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Baker teacher Bree Hurni wins Kathryn L. Brenner Award

Bree Hurni (second from right), shows her award, flanked by (from left) Supt. Dr. Christina Hinds, Assistant Supt. for Instruction Theresa Fulk and Baker Elementary Principal Rachel Cimek.

Bree Hurni, first grade teacher at Baker Elementary, was named the winner of this year’s Katheryn Lorraine Brenner Wayland Union Schools Teacher Award.

Kathy Brenner was an outstanding student at Wayland Union, who died less than six months after she graduated in 1993 on Oct. 19 due to complications of cystic fibrosis.

The award noted, “She was a person who offered a ‘ray of sunshine’ by just knowing her and having the honor to teach her or be in her presence. She is greatly missed and those of us who knew her loved her very much”

Her father, Bob Brenner, a previous superintendent at Wayland Union for 23 years, and his wife Sandy, established an award to honor an outstanding teacher who has committed the extra time and effort to benefit students in the classroom and/or in extracurricular activities within Wayland Union Schools.

The specific criteria related to the objective include:

1. The teacher must have at least five years of teaching experience in Wayland Union Schools.

2. The teacher could be an elementary, middle, or high school teacher.

3. The teacher must be one who is committed to teaching as evidenced by showing a strong knowledge of curriculum, their field of expertise, and research.

4. The teacher must believe that all students can learn.

Previous Brenner Award Recipients:

  • 2003 — Sharon Nelson, Middle School
  • 2004 — Kathie Johnson, High School
  • 2005 — Susan Boehm, Pine Street Elementary
  • 2006 — Jan Laman, High School
  • 2007 — Chris Potter, Middle School
  • 2008 — Robin Seniura, Dorr Elementary
  • 2009 — Judy Mutschler, Steeby Elementary
  • 2010 — Suzanne Jurkowski, Pine Street Elementary
  • 2011 — Karen Nofsinger, High School
  • 2012 — Linda Anderson, High School
  • 2013 — Lori Howell, Steeby Elementary
  • 2014 — Don Mackey, High School
  • 2015 — Aleisa Licari, Dorr Elementary
  • 2016 — Laura Foster, Pine Street Elementary
  • 2017 — Julie Phillips, Middle School
  • 2018 — Chris Rupke, Baker Elementary
  • 2019 — Michelle DeYoung-Foster, Middle School.
  • 2020 and 2021 — Ace Hulbert and Katrina Brown.

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