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Education Awards

Catherine Schmitz Jacobs Elementary & Secondary Education Scholarships
These scholarships honor outstanding St. Norbert College sophomore block students. Candidates are selected each semester on the basis of performance (including grades) in education courses and practicum, the quality of overall preparation to teach, and the candidate’s commitment to exemplary teaching and public service.

Catherine taught third and fourth grade in Ashwaubenon public schools during her long service as an educator. Catherine is also a charter member of the sophomore block program. She served as one of the cooperating teachers for an education student during the very first Sophomore Block program when it was designed and initiated under the inspiration of Sister Sally Ann Brickner and Mural Adams in the early ’70s. Catherine has inspired thousands of students during her career as a teacher. In recognizing our outstanding sophomores, these awards extend a tradition of competence, zeal, selflessness, dedication, leadership and commitment, which describes Catherine’ professional life. 

The Rev. E.J. La Mal Award
This award recognizes the outstanding scholarship of a senior education major at St. Norbert College. The Rev. E.J. La Mal, O. Praem., coordinated and guided the St. Norbert College teacher preparation program to a position of stature and strength among Catholic and public colleges and universities in the Midwest. For more than 30 years, La Mal distinguished himself in the field of education through service to many professional education associations. It is fitting that an outstanding young educator at St. Norbert College be honored with an award designated after a person of such personal integrity and professional distinction.

Mary Greenlaw Leader in Exceptional Attitudes & Dispositions Award (LEAD)
The teacher-education discipline recognizes education students whose dispositions reflect qualities above and beyond those that graduates of the program must possess. Mary J. Greenlaw (1950-2012) served as chair of teacher-education at St. Norbert College from 2004 to 2011. Greenlaw was passionate about her career and, with great integrity, demonstrated a commitment to her work and the teacher-education program. She initiated the LEAD Award (Leader in Exceptional Attitudes & Dispositions) in 2007.

Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Awards
St. Norbert College participates in the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (WACTE) Awards. WACTE is a professional organization representing teacher-preparation programs in Wisconsin. It is a state affiliate of the Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Every year, the St. Norbert College teacher-education program selects one winner for the Pre-Service Mentor Educator Award and one for the Early Career Educator Awards.
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