so happy I have one more year to work with her!"

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"Ms. Pacetti and Mr. Dubbs are the most caring teachers I’ve ever had! During this virtual learning period, they are always checking in on us, and trying to find amazing ways we can make music together! They are the most dedicated teachers and if you work with them, even for one day, you know that they care about every single student they have and will help you through anything! They are fantastic!"

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"Ms. Kubicek is one of the best teachers I have ever had! I’m not the greatest at math and whenever I have a question on a math problem (even if it’s a little bit dumb) she will help me and try to figure out my thought process. During this virtual learning thing, I didn’t understand how she got an answer to a math problem. We scheduled a google meet and we figured it out together. She is kind, smart, caring for others, and extremely helpful!"

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"During these trying times for everyone, Mrs. Huber's and Coach Majors have reached out to my son to make sure everything is ok and if there is any way they can help.  It's wonderful to see teachers that care enough to go above and beyond for their students. A student's high school experience is a lot about friendships, but also about the connections they make with teachers and coaches.  Keep up the great work, we appreciate you all."

- Oak Creek High School Parent

 

"This is a shout out to all the staff at DO, building administrators, and B&G employees. We are working in an unprecedented situation right now and the response from administration and all of the support staff has been nothing short of phenomenal. They are putting in extra hours sending and responding to emails with concerns from staff and families alike. They have never stopped thinking about the students and their families. I could not be more lucky to work for and have a child enrolled in our district. Thank you everyone working so hard to maintain as much normalcy as possible!"

- OCFSD Parent

 

"Ms. Flanagan not only listens to parents, but she hears what they are saying. The support that she provides to not only her students, but their parents as well is invaluable and greatly appreciated. We are so thankful to have someone working with our son who is just as excited as we are when he is successful and tackles obstacles and barriers head on as they present themselves. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!!"

- Shepard Hills Parent

 

"Mrs. Timm has been a truly dedicated teacher to our son. He has his moments where he can be quite difficult, but she doesn't judge or get frustrated. He has learned a great deal in her class this year! I want to say thank you for her taking the extra time to always help him, contact us, and be a wonderful asset to Carollton Elementary!! Thank You!!"

- Carollton Parent

 

"She may not always be available but Ms. Leannais always tries to make time to listen to what's going on. While she goes from meeting to meeting she'll check in with students and she talks to those who may need some reminders on how to behave. Adolescents aren't the easiest but with her helping, it does help I'm glad to have her in my corner at school, otherwise I'm not sure how far my education may have been. Thank you, Ms. Leannais:)"

- High School Student

 

"Mrs. Henneberry has been so awesome with my 3 year old currently in her speech therapy program. She diagnosed him with Apraxia of Speech and in just a short 5 months, he has improved tremendously!!! She is the nicest most genuine teacher I have dealt with for him."

- Edgewood Parent

 

"I just want to say thanks to all my wonderful colleagues at Edgewood. They are a great group of caring, thoughtful and hard working staff. I am proud and grateful to be working with my friends."

- Edgewood Staff Member

 

"Ms. E has a heart of gold. She loves each of her students as her own and will go above and beyond to see each of them succeed. In the beginning of the year she made sure to meet with Parents and wanted to know about my Son (what an amazing teacher- I don't know any teacher that does that!) She has a very inviting classroom for a fun place to learn. My son has already had the chance to participate in 2 in-class activities that he still talks about today. Lifelong memories that he will have forever! Ms. E has also been receptive and takes the time out of her busy schedule for any parental concerns I have. Thank you Ms. E for always making time for communication! She knows my son and how he ticks. Thank you Ms. E for being an amazing teacher to my child and his friends/classmates and making learning FUN! I am forever grateful and so is my husband!"

- Carollton Parent

 

"Shout out to all of the amazing school psychologists who I have the privilege to work with! You are some of the most dedicated, caring, and passionate people that give your everything to better the district, our schools, and most importantly our students! Happy School Psychology Awareness Week and thank you for all you do!"

- Oak Creek-Franklin Staff Member

 

 

"I was invited to a Fall Choral Music Concert by my granddaughter on October 24th. The music chosen for the concert was beautiful and I enjoyed the gift of their voices by so many talented students.  Many thanks to the Conductors and the Accompanist who shared their love of music for all whose lives they touched!"

- Oak Creek High School Grandparent

 

"Ms. Pacetti and Mr. Dubbs are the most dedicated teachers I have ever had. You can tell how much they love their job and how much time and effort they put into working with us. They work so hard on making us advanced singers and making the choir room a safe place."

- Oak Creek High School Student

 

"Mr. T-Bob does an awesome job engaging the kids. My daughter came home from school telling me about the VR glasses they used to learn about cells. She thought it was really cool! I love that he does things to make biology interesting to young kids."

- Oak Creek High School Parent 

 

"Mr. Pontus always puts his students first! He's an exceptional leader who shows boundless energy and passion for what he does. He makes sure students feel cared for, safe, and nurtured in order to get them on the right track to begin to learn."

- Forest Ridge Staff Member

 

"Well Happy Principals Month!! Mrs. Rezner always has a smile on her face, gives pleasant responses to questions and was even present at Friday's Halloween Bash, checking out all the cool costumes and chatting with people. She really seems to care about the students and families."

- Meadowview Parent

 

"Debbie went above and beyond at the close of last year and over the summer assisting with a number of modifications to the Infinite Campus portal. It made the changes in our family structure more bearable! She was diligent in following up to ensure all changes were made correctly & prior to the start of the new school year in Sept."

- Oak Creek-Franklin Parent

 

"Josh Dewsenberry is always polite and helpful in our discussions and emails. He has a positive attitude and never makes you feel like you are imposing on his time! Thanks Josh."

- Oak Creek-Franklin Staff Member 

 

"StaceyMcKendry keeps her cool when working with difficult parents. She seeks resolution to problems without alienating relationships that have been built."

- Oak Creek High School Staff Member

 

"Kim Leannis is a positive asset in our building. She is great at building relationships with staff, students and parents. She is always looking for ways to improve our school."

- Oak Creek High School Staff Member

 

"Happy Principals month, Ted Lambrukos! Thank you for all your efforts with our most needy students."

- Oak Creek High School Staff Member

 

"Happy Principals month! Thank you for always being available. You do a great job."

- Oak Creek High School Staff Member

 

"I just want to give a HUGE shout out to Ms. Labonte, Ms. Curry, and Ms. Gorzek. They have helped me so much with everything and continue to help me. They have made such a difference in my life and the way I think and react to situations. They are always patient and caring and make time for people even if their day is already full. They try and do ANYTHING they can to help people and do whatever they can to make it better or find a solution. I just cannot believe how amazing, caring, strong, and just overall kind people they are. Thank you so much!!"

- Oak Creek High School Student

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