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RUSD Honors 128 Staff Members with Encore! Awards


On Oct. 12, during the fifth annual Encore! Awards in Education event, 128 RUSD educators were recognized for their success in improving achievement for RUSD students.

This year, 128 elementary, middle and high school teachers, educational assistants, clerical staff, engineers, paraprofessionals and principals were honored in three categories. 

Principal’s/Supervisor’s Choice Award: Award recipients are RUSD staff members who consistently contribute to making their school a better place, put in extra effort and demonstrate high expectations for all students.

Encore! Award: Award recipients are teachers who have shown evidence of fostering excellent academic achievement, living our RUSD core values and/or implementing an innovative program in their school.

Beacon Award: An honor awarded by the superintendent and senior leadership to shine a light on an individual who has a positive impact on the students, staff and/or organization.

On Thursday, the District also recognized S.C. Johnson as the Business Partner of the Year and Higher Expectations with the Friend of Education Award.

For decades, S.C. Johnson has demonstrated enduring support for education in Racine and Racine Unified School District. SC Johnson partnered with RUSD as we launched the Academies of Racine, hosting many of our high school teachers for visits so they could experience first-hand the jobs here in our community to learn what skills our students need to be prepared for life after RUSD!

Higher Expectations has worked closely with RUSD to expand full-day 4K and support the Racine Early Intervention Academy. They have made significant contributions to ensure the Academies of Racine SEE Your Future Expo is an excellent opportunity for our high school freshmen to learn about and meet local employers. Higher Expectations has also been a driver for continuous improvement efforts in RUSD.

The 2017 Encore! Awards in Education is possible through the generosity and support of our sponsors. A special thank you to Educators Credit Union for being part of honoring our outstanding educators and staff in RUSD schools.

Special guests included Racine Mayor Dennis Wiser and Rep. Peter Barca.