Friend of UW-Green Bay Education program named a ‘Wisconsin Hero’

The news stories didn’t mention the UW-Green Bay connection, but people in the Professional Program in Education are well aware and appreciative of Bernard Vandenberk’s contributions to the community. On Tuesday the retired educator was the recipient of Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker’s monthly “Wisconsin Heroes Award.” The citation lauded Vandenberk’s service at House of Hope, a Green Bay shelter for homeless women who are pregnant or who have young children. The former Ashwaubenon elementary school teacher volunteers his time to help the young moms earn their GEDs. Associate Prof. Tim Kaufman says Vandenberk was a longtime, dedicated supervisor of UW-Green Bay student teachers, and has taught courses here as an associate lecturer in Education. Read Green Bay Press-Gazette article.