North Dickinson graduate earns Golden Apple award


Staff Writer

DE PERE, Wis. – A North Dickinson High School graduate was honored during an awards dinner this week as a recipient of a Golden Apple – recognizing his work as a classroom teacher.

Regan Budek was one of four teachers at Westwood Elementary School in the West De Pere School District that were honored with a Golden Apple as a part of their third grade team.

Each of the teachers received a Golden Apple as part of the 21st annual Golden Apple Awards sponsored by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

Budek is originally from Felch and is the son of Ted and the late Susie Budek. He graduated from North Dickinson High School in 1999.

After high school, he attended Northern Michigan University and received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2003.

This is Budek’s 11th year in the West De Pere School District teaching third grade at Westwood Elementary.

In addition to his teaching duties, Budek is currently the junior varsity head football coach and a varsity football assistant coach. He is also the head eighth grade girls and boys basketball coach and junior varsity head baseball coach.

The third grade teachers collectively have 100 students and use the team approach. They are individually teaching in their classrooms, but doing the same thing at the same time. The teachers noted that this benefits the students especially when they go on to fourth and fifth grades. In addition, the students and teachers get together a couple times a week as a group to do activities.

“Being a teacher is something of which I am very proud,” Budek said.

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, chamber officials noted.

The annual awards recognize seven individuals or teams, which are selected through a multi-level screening of anonymous applications and personal interviews.

Selection criteria is based on the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, which identify the essential knowledge, skills and dispositions expected of experienced, quality teachers, officials said.

The selection process focuses on elements such as commitment to student learning, assessment of and use of tools to advance student , and efforts to stimulate student interest in learning.

The other award winners were honored at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center.

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