Jill Fischer, a fourth grade teacher at St. John Vianney in Menomonee Falls, WI and a 1995 Marquette University graduate, was named a recipient of a 2008 Herb Kohl Education Foundation Fellowship. Jill was the sole elementary school level teacher among four teachers in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to receive a Kohl award.
U.S. Senator Herb Kohl established the fellowship program in 1990 to honor educators who exhibit a superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, the gift to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. Annually, the Kohl Foundation awards one hundred Wisconsin teachers with $1,000 Kohl Fellowship grants, and each Kohl Fellowship recipient's school receives a matching $1,000 grant. To date the foundation has awarded $6.4 million to Wisconsin educators, students and schools.
Excellence Fellowship recipients are selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders, and representatives of education-related associations and the program’s co-sponsors: The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS), and regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA).
Jill Fischer received her bachelor of arts degree in elementary education in 1995. She is currently finishing her master of education degree with principal licensure at Marquette.