PHS teacher wins Golden Apple award

Moehr gets surprise visit Wednesday

Liz Moehr, Pulaski High School family and consumer science teacher, is a 2018 Greater Green Bay Chamber Golden Apple award winner.

Moehr was notified of the award during a surprise gathering Wednesday morning at her classroom. Dan Bredeson with Humana, one of the Golden Apple sponsors, walked into Moehr’s classroom followed by crews from WLUK-TV and the chamber to record the moment.

Each year, the Golden Apple Awards program improves community awareness of the quality of education in the Greater Green Bay area by recognizing high standards of professionalism, leadership and innovation in teaching with the Golden Apple Awards. Seven recipients are selected annually through a multi-level screening of anonymous applications and personal interviews. Selection criteria are based on the National Board of Professional Teaching standards, which identify the essential knowledge, skills and dispositions expected of experienced, quality teachers.

Moehr has taught food classes at Pulaski High School since 2002. In addition to teaching, she is also advisor of ProStart, the National Restaurant Association’s student organization. She holds a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science education K-12 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a master’s degree in learning with an emphasis on technology integration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

She was previously a Northeast Wisconsin Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction recipient in 2010 and 2011.

She is a National Restaurant Association ProStart advisor; Fox Valley Technical College Culinary Arts Program Advisory Council member; Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Hospitality and Culinary Arts Program Advisory Council member; Family and Consumer Science Department leader; Technology Integration within Family and Consumer Science; and Experience Greater Green Bay co-chair.

She has received many awards including the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Educator of the Year; National Restaurant Association James H. Maynard Award; Wisconsin ProStart Educator of Excellence Award; FCCLA Ten Years of Service Award; Pulaski Area Community Education Community Service Award; and Sullivan University Hot 100 Hospitality Programs in the United States program recipient.

She lives in De Pere with her husband, Dan, and children, Caleb, 11, and Elia, 9.

“I feel incredibly honored and blessed to receive this Golden Apple,” she said. “I still am speechless hours after I was graciously surrounded by award presenters, my administration, and my family.”

Moehr is doing what she loves, she said, teaching students life skills they can use in their future careers, whether that be in the food service industry or any career that requires communication, literacy, and problem-solving skills.

“I am surrounded by phenomenal students who challenge me to challenge them and in the end, we all are better for it. Thank you to the Golden Apple selection committee, my administration, and my amazing fellow FACS teachers. I couldn’t be more grateful,” Moehr said.

Moehr is the 41st PCSD teacher to be recognized with a Golden Apple award since the program’s inception in 1994.

This year, nearly 140 PCSD teachers received Golden Apple nominations. Of those, six were named Teachers of Distinction. Besides Moehr, they are:

• Daniel Anderson, Pulaski High School science teacher

• Corinne Galligan, Hillcrest/Fairview Elementary School music teacher

• Linda Gantz, Lannoye Elementary School third-grade teacher

• Craig Piczkowski, Fairview Elementary School fifth-grade teacher

• Jessica Rosenberg-Fredrickson, Sunnyside Elementary School art teacher

The 25th-annual Golden Apple awards ceremony is 5:30-9:30 p.m. April 18 at Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay. It will also be broadcast on WLUK.