Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 4/20/2017 - 6:30 PM
Category: Awards and Commendations
Type: Info
Subject: 1. Excellence in Education Award - Vicki Kalman (Posthumous)
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Policy: Admin Policy 1.05 - Recognition for Accomplishment
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Background: Each month, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors recognizes an outstanding school, student, staff member, parent, or community member for a display of excellence, achievement, and innovation that may serve as an example to our school district and the entire Milwaukee community.

This month, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors is pleased to posthumously present the “Excellence in Education Award” to:

Vicki Kalman

Ms. Vicki Kalman, a Pulaski High School graduate, was a Milwaukee Public Schools teacher, having taught English and business at South Division High School for 35 years. She coordinated the cooperative education program--matching students with employers for part-time work---and was chair of the business department at South. She helped launch Cardinal Bank, the first in-school, student-run bank in Wisconsin and among the first in the nation.

Vicki also worked with the Hispanic Chamber, bringing in business leaders to speak to students and volunteering with the Chamber's Philip Arreola Scholarship Fund, which benefited many South Division students.

Vicki spent her last five years of her career with MPS as a part-time coordinator of the internship program at Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA). Her personal drive, commitment to this community, and positive spirit went beyond the classroom. Despite many challenges, Ms. Kalman persevered, harnessing a passion for teaching to change the worlds of the thousands of students, many from immigrant backgrounds, whom she embraced unrelentingly.

Vicki spent endless hours working with Junior Achievement of Milwaukee and Dry Hootch Veterans Association, to name a few. Her greatest love was coordinating the Annual Student Coat Drive at HAPA.

Vicki received a multitude of awards for her accomplishments over her career. One award that she was particularly proud of was being named Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year.

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors recognize and honor Vicki Kalman posthumously for her dedication, outstanding leadership, and commitment to excellence on behalf of the students of the Milwaukee Public Schools.
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Implementation and Assessment Plan
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Signed By:
Dr. Darienne Driver - Superintendent