The Education Foundation of Hudson last week honored two Hudson teachers with Star Excellence Awards. The winners were River Crest Elementary teacher Vicki Aulert and St. Patrick School teacher Tim DeJardin.

Each teacher was honored by the Education Foundation during ceremonies at Hudson High School May 9. Each winner was among those nominated by the public earlier this spring.

Aulert, who lives in Woodbury, Minn., teaches early childhood special education and has taught for 42 years, including the last 31 in Hudson. A native of Des Plaines, Ill., she earned her bachelor's degree and teaching certificate at Midland Lutheran College. She also earned her early childhood certificate at Concordia College and a master's degree in early childhood special education at the University of St. Thomas.

She and her husband Bob have one adult child, Allison, 35.

DeJardin, who lives in Eau Claire, teaches physical education and health at St. Patrick School in Hudson. He has also been active as a coach at the school. He has taught for 33 years, all at St. Patrick School. A native of Luxemburg, Wis., he earned his bachelor's degree at UW-La Crosse.

Although currently living in Eau Claire, he has lived in Hudson in the past.

He and his wife Carole have two adult children, Amy, 34, and Libby, 26.

The Star Excellence Award includes $3,000 in cash for the teacher's personal use and a handmade, engraved vase. The honor is designed to recognize teachers or staff members who have demonstrated an unusual commitment to inspire students to reach for difficult and lofty goals. Persons recognized have earned the respect of students, parents and peers through sustained effort, high moral standards and the likelihood of enduring beneficial effects on the students with whom they have worked.

Nominations

Any current or former full-time or part-time employee of a not-for-profit school within the Hudson School District is eligible for nomination.

Star Excellence Award forms are available at the school district administrative office and at www.educationfoundationofhudson.org . The nominator should mail the Star Excellence Award Nomination Form no later than April 1 each year to: Education Foundation of Hudson, PO Box 252, Hudson, WI 54016. The form may also be submitted online.

Foundation

The foundation, founded in 1990, is a private organization established to strengthen community participation in local schools and inspire both teachers and students. With recent Star Grants and Star Excellence Awards the foundation has funded nearly $1,419,000 in local education projects since its inception.

The foundation is funded by private donations, mostly coming from local and area businesses, individuals and foundations.

Current foundation board members are President Lynn Krueger, Marian Schultz, Dr. Ron Bernth, Jodell Krause, Doug Stohlberg, Joan Thompson and John Kromer. Steven Keller is the organization's volunteer executive director.