By Julie Krause, Executive Director, Appleton Education Foundation
The Appleton Education Foundation’s choice for its 2020 leadership honors is someone dedicated to improving education in our community – from the very youngest learners to students attending Fox Valley Technical College or Lawrence University.
In nominating Sally Mielke for the annual Thomas G. Scullen Leadership Award, retired Thrivent Financial executive Jon Stellmacher said, “As a thought leader and hands-on doer, her impact on education has already been significant and will be felt in the Fox Valley for many years to come.”
Sally has worked for decades to improve education for students of all ages. She served as an instructor and trustee for Fox Valley Technical College, championed programs (including United for Reading Success) for Appleton Area School District, co-founded the Community Early Learning Center, and influenced the creation of an elementary educator licensure program at Lawrence University in partnership with the AASD.
She was chosen for the 13th annual award in fall and has since suffered the loss of her partner in this work and in life, Dr. John Mielke.
Sally said the honor is especially meaningful to her because she knew and worked with Dr. Scullen. “His idea of education was so very, very broad and exposed us to so many things.”
The Foundation is pleased to recognize and celebrate Sally’s work. Her history of commitment to improving education, her ability to collaborate with others, and her advocacy for education as a measure of overall quality of life make her a perfect fit for the award.
Thomas G. Scullen Leadership Award winners may direct a $1,000 gift to the nonprofit of their choice. Sally has chosen to split her award between the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and the John Mielke and Sally Morey Mielke Education Fund within the AEF.
Watch our video announcement:
Past award recipients:
2019 Chris N. Linn
2018 Judy Olson
2017 Marcia Engen
2016 Jon Stellmacher
2015 Gary A. Jahnke
2014 Mary Beth Nienhaus
2013 Lou Hull
2012 Susan May, Ph.D.
2011 Ellen Kort (deceased)
2010 James W. Perry, Ph.D.
2009 John E. Mielke, M.D. (deceased)
2008 Donald W. Brown (deceased)
The Appleton Education Foundation, a supporting organization of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, has been working since 1997 to develop a steady source of support for grants now, and for many future generations of Appleton children.