On October 18, 2016, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Langenfeld was recognized at the Greater Green Bay Chamber's Annual Dinner as the recipient of this year's Athena Award.
The ATHENA Award has been given since 1985 to women and men who have demonstrated excellence in their business or professions, have generously assisted in the advancement of women, and have devoted time and energy to serving their community. The award not only recognizes the accomplishments of the recipients, but it celebrates the wisdom, strength and enlightenment of the recipient.
Recipients are nominated by members of the Chamber and chosen by previous ATHENA Award winners. Dr. Langenfeld was nominated by President/CEO of Lindquist Machine Corporation Mark Kaiser.
Dr. Michelle Langenfeld began her career as the superintendent of schools and learning for the Green Bay Area Public School District in 2011. As superintendent, she reports to a seven person Board of Education, is responsible for approximately 3,000 staff and over 21,000 students in 41 schools and 2 District buildings, and oversees a $244 million budget.
In the past five years, Dr. Langenfeld has worked closely with community organizations, the business community, and local and state elected officials to create a better understanding of the District and to garner resources to improve opportunities for students.
Many of the new and innovative opportunities available to students and families in the Green Bay Area Public School District are a result of partnerships with education, community and business organizations. Dr. Langenfeld was a key component in making these opportunities a reality. They include:
-OAK Learning Center (Nature-based 4K), a partnership with the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay.
-Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners, a school that serves 350 K5-8 gifted and talented students creating a vibrant school in a renovated former Catholic school and convent that were vacant in downtown Green Bay.
-Bay Link Manufacturing, a high-precision manufacturing learning lab at West High School. Bay Link Manufacturing is a partnership between the District, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and the NEW Manufacturing Alliance.
-City Stadium Automotive, a newly renovated automotive shop located at East High School. City Stadium Automotive was made possible with support from NWTC and the local automotive industry.
-Dr. Rosa Minoka Hill School, another school that resides in a renovated downtown building and serves students with a continuum of unique learning needs.
-The Academy program was created to serve students, who for a variety of reasons are credit deficient, preparing them to graduate and to be successful in the post-secondary world. Last year was the first year of the program, which successfully graduated 94% of students enrolled.
Dr. Langenfeld is very involved in the community and serves in many leadership roles:
-Greater Green Bay Chamber Board
-United Way Board
-Einstein Project Board
-Partners in Education Board and Executive Committee
-Achieve Brown County Collaborative Leadership Council
-Achieve Brown County Executive Team
-Life Study Committee
-SUNG (St. Norbert College, UWGB, NWTC and GBAPS)
-Association for Equity in Funding Steering Committee