Annie Baumann, elected in April to the Board of Education for the School District of La Crosse, has joined the Board of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation.
She will serve as an ex officio member of the LPEF Board, replacing Brad Quarberg, who served six years as the representative from the Board of Education.
Annie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor of arts degree in classics and from Dominican University with a master’s degree in library and information science. Annie has two daughters in La Crosse schools and a toddler who is eager to join her sisters at school in a few years. Annie’s husband, David, is a physician at Gundersen Health System. Before choosing to shift gears to focus on raising her young children, Annie worked for several years as an academic librarian specializing in information literacy instruction and electronic resource management. Annie enjoys going for walks on the local trails with her family and spending time on the river when the weather is nice.
The mission of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation is to enhance learning opportunities for students in the School District of La Crosse and to promote community understanding and support for public education. LPEF was founded in 1988 by some very forward-looking La Crosse residents who were passionate in their support of public education in La Crosse.
The Foundation expects to provide more than $300,000 in support in 2021 to students and staff in the School District of La Crosse. This includes about $80,000 in Gold Star Grants to promote classroom innovation and about $30,000 for Random Acts of Kindness to meet needs of students in areas such as nutrition, hygiene, clothing, and transportation.