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Daily, urban schools are achieving tremendous academic and behavioral results. Schools and communities benefit from utilizing these successful strategies. We celebrate these results to reinforce these outcomes and to have other institutions mimic achievements.


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Neubauer Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2022 NEUBAUER PRIZE FOR URBAN TEACHING recipients 

We are NOW accepting nominations for the 2023 Neubauer Prizes. Learn more about Teacher nominations HERE, and Teacher Assistants nominations HERE. The nomination deadline has been extended and is now May 7, 2023.


Teacher Assistants

Octavia Canser – Carmen High School

Michelle Cook – St. Marcus Lutheran

Lashonda Riley - ShiningStar Christian School

Chazidi White – Dr. George Washington Carver Academy

Katie Kulinski - Honey Creek Continuous Progress School

Tajahnae McLenore - Risen Savior Lutheran School EAST

Shanda Hunter – Carson Academy

Megan Diaz – Hope Christian School

Iliana Clark – Pulaski High School

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Sherry Green – Parkview School

Patricia Cannon – Hope Fidelis Christian School

Leticia Aldape – Alcott School

Lauren Geary – St. Marcus Lutheran School – Milwaukee Campus

Kendra Wilson – Hope Fidelis Christian School

Kelsi Daffner -St. Marcus Lutheran School – Milwaukee Campus

Jordyn Jurss – St. Marcus Lutheran School – Milwaukee Campus

Jazmin Renta – Hope Christian Schools

Erin Ballard – Mount Olive Christian Day School

Erin Plughoeft - Risen Savior Lutheran School EAST

Emily Ertel – St. Marcus Lutheran – Harambee Campus

Elissa Ellerman - Christ-St. Peter School

Ashley DiBona – Hope Fidelis Christian School

Meet the 2022 8th Grade Award Winners from Our Saviour Bronx

Ryan anderson

Kaedyn Spence

Zaire Johnson

Ready to make a difference?



The Jake Nelson Achiever Award is strengthening urban education and honoring a truly special man.

Jake Nelson was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend to many. He was also a fierce competitor in football, basketball, baseball and golf, and loved to hunt and spend time in the outdoors. Above all, he was a true follower of Jesus. His Christian faith, as well as spending time with family, friends, and his dogs, was always of the upmost importance to him. As a product of both the Lutheran educational system and urban schools, Jake was excited to follow a calling into the business world, joining his family in the restaurant business. However, in November 2020, Jake was called home to be with his Savior forever. The Center for Urban Education Ministries established The Jake Nelson Achiever Award in his loving memory. 


The Jake Nelson Achiever Award honors select 8th graders attending an urban school, who perform academically and behaviorally at a high level, and plan to attend a Lutheran High School. The amount of the award can range from $1,000-$4,000. 

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