Mequon-Thiensville School District Hall of Inspiration Induction Program - June 3, 2009

May 20, 2009

The Mequon-Thiensville School District is hosting the third annual Hall of Inspiration Induction Program on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.


Please join us as we recognize these outstanding alumni or past educators from the district who have left a positive impact on the education of children in Mequon and Thiensville.


This year’s honorees include:


Meg Bortin – Homestead Class of 1967

John W. “Jack” Holub – Retired Homestead Teacher

Evelyn B. Hughes – Retired Donges Bay Teacher

John Marita – Retired Homestead Teacher

Robert Patton – Retired Homestead Teacher and District Technology Coordinator

Ellen Puerling – Retired Donges Bay Teacher

Harry C. Steffen – Former Principal of Steffen Middle School

Neil Willenson – Homestead Class of 1988


Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Demond A. Means, states “The Hall of Inspiration is an opportunity for us as a school community to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of heroic individuals who have shaped the culture of the school district. The Hall of Inspiration is a wonderful celebration of who we are as a district.”


The list of honorees is extremely impressive this school year. The list of honorees includes Ms. Meg Bortin. Ms. Bortin is the editor in charge of The International Herald Tribune Style Magazine, published in conjunction with The New York Times. Ms. Bortin is a specialist in international affairs. In 1996 she was awarded a Knight Fellowship and spent six months as a consultant to newspapers in the Philippines.


Mr. Neil Willenson is another alumni being honored this year in the Hall of Inspiration. Neil Willenson is the founder of Camp Heartland, an internationally recognized non-profit organization that supports and enriches the lives of children impacted by HIV/AIDS. Camp Heartland has supported scores of young people affected by the crippling disease of HIV/AIDS. Mr. Willenson was recently featured in the December 2008 Men of the Year edition of GQ magazine – alongside the likes of famous actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Barack Obama.


Mr. Harry Steffen was the District Administrator for District #3 until his retirement as the leader of the kindergarten through eighth grade district in 1958. In 1966, Steffen Middle School was named in his honor. At the time, Steffen Middle School was hailed the first “middle school” in the State of Wisconsin.


Evelyn B. Hughes was the first African American teacher hired in Thiensville-Mequon School District # 10. Ms. Hughes went on to become a devoted member of the Ozaukee County branch of the NAACP. The Ozaukee County Branch of the NACCP has named an award for multicultural teaching in honor of Ms. Hughes. The Evelyn B. Hughes award is presented each year to an educator in the Mequon-Thiensville School District who has made contributions in the area of multicultural education for children in our school district.


The list of accomplishments of the honorees is endless. We encourage the community to come to the ceremony to honor the 2009 inductees of the Honor of Inspiration.


The induction ceremony for the Hall of Inspiration is scheduled to take place on June 3, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. in the Homestead High School cafeteria.

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