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Three teachers honored by Ed Foundation

Three local teachers were presented with Star Excellence Awards by the Education Foundation of Hudson. Receiving the honor were, from left, Beth Buckmaster-Dulon, Charmaine Lindberg and Megan Gornick. The award includes $3,000 in cash and a handmade, engraved vase. Submitted photo

Submitted by Doug Stohlberg

The Education Foundation of Hudson last week honored three Hudson teachers with Star Excellence Awards. The winners were high school teacher Beth Buckmaster-Dulon; River Crest Elementary teacher Megan Gornick and E.P. Rock Elementary teacher Charmaine Lindberg.

Each teacher was honored by the Education Foundation at their school during ceremonies last week and this week. Each winner was among those nominated by the public earlier this spring.

Buckmaster-Dulon, who lives in Hudson, teaches German 2 and 4 at the high school and has taught for 13 years, including the last six in Hudson. A native of Ashwaubenon, she earned her bachelor's degree and teaching certificate at UW-River Falls. She has a master's degree in education from St. Mary's University in Winona, Minn.

She and her husband Nathan have two children, Ella, 7, and Owen, 4.

Gornick, who lives in Hudson, teaches second grade at River Crest Elementary and has taught in Hudson for 25 years. A native of Rochester, Minn., she earned her bachelor's degree at UW-Eau Claire and has a master's degree from Hamline University in St. Paul.

She and her husband John have two children, Grady, 18, and Griffin, 16.

Lindberg, who lives in Hudson, teaches fifth grade at E.P. Rock Elementary and has taught in Hudson for 11 years. A native of Milwaukee, she earned her bachelor's degree and master's degree in education at UW-River Falls.

She and her husband Philip have two adult children, Benjamin, 30, and Bradley, 27.

The Star Excellence Award includes $3,000 in cash and a handmade, engraved vase. The honor is designed to recognize teachers or staff members who have demonstrated an unusual commitment to inspire students to reach for difficult and lofty goals. Persons recognized have earned the respect of students, parents and peers through sustained effort, high moral standards and the likelihood of enduring beneficial effects on the students with whom they have worked.


Any current or former full-time or part-time employee of a not-for-profit school within the Hudson School District is eligible for nomination.

Star Excellence Award forms are available at all individual school offices, the school district administrative office and on the Foundation website ( The nominator should mail the Star Excellence Award Nomination Form no later than April 1 each year to: Education Foundation of Hudson, PO Box 252, Hudson, WI. 54016. The form may also be submitted online.


The foundation, founded in 1990, is a private organization established to strengthen community participation in local schools and inspire both teachers and students. With recent Star Grants and Star Excellence Awards the foundation has funded nearly $1,386,000 in local education projects since its inception.

The foundation is funded by private donations, mostly coming from local and area businesses, individuals and foundations.

Current foundation board members are Board President Marian Schultz, Dr. Ron Bernth, Vickie Harris, Jodell Krause, Doug Stohlberg, Lynn Krueger, Joan Thompson, Bob Benoy and John Kromer. Steven Keller is the organization's volunteer executive director.