Golden Apple Awards

What are the Golden Apple Awards?

The Portage County Business Council’s Golden Apple Awards honor outstanding educators in Portage County. From a business perspective, we recognize the lasting impact Pre-K through 12th grade teachers have on their students; the youth who will become the future workforce and business leaders in their community.

Join Partners in Education for PIE SOCIAL & GOLDEN APPLE AWARDS on Thursday, August 23, 2018. The event will be held at the newly completed Chemistry & Biology building at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point starting at 5PM. This event is open to educators, businesses, and the community.

2017 Award Winners:

We are happy to announce our 2017 winners of the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education! As we revamp the Golden Apple Awards process (switching to a monthly nomination format) we asked the superintendents of our local districts to nominate one teacher from their district who they feel is an outstanding contribution to their school and the education of students.

Here are the nominations:

Sara Fischer, McDill Elementary School-Stevens Point Area Public School District

Nominated by Principal Jeanne Koepke

Heads up our culture committee and the work of creating a collegial environment in our building. Sara seeks out funding for technology to enhance her teaching.


Bill Haas, Rosholt Elementary School

Nominated by Superintendent Marc Christianson

1) His dedication to his students. 2) His dedication to his profession (he has been a mentor for new teachers in our district). 3) His professionalism and his great support of other colleagues in our district. 4) His willingness to be the first to pilot the “Learn for Life” Program for United Way many years ago.

Tanya Hoffman, Washington Elementary School-Stevens Point Area Public School District

Nominated by Superintendent Craig Gerlach

I would like to nominate Tanya Hoffman, Washington EBD, Cross-Categorical Teacher. Her impact on students is not only measured by the academic gains of the students she works with, but more importantly, the connections she makes with students. Tanya has tirelessly worked with students that come to school with significant social and behavioral needs. Just recently, she was celebrating a moment with a group of her colleagues commenting how she took a picture of her classroom in May, with each of her students working independently without incident. Although this may seem like a small victory, this accomplishment was directly related to countless hours of working to identify the needs of students, develop strong relationships, and the relentless belief that these students can and will lead positive, productive lives. She is simply awesome.

Nikki Thompson, Wild Rose Elementary School

Nominated by Principal Matthew Wilbert

This teacher goes above and beyond the call of duty in our district. She puts in overtime every week for projects that benefit children. She puts children’s needs above her own and makes our district a better place. Her classes are inspirational, she helps kids love art!!!! She is a team player and her creative ideas propel learning! Her flexibility is second to none, and she is respected immensely within her peer group.

Beth Malik, Stevens Point Christian Academy

Nominated by Principal Heidi Uitenbroek

Mrs. Beth Malik is an outstanding educator leaving a legacy for future generations. Dedicated, faithful, flexible, motivated, honest, hardworking, diligent, proactive, inspiring, innovative, noble, virtuous, and strong are words that describe Mrs. Malik. She exudes leadership and innovative instruction with rigorous academic techniques, which all provide for effective classroom management.

Her specific contributions can be tangibly seen through the many writing awards that her students have received throughout her years in teaching (Patriots Pen, American Veterans, Daughters of the American Revolution…).

Parents share often how blessed they are to have their children taught by Mrs. Malik. They are extremely thankful for her efforts to spend extra time with students after school offering tutoring to children in areas of struggle.

Mrs. Malik offers students many hands on learning opportunities and helps them to integrate technology into learning in productive ways. One student stated, “She is an amazing teacher helping me through the difficult terrain of math and science. She encourages me when I want to give up and has helped me to have great success.”

Mrs. Malik takes extra time to ensure that students don’t simply get the “right” answer but that they understand the concepts to help them for their future endeavors. Mrs. Malik is able to multitask and brings fun into every learning experience. She makes learning fun and beneficial. She brings life into the classroom and students have said that she is able to make even their least favorite subjects fun.

Mrs. Malik utilizes many forms of classroom instruction to meet the learning needs of each child. She has given her students many learning experiences from fishing, running, grocery shopping, rock climbing, visiting Universities to experiencing critical discussions of life to bring students to a greater understanding of their purpose. She is making a difference for future generations.

Mike Schmoll, Pacelli High School

Nominated by Director of Education Gregg Hansel

Mike is an outstanding teacher. He has tremendous rapport with students, and helps them to extend themselves academically. Outside of the classroom, Mike is extremely involved in a variety of organizations, clubs, advisory groups and more. Mike was instrumental in helping the new Fitness Center come into being at Pacelli. He is present is at many, many events related to the school, always supporting the students.