Three HOPE Christian Schools Teachers Earn Wisconsin Award

Center for Urban Ministries | Dr. Steven Gerner

Contact: Dr. Steven Gerner
Executive Director of the Center for Urban Ministries



Contact: Dr. Steven Gerner

Executive Director of the Center for Urban Ministries


(MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, May 27, 2020) – Three teachers from HOPE Christian Schools in Milwaukee recently were awarded $1000 through a formal nomination process. 

The Neubauer Prize for Urban Teaching is an award presented by the Center for Urban Education Ministries, a national non-profit. 2020 is the first year of this special honor. Named after a generous donor in honor of Laura and David, two very special people who greatly respected the love and commitment of teaching, this prize honors teacher excellence. This special honor is given to teachers who are positively engaging students and building strong student relationships in this virtual teaching landscape. 


Private and public school urban teachers from Wisconsin were able to nominate themselves or be nominated for this valuable award. In May 2020, 12 Wisconsin urban educators were awarded The 2020 Neubauer Prize for Urban Teaching. Each winning educator receives a certificate honoring their tremendous accomplishment and a gift of $1,000.


HOPE Christian Schools 2020 Neubauer Prize for Urban Teaching Award Winners: 


Quanesha Medina HOPE Christian School Semper, Milwaukee

Zach Murray HOPE Christian School Fidelis, Milwaukee

George Paasewe HOPE Christian School Fortis, Milwaukee


2020 has presented enormous challenges to educators as students have abruptly exited their schools and are learning at home. Communication, engagement of the students, and quality content are just a few of the barriers to success. These teachers have responded with great energy and drive to master this new form of learning. Some of the creativity these teachers have implemented includes teaching videos, emotional support activities, parent engagement strategies, problem-solving with technology, home visits, and tutoring sessions. All of this work is done with a keen purpose and overwhelming joy. 


HOPE Christian Schools® ( is a network of eight college-preparatory schools in Milwaukee and Racine, Wisconsin. Our mission is to deliver the 3 Cs – Christ. College. Character.® – to the children, families, and communities we are privileged to serve. Nearly 3,000 scholars are enrolled in our seven K-8 schools and one high school. HOPE participates in both the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and the Racine Parental Choice Program (commonly known as “school choice”). Through these programs, a HOPE education is tuition-free for qualifying families. HOPE is privileged to be a part of Wisconsin’s nationwide leadership in school choice.


The Center for Urban Education Ministries ( is a national non-profit organization that is “relentlessly strengthening urban education” through recruitment of our next teachers/leaders, relevant and high-quality resources, and recognition of excellence. Located at Concordia University Wisconsin, the Center for Urban Education Ministries is one of the nation’s leading experts in urban education.