Lisa Colla and Carrie Hanson Selected for 2020 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Awards

Lisa Colla and Carrie Hanson Selected for 2020 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Awards
Posted on 02/19/2020
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We are proud to announce that Shared Journeys Leader, Lisa Colla, and Central High School Social Studies Teacher, Carrie Hanson, were selected for the 2020 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Principal Leadership Award and Teacher Fellow Award. 

The Principal Leadership Award recognizes leaders for setting high standards for instruction, achievement and character, and creating a climate to best serve students, families, staff, and community. The Teacher Fellow Award recognizes teachers for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students. Both awards include a $6,000 grant for the recipient and for the school.

Lisa Colla has been a dedicated educator in the District for 30 years. She has been teaching and overseeing Shared Journeys Charter School since 2010. Shared Journeys is a school that serves pregnant and parenting teens. The program is also supported by Aurora West Allis Medical Center, a partner from the beginning. According to Colla, “Our mission is to provide expectant and school-age parents an opportunity to complete a high school education, encourage strong parenting, and live healthy lifestyles. The students build post-secondary skills through a supportive community and innovative learning environment.”

Recently, Colla worked to provide childcare services at Shared Journeys. “For years, I knew that students struggled with childcare. It was a daily obstacle for the students so I started working with our Governing Board to explore options to provide the service at school. We are always trying to remove the barriers and ensure that each student is successful.”

For Colla it has been an honor to be part of the program. “I am thankful for my Board of Directors and our District for their vision. We have wonderful teachers, staff members, and an incredibly supportive community. Most of all, it is amazing to work with our students.  They work hard to be college and career ready while parenting.”

Carrie Hanson has been a teacher for six years. She spent three years teaching at Nathan Hale High School before joining the staff at West Allis Central High School. During her tenure, she teaches social studies, criminal justice, world history, and advanced placement human geography

In addition to her work in the classroom, Hanson
is an advisor for the Student Council and Interact Club. She is involved in AVID - Advanced Via Individual Determination Site Team. “AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.” Hanson is also the PBIS - Positive Behavior Intervention System Team Leader for Central High School. 

“I am so grateful and thankful for the people I get to work with, especially to the many amazing mentors I have been surrounded with since I came to West Allis. I love this community with all my heart. I look forward to continuing to grow as a teacher and a person with my students and our Central family,” says Hanson. 

“We are very proud of Mrs. Colla and Ms. Hanson,” said Superintendent, Dr. Marty Lexmond, “These educators have a high level of expertise and are deeply dedicated to the work they do. They are making a significant difference in the lives of our students.” 

Award recipients will be honored on May 9, 2020 in Milwaukee.