The Dubuque Community School District Teacher of the Year was named at the annual Educators’ Recognition Dinner on May 10, hosted by the Dubuque Education Association.
Brandi Moeggenberg, a kindergarten teacher at Marshall Elementary School, was selected for the honor. Moeggenberg has taught at Marshall since 2012. “She works magic with her solid, research-based strategies and willingness to do whatever it takes to help her students learn,” said one of her nominators. “She has high expectations for students and they respond in amazing ways.”
Other finalists for the Teacher of the Year Award were:
- Alicia Bergfeld, a second-grade teacher at Hoover Elementary School
- Angie Breitbach, a science teacher at Hempstead High School
- Bridget Daly-Wilhelm, a language arts teacher at Washington Middle School
- Melissa Fondell, an instructional coach at Table Mound Elementary School
- Paul Kilgore, an English teacher at Dubuque Senior High School
- Andrea Leach, a third-grade teacher at Bryant Elementary School
- Adam Miller, a social studies teacher at Hempstead High School
- Stephanie Vondal, a fourth-grade teacher at Marshall Elementary School
- Barbara Vrotsos, a teacher on special assignment (world languages and English Language Learners) at the district-level
At the dinner, two other special awards were presented. Stan Rheingans, superintendent of schools, and Phil Kramer, executive director of human resources, received the TEAM (Together Educators and Administrators Make-it-happen) Award presented to an administrator for exemplary support of teacher success.
Otto Krueger, a long-time School Board member, received the Friend of Education Award. Krueger has mentored a student throughout his entire Dubuque Community School District education and this year, the student will graduate from high school and is prepared to go on to college.