Wisconsin Schools of Character Committee

The Wisconsin Schools of Character Advisory Committee (WSOC) is responsible for the State Schools of Character Award Program and the Promising Practices Award Program. The State Schools of Character Award (SSOC) is sponsored in partnership with Character.org. The standards for selection and requirements are set by Character.org. This advisory committee is responsible for the organization and administration of these recognition programs. They also establish the criteria for the Wisconsin Promising Practices. The committee is responsible to have trained evaluators to review applications.

Elaine Gehring: State Schools of Character Coordinator, Wisconsin. Education Consultant. Instructional Coach and Mentor of the New Berlin School District. Instructional Coach for teachers in the Proficiency Based Learning Program for CESA. Served as principal of Richards Elementary in Whitefish Bay for sixteen years.

Joe Dannecker: Chairman. Former President Milwaukee School Board. Director on Wisconsin Association of School Boards. Lawyer in private practice.

Kathleen M. Cooke, PhD: District Administrator – Hamilton School District. Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators- Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year. Past President Mid-America Association of School Superintendents. Instructor Cardinal Stritch University Superintendent Licensure Program.

Zehra Tahir: Member of the Executive Committee of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee (ISM), member of the ISM-Education Council, Islamic Studies Department Head and Teacher at Salam School.

Pamela Woodard: Chief Facilitator/WCEP; Past co-chair of Southeastern Wisconsin Schools Alliance; President, Whitefish Bay School Board.