Oconto Falls Educator of Excellence

OCONTO FALLS – The 2024 Richard T. Lowery Educator of Excellence for the Oconto Falls School District was awarded to Emily Robinson this week.  This award is sponsored by the Nicolet and Oconto Retired Teachers Association, NORTA.  Emily’s name was submitted by another teacher in the district, along with an essay noting her teaching accomplishments.  NORTA then does the selection.

Emily graduated from OFHS in 1999.  She first attended UW-Oshkosh, and then graduated from UW-Green Bay.  Her teaching career began at the Oconto Falls Elementary School in 2005, teaching 4th grade.  Since no position was open the next year, Emily substitute taught almost every day.  In 2006, and for the next 19 years, Emily taught in her current position, 5th grade at OFES.

“Teaching is in my blood,” is how Emily describes it, as she comes from a line of Oconto Falls Educators.  Her grandmother, Grace Hyland, taught second grade at Jefferson.  Her mother, Kathy Krause, was a reading interventionist at Washington Middle School.  Emily knew at a young age that she wanted to be a teacher.

When asked about her favorite teaching memories, she replied, “It’s that ah-ha moment on the kid’s faces.”  Last year a student thanked her for the intervention time and extra help she gave him.  That is a special comment she remembers.  Emily wants students to leave her classroom knowing she cared for every one of them and gave her best effort to help their education.


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