Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District

Mrs. Jean goes above and beyond when it comes to keeping my son on track and making sure he is working to the best of his abilities. Even through Covid and online learning, she always goes the extra mile to make herself available to the students for extra help and make sure they are keeping on track. Thank you Mrs. Jean for the great job you do in teaching Math and making these kids successful! - East Middle School Parent

I would like to give Mr. Marzion a shout out because he makes class enjoyable, likes to have fun, is great at his job and helps us when we need and makes it easily understandable. - East Middle School Student

I would like to recognize Mrs. Stein because she is always so nice and caring. She is like a mom at school. - East Middle School Student

Mrs. Ellifson is my child's K4 teacher. She has been amazing. Miss E had been blessed with abundant of creativity. Miss E makes all the seasons very fun with imagination at Christmas she hosted a Christmas virtual Christmas story time it was In the evening all the kids could where pajamas and eat cookies while listening to stories Santa clause showed up all the kids loved this. She also got all her kids a book , a snack and rain deer food. During virtual time she had always smiled at her kids. She adores her students and loves teaching. Mrs. Torres completes her - they are the perfect team. - Cedar Hills Elementary School Parent

My daughter loves going to school everyday. My husband and I would like to thank the following staff. Our daughter says how much she learns from Mrs. Castro, Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Henneberry, Speech Pathologist, Ms. Bagatta, Art teacher, and Ms Barczak, Music teacher. She talks about different content she has learned, but also your love and kindness. Our daughter developed a medical condition. Thank you Ms. Lindsay Packer, Secretary, for taking our phone calls and helping us with paperwork. Lastly, we would like to thank the staff in food services. Our daughter enjoys lunch everyday. Thank you to everyone for pouring your love and kindness into our daughter and other students as well. - Edgewood Elementary School Parent

My husband and I are so grateful for Mrs. Behnke, Special Education Teacher, Ms. Tina Krimmer, Occupational Therapist, and Ms Tracy Stouffer, Speech Pathologist. Our daughter was diagnosed with autism and this amazing staff worked with her two years. She loves going to school and has grown so much. Thank you for your knowledge, skills, love, kindness, and compassion! - Deerfield Elementary School Parent

To Mrs. V, Mrs. Sorrel, Tina, Tracy and Mrs Behnke! This group of ladies are absolutely amazing! They have helped my son so much in the nearly three years he’s been in the EC program. We absolutely love having them as his educators! They love our son, and he loves them. - Deerfield Elementary Parent

Mrs. Duerkop is a blessing for first grade teaching. My son struggles with emotions and getting frustrated easily, but Mrs. Duerkop was able to recognize it (even virtually) so that she could help him in the way he needed. He loves going to her class everyday and I know it's because of the relationship she has with her students. Thank you for everything you do day in and day out. It makes a difference in so many ways and doesn't go unnoticed! #ThankYou #Mrs.DuerkopRocks - Carollton Elementary School Parent

I wanted to take a moment to "shout out" Mrs. Daniels. My daughter struggles sometimes with shouting out, staying on track & keeping focus. Mrs. Daniels holds her accountable, gives her goals and challenges her in the ways she needs. Her structured approach and clear lines of communication make a big difference for my daughter! She's a teacher that truly cares about her students and it shows up in a big way. I'm blessed she was my daughter's teacher this year & will keep my fingers crossed my son gets her too! #OneOfAKind #WeNeedMoreMrs.Daniel's! - Carollton Elementary School Parent

This is a shout-out to Dani Palm, Steve Anderson, Chris Bennin, Lana Zimmerman, all the OC Virtual teachers, van drivers, IT support who worked on any of the moving parts to have students come into the Oak Creek Community Center for Forward Exam testing. The end result made it look easy, but I know a lot of work went into the organization and planning. - OCFSD Staff Member

I just want to say how amazing Ms. Dorlack is. She has been such a blessing for Dean this year. Even virtually, she managed to keep him engaged and (mostly) on task which isn't easy even in person. Anyone who knows Dean knows how, let's say, spirited and free thinking he is. Ms. Dorlack has managed to connect with him in a way not many have been able to do. We've been very lucky with most of his teachers during his school career and we are definitely blessed to have had Ms. Dorlack added to that list. Thank you for taking the time to really "get" Dean. We appreciate everything you do for him. - Carollton Elementary School Parent

This is long overdue, but Patty Lee is always a help when it comes to answering my questions in regards to purchasing. She keeps me in the loop and works with me until the things are resolved. Thank you Patty for all you do! I also want to thank Josh Dewsenberry for all your help with Skyward. Don't know what we'd do without you! - OCFSD Staff Member

I would love to give a shout out to the entire Meadowview Elementary staff! They have been rockstars throughout virtual learning and are truly giving 110% since the students have returned to school in-person. Besides being stellar educators and dedicated support staff members, they have done such a great job of implementing and enforcing the safety standards/mitigating procedures and have done so with compassion and care. My child was hesitant to return to in-person learning, but the staff has done such a good job to make the students feel welcome, safe, comfortable, and cared for. I'm especially impressed with the care that goes into getting every child to their parent safely at dismissal time, even in sub-zero temps. We are so lucky to have this school of amazingly dedicated people in our district! -Meadowview Elementary Parent

Virtual snow day and Ms. Danko still has students engaged and learning! AWESOME! - Meadowview Elementary Parent

Mrs. Ashenhurst is so kind and patient whether it be virtual or in person learning. We hear her while teaching virtual and she takes the time to listen to all her students and makes sure they all understand the lessons being taught. She also allows time for the students to connect with one another. That is a huge part missing while in virtual learning and Mrs. Ashenhurst brings her students together and they all seem excited to learn with her! Thank you for going that extra mile with your students and connecting with them. - East Middle School Parent

We are beyond grateful that our daughter has been in Mrs. Asala's class this year! She was wonderful for our oldest son a few years back but has really gone above and beyond her teaching duties this year with all of the challenges presented to our teachers. She is patient, caring and so dedicated to her students and families. We have no doubt how much she cares about our daughter and her education and she has made multiple efforts to get on office hours calls with her or drop off materials at our home to facilitate her learning! She communicates regularly with all the families but goes beyond that reaching out to us directly to make sure things are OK. We are so lucky to have her supporting us this last year of our daughter's elementary education! - Deerfield Elementary Parent

My son has been lucky enough to have Mrs. Wallin for a teacher for two classes and I cannot say enough good things about her. Quite simply, she is THE BEST! She is so dedicated to the students, making sure that they are understanding difficult scientific concepts, giving opportunities to ask questions and always supporting their learning. She easily connects with them as individuals (which is a task in itself with teenagers!) and truly cares about their well-being, especially during the virtual learning. Mrs. Wallin is always available for extra help, usually at the student's convenience. As a parent, I really appreciate her weekly update emails letting us know what the students are working on, what assignments/tests are coming up and a reminder of a longstanding offer to help out with ANY support the students need (with assignments AND social issues/mental health). She's the best high school teacher we could ask for, and I only hope my youngest child will also get to have Mrs. Wallin for his classes when he reaches OCHS! - Oak Creek High School Parent

Teachers have been so patient with Abi and motivating. They are all amazing! Food service has gone above and beyond! Kelly, Sarah, and Ms. Korban are saving my Abi's life. - Oak Creek High School Parent

Mrs. Rad always takes the time to listen and help anyone in need. My son asked me to set up time with her during virtual learning and she made it work. They met virtually on a weekly basis and now continue as they are in person. I am so glad my son feels comfortable enough to talk to Mrs. Rad about whatever he is feeling. She is a life saver! - Meadowview Elementary Parent

Thank you to Mr. Bernard Carreon for always going above and beyond to help advocate for my son. It is very evident how much you care about your students and it is very much appreciated. Your are one of the best! - Oak Creek High School Parent

Mrs. Dorlack has been doing an amazing job keeping her class interacting and learning new lessons virtually! She is patient, kind and so helpful all through the computer screen letting each student know they are not alone while she acknowledges every question and comment and keeping everyone on task! Thank you Mrs. Dorlack for keeping virtual learning fun and the students so engaged! You are a wonderful addition to our Carollton family and my 4th grader is so proud to be your student!  - Carollton Parent

A huge shout out to Mr. Schiffer for making science virtually fun for his 6th graders! It's great to see my kids smiling and laughing as they are learning! My kids enjoy his lessons and I can't thank him enough for the time he takes to let our kids know they "matter" ! Keep doing what your doing Mr. Schiffer and making a difference in our family (and others) with all of your virtual lessons!  - EMS Parent

Mrs. Duerkop was incredibly patient and understanding when my son and multiple other students had internet issues while trying to complete a 1st grade math test during virtual school.  - Carollton Parent

I would like to recognize Ms. Hunt for being such a dedicated teacher. This has been such a difficult time of adjustment for not only students, but also teachers and there is never a moment where I don't feel supported in her class. I know there is always offers for extra help and thorough teaching of all materials given! - OCHS Student

I just would like to thank Mr. Kenwood for all the many things that he does to support the students and families at Carollton. He does a wonderful job connecting with the students, from greeting them with a big smile at morning drop off, to sending morning announcements out through remote learning and always taking the time to listen to them. I appreciate all that he does to help families stay informed of what is going on. I feel like before I can ask a question he has already posted a Dojo message with the answer. I know all the extra work you are putting in this year and I truly appreciate all you do. Carollton is lucky to have you!  - Carollton Parent

Ms. Schmidt.  Thank you for going above and beyond to support our son as he recovers from an injury! The care, compassion and understanding you are showing him is truly AMAZING! We fell so extremely grateful that you are his teacher! Thank you!!!  - Forest Ridge Parent

Mrs. Arens, thank you for taking your time tonight to answer my many questions; for caring about our student and for reassuring me of her safety! I appreciate the great job you are doing leading OC West and am grateful for your care and concern! - WMS Parent

Mr. Pontus is amazing. He always looks out for students and has time for students and parents. Thank you Forest Ridge is a great school. The staff is great. - Forest Ridge Parent
 

Our family is giving Ms Barlow a shout out for doing a great job with our daughter. She loves going to school every day and you did a lot for her thank you so much.  - Forest Ridge Family

What AMAZING teachers we have that we are so very thankful for! As virtual learning continues to present challenges, Ms. Barriere and Ms. McCaigue have been able to identify these issues immediately and intervene in real time. This week was especially rough for us and Ms. Barriere immediately reached out to setup an additional meet for our daughter with herself, Mr. Bersch and her teacher from last year, Ms. Barker. It immediately put a smile on her face to not focus on the challenges she was experiencing with virtual learning, but rather talk to them as if she was just seeing them at school. We are so very appreciative to all of them for the extra time they have given to provide some normalcy in extremely unnormal times. - Shepard Hills Parent

Sue Thompson is a true team player pitching in wherever she is needed! And a huge shout out to the teachers for being so quick and helpful in their responses to us parents on the first day of school!! Even going so far as giving a call to say, "Hi and how did the first day go?" Also to the patient office team fielding all the calls - Way to go EMS staff!! - EMS Parent

Ms. Haslbeck is such a sweet and caring teacher. Our son struggles with school but working one on one with her allows him to relax and learn. Ms. Haslbeck takes the time to encourage students and she makes each student feel important. She goes out of her way to look for ideas that might help her students that are struggling. We are so thankful to have Ms. Haslbeck as our son's special education teacher! She is a blessing and no words can express how much we appreciate everything she has done for him.  - Meadowview Parent

Ms. Kasar has worked so hard to help the special education students at Carollton both during the Covid closure in spring and now during the virtual start. She is such a kind, caring teacher.  - Carollton Parent

Mrs. Wisnewski did a good job at teaching virtually. Mrs. Wisnewski's stellar communication skills helped this year get off to a great start. Thanks for everything!  - Forest Ridge Parent & Student

Mrs. Hennessy has such a user friendly google classroom and made all students feel welcome. It was a great first day! Thanks Mrs. Hennessy!  - Carollton Parent

Day one of virtual learning was so organized! The teachers did a great job. My child easily got online and was engaged during her class. Thanks for all the work you have put in to make it a successful first day.  - WMS Parent

First day of school and the first day of virtual learning went off without a hitch for my daughter. She was very reluctant to start the year like last year ended...virtually. The start of the school year already shows better results for my daughter. She liked that there was a teacher giving the lesson/expectations for virtual learning. Also liked that, for the most part, she could see the other students in her classes and interact with them and the teacher.   - Oak Creek High School Parent

Thank you so much Ms. Wroblewski for making the first day of virtual kindergarten so smooth! You did an amazing job of engaging the kids and keeping the parents involved and informed. We were so anxious as to how "virtual kindergarten" was going to go, and I can already tell this will be a great start to this year. We're ready to roll with the punches and we have your back during this crazy journey. Thank you!   - Edgewood Parent

East Middle School Admin Team. Thank you for all of your assistance with getting prepared for school this year. From a broken chromebook, to a missing workbook you guys did everything in your power to make sure we had a great first day. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!  - East Middle School Parent

Mrs. Rutter. Where do we begin? She is AMAZING!! She is so engaging, inviting, genuinely caring and enthusiastic. We appreciate all she does and is doing to make all of her students feel important and heard/seen. We love her! Thank YOU!!   - Meadowview Parent

Ms. Biedenbender is by far the best teacher ever in my experience. Such a nice and helpful teacher. I was a 5th grade student in her class also a school ambassador, some of the students at school would sometimes make me feel unwelcome. But i would always go to school knowing that my teacher was Ms biedenbender. Not only did she help me with school, but with grief that I had over the death of my father. Ms b, if you see this I mean this 100% And thanks for being my teacher. I HOPE ANY FUTURE 5th GRADERS GO TO YOUR CLASS!!!  - Forest Ridge Student

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