SHEBOYGAN – Etude language arts teacher Addie Degenhardt has been awarded a 2022 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship. The award includes a $6,000 grant for Degenhardt, along with a matching grant for Etude.
Fellowship recipients are honored for their ability to inspire learning, motivate students, and serve their community both in and out of the classroom. Degenhardt, who teaches at the middle and high school levels, felt especially honored since her nomination came from one of her students, senior Elise DuChateau.
“I think that is truly what makes this so special. Awards are nice, but it all started because a student took time out of their life to recognize the work being done at this school, and that is what is most important and meaningful to me,” said Degenhardt.
Degenhardt wants to share the award with her students by funding a trip exploring the often unrecognized cultural accomplishments of Wisconsin and its iconic former residents such as architect Frank Lloyd Wright and photographer Edward Curtis.
“Wisconsin is often considered “flyover country,” a place to ignore on your way from one exciting place to another. Purposeful examination reveals that it’s actually a state rich with rewarding opportunities and experiences, captivating natural history and human history. Together we will create a final interactive Wisconsin experience that captures new images of the place we call home. To do so, it will be ideal for our students to visit the places we study like House on the Rock or Taliesen,” said Degenhardt.
Degenhardt also wants to take students on a service learning trip to Jamaica, where students can build on what they learned while reading Jamaica Kincaid’s book, “A Small Place.”
“I would like to take students on a service learning trip to Jamaica to better understand the diverse people, society, culture and dances of the Caribbean and West Indies. Students would participate in building community, tutoring students and studying dance,” said Degenhardt.
Fellowship awards are given by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation and program co-sponsors the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Cooperative Educational Service Agencies and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation.