KASD employees of the year

KAUKAUNA — Five Kaukauna Area School District employees were recognized Friday for their accomplishments as employees of the year.

Danielle Salm, Elementary Certified Staff
Danielle, a first grade teacher at Victor Haen Elementary School, was nominated for her compassion and dedication to the success of every student. She is a proactive force in the District that uses her talents to engage students. Danielle is an active member of her school’s leadership team and regularly contributes her ideas and her incredible artistic and creative talents and ideas. 


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Grace Luebben, Middle School Certified Staff
River View Middle School 7th grade teacher Grace Luebben was nominated for her kindness, her dedication to her students, and her commitment to continuous improvement. She creates engaging lessons appreciated by her students and her colleagues, and her dedication to her students extends far beyond the classroom, creating strong bonds among students, the school, and the broader community. She is an extraordinary asset to River View and KASD.

Dan Mader, High School Certified Staff
KHS science teacher Dan Mader takes on any challenge thrown his way. He teaches new classes to help the District with staff and his department make schedules work, he makes himself available to students both online and in person to help them with their coursework, and he’s a pioneer in the technology realm, volunteering to help administer technology tools and help KHS staff integrate technology in their own classrooms. He is selfless and dedicated, and an outstanding member of the KHS team.

Carol Wall, District Support Staff
Carol, an administrative assistant at Tanner Early Learning Center, was nominated as an integral part of keeping Tanner and the District moving forward. She assists Tanner staff members with anything they need, welcomes new staff and supports the families of the District’s youngest learners. Carol serves as and outstanding resource for other administrative assistants throughout the District, sharing her knowledge and experiences to help them be successful at their own schools. She does all of these things with a smile and with a positive attitude. 

Holly Magness, Administrator
Holly serves as the principal at Victor Haen Elementary School, and was nominated for her supporting, loving, innovative nature and her willingness to go above and beyond each day for her students and her staff. Holly was described as an advocate, always looking at the bigger picture, showing her deep passion for the success of everyone in her building. She enhances the lives of so many around her, using both the science and the art of learning to continue moving the school forward. 

Superintendent Duerwaechter presented the awards during the closing ceremony. “Today has been filled with moments that define Kaukauna Strong. We receive so many nominations for these awards each year, and while it difficult to make a final decision, I am humbled at how deeply you care about each other as a community. Thank you for your drive, your compassion, your teamwork, and for everything that you bring to the table each and every day for our students and for each other.”

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By staff