UW-Eau Claire Alumni

Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award
2015 Recipients

Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award: Recognizes distinguished service to the community, state or nation in a manner that brings credit upon the recipient and the university.

Jane Berenz
Jane Berenz

Jane Berenz í82, bachelorís degree in special education 

Jane Berenz is the superintendent of Minnesota’s Independent School District 196, known as the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools. The district is the fourth largest in the state, serving more than 27,000 students. Prior to becoming superintendent in 2009, Berenz served the district for 22 years as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, principal, director of elementary education, and director of teaching and learning.

Berenz, who has served in multiple advisory roles on legislative committees at the state and city levels, as well as on the advisory council for the Reading Recovery Council of North America, is nationally recognized for her skill and leadership in enhancing teacher professional development and improving student academic performance. In June she was awarded the 2015 national Teacher Leader Award from the Reading Recovery Council of North America for her leadership of her school district’s literacy efforts.


View the list of past recipients of this award.