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Alumna Sally Teresinski '59 establishes education scholarship

Sally Teresinski and her late husband, Dean, established the Sally (Selner) and Dean Teresinski Scholarship to support future teachers and to give back to UW Oshkosh for their valuable educational experiences.
Alumna Sally Teresinski '59 establishes education scholarship

Sally Teresinski '59

Since she was in first grade at a country school, Sally Teresinski knew she wanted to be a teacher.

While working in her family’s bean patch, Sally was visited by her high school superintendent who advised her to major in library science and English. She took that advice and attended the then-named Wisconsin State University Oshkosh.

“After graduating, I taught English 9, 11 and 12 at Coleman High School for three years, married Dean and then taught English 10 at Oshkosh West,” Sally said.

Sally’s husband, Dean Teresinski, served in the Navy before attending Wisconsin State University Oshkosh for a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He worked as a chemist and plant manager throughout his career, beginning at Paragon Products and retiring from IGI Wax in 1996. Dean died in 2011.

After her marriage to Dean, Sally pursued a master’s degree in library science from UW-Madison and took a position at UW Oshkosh as curriculum librarian where she worked for 13 years.

“Then I moved on to the Winneconne School District as a teacher/librarian, and I actually replaced one of my former student teachers,” Sally said. She worked for the Winneconne School District for 17 years before retiring in 1994.

Dean and Sally were committed to education. In memory of her parents, Sally established a scholarship at Oconto Falls High School.

“My parents encouraged us in continuing our education because they didn’t have the opportunity to pursue it, and that stuck with me,” Sally said.

Together, Dean and Sally chose to support UW Oshkosh students through the Sally (Selner) and Dean Teresinski Scholarship because of their positive educational experiences and UW Oshkosh’s high-quality faculty.

“We decided to give back because over the years we’ve seen a nice growth of programs at UWO, good chancellors and dedicated people,” Sally said.

When Dean and Sally graduated from their respective high schools, there weren’t any scholarship programs and this, too, encouraged them to support young people as they began their schooling in higher education.

“We wanted to provide financial support to students so they can pursue an education and contribute to society,” Sally said.

Sally also supports UW Oshkosh Foundation planned giving efforts as a member of the Rose Legacy Society.

Contact the UW Oshkosh Foundation at (920) 424-2178 or to learn how you can join Sally and other appreciated alumni and friends in supporting UW Oshkosh students.

by Rebecca Smith last modified Oct 03, 2017 10:09 AM

Contact the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation
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