Kaukauna Area School District reading specialist Autumn Steif. KASD photo
Kaukauna Area School District reading specialist Autumn Steif. KASD photo

KAUKAUNA — Kaukauna Area School District reading specialist Autumn Steif has been named a 2023 Shining Star educator by the Fox Cities Chamber.

She was surprised this week at New Directions Learning Community with a presentation during a school assembly.

Steif is the second KASD educator honored this year.

Last week, Kaukauna High School band director Jacob Martin was recognized in the Excellence in Specialty Arts category.

The 2023 Excellence in Education Shining Star Awards Program honors Fox Cities educators who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting students in and outside of the classroom to enhance the educational experiences and outcomes of students.

The awards are open to all individuals who work with students/children, including daycares, preschools, homeschools, public schools, private schools, colleges, etc. from the Fox Cities region, which encompasses Calumet County, Outagamie County, and Northern Winnebago County.

The awards will be presented at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2023 at the Grand Meridian.

One award each will be presented in the following categories:

Excellence in Early Childhood: First five years of development and learning, including daycare and preschools
Excellence in Elementary Education: Kindergarten – Grade 4
Excellence in Middle School Education: Grades 5-8
Excellence in High School Education: Grades 9-12
Excellence in Specialty Arts: Band, Choir, Art, Languages, etc.
Excellence in Specialty STEM: Automobile, Robotics, Agriculture, Woods, etc.
Excellence in Special Education: PK-12 Teachers
Excellence in Extra Curriculars: Sports Coaches, Club Directors, etc.
Excellence in School Administration & Support Staff: Principals, Administrative Assistants, Counselors, Librarians, etc.
Excellence in Higher Education: Post-High School Educators, Directors, etc.

Additionally, an Educator of the Year winner will be announced the night of the event and will be selected from one of the 10 recipients. This award honors an educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving the quality of education in the Fox Cities region and who has an inspiring presence that motivates and influences students, colleagues, and the community.

Learn more about the event online.



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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.