Three Wisconsin high school teachers received the VIP Excellence in Teaching Award from Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Each academic quarter, graduating students from MSOE are invited to nominate an individual from their own secondary school experience for the VIP Excellence in Teaching Award. The award recognizes individuals who not only “know their stuff,” but can communicate it, and whose commitment to others includes encouragement of further educational and career goals.

MSOE is proud to recognize those who have had a significant influence on their students’ futures and in some important way, motivated them, inspired them and helped make it happen for them.

Congratulations to:

  • Lee Blount, Wilmot Union High School, Wilmot, Wis.
  • David Clarke, Nathan Hale High School, West Allis, Wis.
  • Chris Streufert, Arrowhead High School, Hartland, Wis.
    (formerly of Kaukauna High School, Kaukauna, Wis.)


Lee Blount was nominated by his former student Cynthia Przybylski, who graduated from MSOE with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. In her nomination Przybylski said, “Mr. Blount made learning fun, and he developed a relationship with each one of his students. With his amazing ability to connect with everyone he had in class, Mr. Blount not only taught his students science, but also how to become a good person.”

Anthony Leonardelli, who graduated from MSOE with high honors and a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering and master’s degree in structural engineering, nominated his former teacher David Clarke. He said, “Mr. Clarke challenged us to surpass our own expectations, and he taught us the study skills necessary to accomplish this goal. He fostered an atmosphere of learning, infused humor into his lessons, and attempted to impart to us his excitement for the material. Mr. Clarke gave me the first sampling of the rigor of college coursework. He motivated me to work hard and provided me the necessary study skills to thrive.”

Chris Streufert was nominated by Mitchell Uitenbroek, who graduated from MSOE with honors and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Uitenbroek was one of Streufert’s students at Kaukauna High School. In his nomination he said, “Mr. Streufert did a tremendous job of not only teaching the material, but connecting to his students and making sure they understood what was being taught. He helped me enjoy learning how the world works and why things react the way they do.”

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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