The 2020 Excellence in Education Awards. Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce photo

APPLETON — The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce is once again honoring local educators with its Excellence in Education Shining Star Awards program.

The award is an all-inclusive recognition of the outstanding achievements of K-16 educators in the Fox Cities region.

A skilled workforce of tomorrow relies on high-quality education today, and this event acknowledges and celebrates the unparalleled contributions of educators working and shining in Fox Cities’ schools, colleges, universities, and other educational settings.

The event returns as an in-person celebration in 2022 after awardees were honored at a virtual ceremony a year ago.

This year’s award celebration is set for Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

Online nominations are being accepted in eight categories, now through Feb. 25.


Lissette Cruz-Jimenez of the Appleton Area School District was honored in 2021 with the Inclusive Excellence in Education Award.

Emily Rasmussen of Highlands Elementary School in Appleton was honored with the 2021 Excellence in Early Childhood Education Award.

The Appleton Area School District Special Education Department was honored with the 2021 Heroes in COVID Award.



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