Mrs. Koebel speaks at podium

Dan Francis looks on as Laura Koebel addresses those gathered at the Party with a Purpose after receiving the Spirit of Innovation, Leadership and Service Award. Photo by Leslie Kleinhand-Blad

Laura Koebel wins Spirit of Innovation Award

Posted November 19, 2018

The Plymouth Education Foundation has honored Plymouth High School teacher Laura Koebel with its Spirit of Innovation, Leadership and Service Award.

“Tonight’s recipient understands that a vibrant and diverse school system benefits not only the students, but also the community as a whole,” President Karen Rhyan said in announcing the award Nov. 9 at the foundation’s Party with a Purpose fundraiser.

Mrs. Koebel, language teacher and champion of global studies, is a leader in the student languages curriculum; organizes international student language and service trips; facilitates exchange programs with Columbian and Thai students and educators; advises WeAct, a local and global student service club; supports students at all levels in applying for global scholarships; and mentors AFS exchange students.

One of her many flagship initiatives is the Global Education Achievement Certificate, which was subsequently adopted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

“She believes all students deserve an educational environment where they can strive to be their personal best,” Mrs. Rhyan said. “She has tirelessly worked to invent and champion global opportunities for both students of Plymouth and the community at large.”

The Spirit of Innovation, Leadership and Service Award is given every other year to an outstanding community member, student, teacher, alumni or civic organization. The recipient must meet the award criteria, which includes:

  • Strong support for quality public education
  • Dedication to improving the Plymouth School District’s educational model and the overall impact of public education on our community
  • Inspirational leadership within the district
  • Collaboration to build partnerships within the community

The first award was given posthumously to former Board of Education President Mark Rhyan in 2016.

Learn more:
• Visit the Plymouth Education Foundation website.
• Visit the PHS Global Education Achievement Certificate webpage.
• Explore the Expert Staff section of our award-winning District Report Card to learn more about how our passionate staff guides students through high-quality learning experiences.