Eight individuals have been recognized as the Neenah Joint School District’s Employees of the Year for the 2014-15 school year.
The group represents one individual from each of the District’s employment categories. They were selected from the 663 total employees of the Neenah Joint School District and were nominated by colleagues and administrators.
Four teachers were selected, including Donna Engelland from the elementary level, Tami Malcore from the middle school level, Dianne Pacolt from the high school level and Stacey Goetz from the special services area. Three additional high school staff members were honored as Chad Buboltz was selected Administrator of the Year, Lisa Stadtmueller earned the Administrative Assistant of the Year and Lori Uvaas was named Educational Assistant of the Year. Dzenita Kolar was named the Maintenance/Operations Employee of the Year.
Engelland, a third grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary, is in her 30th year of teaching in Neenah and her 23rd at Lakeview after teaching her first seven years at Coolidge Elementary. She has regularly served as a new teacher and student teacher mentor. Engelland contributes to several Lakeview committees.
Malcore, a science teacher at Horace Mann Middle School, is in her 27th year in Neenah. She taught at Lakeview Elementary until 1994 when she moved to sixth grade at Shattuck Middle School and eventually Horace Mann in 2008. Malcore has become one of the leaders in Neenah’s employee wellness program.
Pacolt, who teaches advanced biology, has been a part of the high school staff since 2000 after 13 years of teaching in Nekoosa. Pacolt has worked closely with the high school’s health careers academy and spent several years with the People to People program, taking groups of students around the world for educational, cultural and humanitarian activities.
Goetz, a cognitive disabilities-severe (CDS) teacher at Spring Road Elementary has worked in Neenah since 2007. She spent two years at Wilson Elementary before moving to Spring Road. Goetz has been instrumental in curriculum development to meet the needs of CDS students and the Common Core.
Buboltz is in his 12th year in Neenah and fourth as an administrator. He is in his second year as Associate Principal at the high school where he taught social studies from 2003-11. Buboltz was also the high school Teacher of the Year in 2009-10. He served two years as an Associate Principal at Shattuck Middle School from 2011-13.
Stadtmueller is in her 20th year in the District and her second year in the newly-formed Scheduler/Data Clerk position. She worked nine years at Shattuck Middle School as a Health Aide and Attendance Clerk before taking over as Registrar at Neenah High School in 2005.
Uvaas is in her 17th year in Neenah and has worked in a variety of roles before settling into her current position as an educational assistant in the high school career center in 2007. She has assisted countless students with career options, scholarships, financial aid and college applications while co-coordinating the high school’s Advanced Placement testing.
Kolar is in her third year working in operations and maintenance at the Administration Building. She has also worked at Lakeview Elementary and currently splits time at the Washington Early Learning Center.
The Employees of the Year will be honored at a social at the Bridgewood Conference Center on Wed., May 13 from 3:45-5 p.m. Spring Road Elementary teacher Roxann Barrow, high school teacher Scott Hertting and Lakeview Elementary teacher Rebecca Van Duser will also be recognized at the social for their recent Kohl Foundation fellowship awards.