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Outstanding Service Award

Outstanding Service Award Guidelines

The purpose of the Outstanding Service Award is to recognize someone who has provided outstanding service to Title 1 or the Wisconsin Title 1 Association.

Nominators should gather information, complete the attached entry form, and submit it along with a typed description (two-page maximum) of the outstanding contributions your nominee has made to Title 1 or the Wisconsin Title 1 Association. Click here for the application. Submit entry by February 1, 2020 to:

            Co-Past Presidents, Kelly Kroon ( and Amy Treptow (

  • Recipient must be or have been actively involved with Title 1 locally or as a member of the Wisconsin Title 1 Association.  
  • Recipient must have demonstrated leadership and a willingness to be actively involved in Title 1 Programs.  
  • Recipient's achievements must have resulted in a significant impact on the growth of Title 1 organizations, the local Title 1 Program, or increasing awareness of legislation favoring Title 1.

The Awards Committee will review the nominations and select the recipient(s).  The nominator(s) of the recipient will be notified and may help present the award at the spring meeting of the Wisconsin Title 1 Association. 
    The Award recipient will receive:
  •     A check in the amount of $200 written to his/her school
  •     Hotel room the evening before the breakfast meeting (where the award is presented)
  •     Breakfast 

Past Winners

2018 Outstanding Service Award Recipient 
Congratulations to Cindy Fischer, Antigo!

Mrs. Fischer has dedicated over 25 years of her career to the Unified School District of Antigo.  She is someone who has worn many hats over the years, including the Title 1 Coordinator.  Cindy is a team player who would always embrace each new position as a new challenge.  She focuses her energies on providing support for both staff and students, so they are able to achieve to their highest potential. 

She started her career in The Unified School District of Antigo as a physical education teacher and moved into various positions.  Her positions included; high school assistant principal, middle school athletic director and elementary principal of two buildings.  She has held the position of Director of Instruction and Title 1 Coordinator for the past 13 years.  During 7 of these 13 years, she also held the principal position at Mattoon Elementary School.  In this long line of career challenges, she was able to excel.  She makes it look easy as she prioritizes her duties, remains organized, and accomplishes what she sets out to do in order to improve the district.

Cindy is committed to doing what is best for all the children in the community.  Her activities outside the school district include; being a member of the Kiwanis organization, a member of the Optimists, and involvement in the Baby’s First Books Program.  The Baby’s First Books Program focuses on the importance of reading from day 1 of a child’s life.  It provides new parents (who reside within a Title 1 school boundary) a book for their newborn every month for the first twelve months of life.  Cindy’s commitment to supporting parents in any way to help promote literacy and the love of learning is above and beyond.

From being the Title 1 Coordinator, Director of Instruction and principal covering elementary schools in a single year, Cindy has proven her outstanding service to the Unified School District of Antigo.  Cindy’s leadership is top-notch.  Throughout her career she has empowered teachers to be leaders and has allowed them to be an integral part of school improvement efforts.  She has always supported and encouraged collaboration throughout the district.  Her hard work, dedication and determination have had, and will continue to have, a lasting impact on the children in Antigo. 

2017 - No applications

2016 Outstanding Service Award Recipient

On behalf of the Wisconsin Title I Association, please join us in congratulating Mrs. Cynthia Terrill on receiving the Outstanding Service Award for 2016. 

Cindy Terrill, current K-12 Reading Specialist and Title 1 teacher at Pecatonica Area Schools is completing her 39th year of teaching.  She has enjoyed a wide career  as an elementary teacher for 7 years at Mineral Point- her hometown, followed by 7 years as a principal at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Dodgeville, and then 7 years as the Reading Specialist for the Dodgeville School District.  In 1990, she received the WSRA Outstanding Administrator in Reading award.  She served as President and later on the board for the Hidden Valley Reading Council for numerous years.  During the past 18 years she has been Pecatonica's sole Title 1 teacher for their K-5 elementary.  In addition, Cindy has taught graduate classes in reading for UW-Platteville and UW-Oshkosh and numerous summer academies from around the state.  She has contemplated retirement since the birth of her 9 grandchildren but just can't let go yet as teaching still excites her today as much as it did in 1976 when she first started.  She is very proud that three of her children have also chosen to be teachers as well.  

Mrs. Terrill was nominated by the Superintendent of Pecatonica Area Schools, Dr. Jill Underly.   Dr. Underly spoke to Mrs. Terrill's active involvement and leadership in the district's Title I program and highlighted Cindy's leadership and significant impact on the growth of the district and her students.  "Mrs. Terrill is a continuous learner who sets a wonderful example of this for both her students and her colleagues.  She is never afraid to try something new."  

Congratulations Mrs. Cynthia Terrill!

2014 Award Winners
Congratulations to Jodi Haese of Reedsville and Ellen Jeanne Schnabl of Lac du Flambeau for being selected 2014 recipients of the Outstanding Service Award.  Thanks to these people for their dedication and service to Title 1 students!

Nov 10, 2013, 10:05 AM