UW–Madison recognizes four local educators with Rockwell Awards


The UW–Madison School of Education honored the 2022 recipients of its Rockwell Award for Outstanding Cooperating Teachers on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Education Building.

The Rockwell Awards, made possible through the generosity of Roland and Ruth Rockwell, recognize excellent teachers who have chosen to pass on their expertise by providing professional experiences for UW–Madison student teachers.

Pictured are Rockwell Award recipients (left-to-right) Patricia Fortune, Marguerite Fairchild-Gόngora, Josh Reineking, and Malia Konsitzke.
The 2022 Rockwell Award recipients (left-to-right) are Patricia Fortune, Marguerite Fairchild-Gόngora, Josh Reineking, and Malia Konsitzke. (Photo: Andy Manis)

The 2022 Rockwell Award winners are:

  • Josh Reineking, a kindergarten teacher at Madison’s Stephens Elementary School
  • Marguerite Fairchild-Gongora, a sixth-grade teacher at Madison’s Toki Middle School
  • Patricia Fortune, a physical education and health teacher at McFarland High School
  • Malia Konsitzke, a speech language pathologist at Stoughton’s Sandhill Elementary School

These award recipients receive $1,000 each for their significant contribution to the UW–Madison field experience program.

This year’s award winner were recognized during the School’s “Together We Rise: American Education Week” event. In addition to the announcement of the Rockwell Award winners, participants took in a keynote presentation from Sarah Kopplin, who was named by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) as one of its 2023 Wisconsin Teachers of the Year. Kopplin is a geography teacher at Shorewood Intermediate School, in the Shorewood School District.

In addition, the day also featured workshop sessions for those in attendance, including: Building Community through Writing, with Mark Dziedzic of the UW–Madison Writing Project; The Importance of (Queer) Community Building, with Abby Swetz of Wisconsin DPI communications; and Community Building Across Classrooms and Schools, with Katie Nguyen and Kara Lawson, who are teachers with the Madison Metropolitan School District and school-based coordinators that partner with UW–Madison’s teacher preparation programs.

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