Emcee Hartford Rotary Club
Teacher of the Year Award Luncheon
Scribe: Ron Schlitt Editor: Fred Wittenberger
Ron Schlitt presented a plaque and a gift from the club to the following 2019 Teachers of the Year: Angie Hall – Hartford Union High School, Shannon Barraza – St. Kilian School, and Katie Powell – Hartford Joint #1.
Angie Hall grew up in Antioch, Illinois with her mother and two brothers.
Angie Hall is a 2003 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education along with a licensure in Health, Coaching, and Adaptive Physical Education. She continued her participation in athletics throughout her collegiate career lettering all four years and was named an Academic All-American Gymnast in 2001.
Angie began her teaching career as a long term substitute at Arrowhead Union High School and also accepted the position of Head Gymnastics Coach. The following year she was hired at Hartford Union High School as a Physical Education and Health Teacher. She also serves as the Department Chair and has for the last 10 years. Angie has also coached Track, Gymnastics, and Golf for HUHS. After 10 years of coaching, Angie decided to put that aside to spend more time with her family. Angie is supported by her family, especially her husband, Michael. They have two beautiful children, Hayden (10) and Henry (7).
Shannon Barraza began teaching at St. Kilian School in August 2017. From the beginning, she assumed many different roles for the students and community. Besides teaching Math and Science to our Intermediate level students, Shannon assumed the roles of Forensics advisor and Student Council advisor. She works countless hours with these groups to make sure that their endeavors are successful.
Shannon jumps at the chance to try new things with her students and offers different ways for our children to learn and share their knowledge. More often than not, you’ll find her students spread around the room in small groups trying different experiments or playing games related to the topic being studied.
Katie Powell received her Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1998, where she majored in Early Elementary Education and Language Arts. Katie began at Hartford Jt. 1 as a long-term substitute teacher in the fall of 1998 and was hired as a full-time kindergarten teacher in 1999. In 2003, she earned her Masters of Science in Education from Concordia University and earned her Reading License.
Katie enjoys special projects with her students such as celebrating the 50th day of school. On the 50th day of school, you will see the kindergarten teachers and students dressed in attire from the 1950’s and enjoying root beer floats, using the hula-hoop, dancing at a sock hop with ‘50’s music, doing the limbo.
Katie is viewed as a leader who leads with courage and kindness. She leads her students to be successful in their learning and to be socially respectful and responsible. There is no question Katie won’t think of and then follow through to find an answer. She is fully charged each day to lead the way!
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