BSW grad earns state teaching honor

Congratulations to Andrea Pasqualucci, a school social worker at Valley View Elementary School in Ashwaubenon, who on Thursday, Sept. 4, was named Wisconsin’s Special Services Teacher of the Year for the 2014-15 school year. She is a 1990 graduate of UW-Green Bay’s bachelor’s degree program in Social Work.

Pasqualucci has developed a number of programs and partnerships to help students in the Ashwaubenon School District who are homeless or from low-income families. Pasqualucci was instrumental in developing and managing student-led food drives; an e-mail based donation system that matches donors with families needing clothing or household items; and in-service sessions for school staff on equity and anti-bullying issues. She also reaches out to parents to build trust so they are more involved in their children’s education.

Teacher of the Year honors, sponsored by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation in partnership with the state DPI, are awarded in four categories: elementary, middle/junior high, high school, and special services. DPI Secretary Tony Evers will recognize Pasqualucci during his State of Education address Sept. 25 in Madison.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette covered the surprise announcement of the award at a school assembly here. There is a news release online here.

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