UW–Madison School of Education honors Rockwell Award recipients


The UW–Madison School of Education honored the 2020 and 2021 recipients of the Rockwell Award for Outstanding Cooperating Teachers on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the Memorial Union’s Great Hall.

Photo of 2020 / 2021 Rockwell Award winners
The School of Education honored the 2020 and 2021 Rockwell Award recipients on Nov. 16.

The awards ceremony included remarks from School of Education Dean Diana Hess and a keynote address by Kabby Hong, an English teacher at Verona Area High School, who is one of five teachers named as 2022 Wisconsin Teachers of the Year and is Wisconsin’s representative for the National Teacher of the Year program.

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.

The 2020 Rockwell Award winners include:

  • Angel Erickson, a 3rd grade dual-language instruction teacher at Madison’s Leopold Elementary School
  • Tanya Jensen, a speech-language pathologist at Madison’s Stephens Elementary School
  • Allison Milley, a cross categorical teacher at Madison’s Stephens Elementary School
  • Joshua Newland, an art teacher at Madison Memorial High School

The 2021 Rockwell Award winners include:

  • Thomas Blau, a language arts and social studies teacher at Madison’s Sennett Middle School
  • Candie Douglas, a music teacher at Sun Prairie High School
  • Debra Grundahl, a physical education teacher at Waunakee’s Saint John the Baptist Catholic School
  • Peter Thompson, a cross categorical teacher at Madison’s Sennett Middle School

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