Lisa Koenecke: 2013 Educator of the Year

Meet Lisa Koenecke: GSAFE’s 2013 Educator of the Year

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Lisa Koenecke creates a rainbow wherever she goes.  And we mean that in absolutely the best way possible.  Through Lisa’s work as a school counselor at River Bluff Middle School in Stoughton, she is on the front lines every day ensuring that all students, staff, and community members are treated with respect, that students have a trusted advocate, and that the school is a safe place for all.  At the state level, Lisa has provided strong leadership for the Wisconsin School Counselor Association, where she currently serves as President Elect. She has even presented nationally, from Philadelphia to San Diego, on creating safe schools for LGBTQ and all youth.  And if you’ve ever been to the GSAFE Walk/Run/Eat, you have probably seen Lisa donning a rainbow wig, cheering on the runners and walkers while simultaneously overseeing dozens of volunteers and helping to make sure that everything is running smoothly.  Her positive attitude, her boundless energy, her confidence in herself, and her unwavering advocacy for all of her students have earned her the nickname “Lady Rainbow”, one which she proudly wears.

Lisa was honored at GSAFE’s 17th Annual Celebration of Leadership Awards Dinner on May 11th at the Monona Terrace.  Congratulations, Lisa, and thank you for your remarkable work for young people in Wisconsin!

 

 

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