“The UW-Green Bay book club discussion on ‘Courageous Conversations About Race’ last spring and my learning from the disproportionality summit motivated me to design a multicultural program for students at the Green Bay Boys & Girls Club this summer, as part of my summer work experience,” she said. “The students learned about different cultures and were also introduced to African culture through a hands-on African Hand Drumming experience instructed by the UW-Green Bay Nia African Drummers program. The program was very successful and about 50 students participated.”
Since the first face-to-face seminars last spring at the UW-Green Bay campus, the PDC staff, coaches and the Quality Review Board (QRB) have continued to provide web-based support though online programming and phone contacts and videos, while QAARDAN provides local support through frequent communication and site visits. The candidates are currently working on their Individual Learning Plans (ILP) focused on their school/building goals and also their online Action Research course, which are partial requirements for program completion. The candidates are finding the PDC program very different from other professional development programs. Its rigor and relevance to improved practice are valued, they say. Here are reflections from two candidates about their journey so far:
“I started my PDC journey with an overwhelming enthusiasm and optimism. I was hungry for a fresh challenge and need to grow professionally to become a better teacher and even more so, a better learner. Learning has been completely different from anything I have done before. I feel my understanding has greatly matured over this short period of time. I am much more equipped with the necessary tools to improve learning in my classroom.” Paul Adebanjo, sixth grade English Language teacher, Halifield School, Lagos.
“Unlike other professional development programs I had experienced, the PDC is rigorous and tasking. It is not a ‘read and answer’ or ‘copy and paste’ program; you must research your focus topic relevant to student learning and analyze and interpret your data. The PDC has challenged me to be a better learner and has provided the structure and the process to begin to change my leadership style as an educator. The program is encouraging and provides assistance and support for my success. I am eagerly researching my topic and look forward to interpreting my data once I begin my Action Research within my school building. As a teacher of teachers, this program provides strong leadership training for my continued professional growth.” Adeola Tolulope Adebola, Deputy Head Teacher, Chrisland Education Organization, Lagos.
The International PDC candidates are currently learning about action research through an on-line eight week program and some of them have already identified their action research topics. Action research allows candidates to focus on a topic relevant to student learning and areas of improvement in their respective schools.
The scholarship provides support and encouragement for the following students attending UW-Green Bay.
New scholarship awardees
- Pamai Xiong, Richard and Beth Gochnauer Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Stephanie Hermans, Larry and Kayleen Ferguson Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Katrina Pratt, Tony Galt Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Brianna Hammersley, Larry Weyers/WPS Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Dallas Selissen, Tony Galt Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Alexis Saldana, Barb Lemerond Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Napho Xiong, Larry Weyers/WPS Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Jonathan Wilkins Clancy, Larry Weyers/WPS Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Dartania Cooney, Ginny and Jack Riopelle Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Brittaney Cooney, Larry Weyers/WPS Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Eva Cruz Martinez, Laatsch Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Riley Garbe, Larry and Kayleen Fergusen Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Zachary Hibbard, Larry and Kayleen Fergusen Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Chuenhua Ho, U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation, Inc. Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Vanessa Jardine, Larry and Kayleen Fergusen Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Lily Johnson, Tim and Maryanne Weyenberg Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Adriana Montejano, Craig A. Mueller Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Thomas Mottl, Larry L. Weyers/WPS Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Jesse Perez, U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Theresa Rock, Terry and Kris Fulwiler Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Jesus Rascon, Billie Kress Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Amanda Sabah, Terry and Kris Fulwiler Phuture Phonix Scholarship
- Elizabeth Sanchez, Cyndie Shepard Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Adrianna Shuler, Larry and Kayleen Phuture Phoenix Scholaship
- Shi Yeng Vang, Gary Weidner Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
- Bianca Williams-Ford, Billie Kress Phuture Phonix Scholarship
- Peter Her, Edward & Cecelia Plass Farm Scholarship,
- Paige Cretton-Presnell, Bill and Pat Larsen Scholarship
The recipients and their grant projects are as follows:
- Bonduel School District, Bonduel Elementary School teacher, Kylee Richter-WeDO Lego Robotics ($4,938.26)
- Green Bay Area Public School, East High School teacher, Lucinda Roberts-Summer Strings Bootcamp Specialty Violin Incentive ($5,000)
- Green Bay Area Public School District, Lombardi Middle School teacher, Jenna Matzke-FIRST Program ($2,500)
- Green Bay Area Public School District, Keller Elementary School teacher Tina Wilk Eaton- S’Cool Moves Summer Camp ($2,743)
- Manitowoc Public School District, Madison Elementary School teacher Ruth Krause-Transforming Literacy Instruction in an Urban School ($3,131.60)
- Manitowoc Public School District, Monroe Elementary School teacher, David L. Bourgeois- World Music Drumming for Monroe School ($3,000)
- Pulaski Community School District, Pulaski Middle School teacher, Eric Schwister-Bringing 21st Century Tech & Career Skills to PCMS ($4,375)
- Suring School District, Suring Elementary School teachers, Kathy Runge & Nancy Stegeman-Implementing the daily Five Reading Program ($2,692)
- Unified School District of De Pere, Heritage Elementary School teacher, Luke Herlache-The Ripple Effect: Leadership Academy Initiative ($7,400)
Livieri says his vision is to “bring agriculture to our youth through Edgerton School District’s farm-learning initiatives.”
A local family, the Silverwoods, donated a farm making it possible for Livieri and the school district to implement their farm-learning initiatives.
“Farm-learning started in September 2014 with the vision of healthier eating for all Edgerton students,” said Livieri. “With that vision, a team of individuals in the district decided to implement various gardening projects to grow fresh produce for our schools.”
District partners in the project include Michael McCabe, high school alternative education teacher; Rick Reese, agriculture teacher; Phill Klamm, Edgerton Middle School principal; Dr. Mark Coombs, Edgerton High School principal; and Dr. Dennis Pauli, Edgerton School District superintendent.
The farm-learning initiative has made an impact on the students at Edgerton.
“I learned a lot about planting and picking,” said one middle-schooler. “I learned how to use some garden tools and now I feel like I am ready to start my own garden. I wish I could do it again.”
Students were immediately engaged by Livieri’s farm-learning, Klamm said.
“Whenever I went to observe the class, I was amazed at the diversity of kids with boots and gardening tools,” he said.
Five area educators, representing schools and industry, received their degrees in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning from UW-Green Bay this spring. Each graduate completed their professional projects as part of the requirement for graduation. The graduates and their projects are listed below:
Corey Livieri, Teacher, Edgerton School District, “Farming Learning: Bringing Agricultural Education to South Central Wisconsin’s Youth”
Susan Daniels, UW-Green Bay graduate, “Discovery Who I Am: A Journey to Empowerment for Oneida Nation Youth”
Robert Fish, Title V11 Teacher, Green Bay Area Public School, “Native Values and Pedagogy in Practice”
Leah Stroobants, Executive Host, Oneida Casino, “Soaring Eagles Workshop – Improving the academic achievement rates of First Nations students enrolled in the Green Bay public education system”
Daniel Terrio, Youth Development Coordinator, Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, “Leadership Development through Service and Project Based Learning”
The Institute for Learning Partnership congratulates all the Golden Apple Award honorees.
Golden Apple Award honorees, announced on March 5:
- Kerstin Westcott, Washington Middle School (Green Bay)
- Audrey Nowak, Bay Port High School (Howard-Suamico)
- Amy Kupsh, Valley View Elementary (Ashwaubenon)
- Sean Gibbons, West De Pere Middle School
- Westwood Elementary Team - Regan Budek, Stacey Derbique, Samantha Sullivan, Kayla Weyenberg (West De Pere)
- Kelly Suda, Green Bay Preble High School
- Sheila Kohl, West De Pere Middle School
Three of the 2014 Golden Apple Award honorees — Kerstin Westcott, (Green Bay) EED ’05; Amy Kupsh, EED ’96; Sheila Kohl, EED ’96 and MSL ’05 — are graduates of UWGB’s Professional Program in Education. Read more about these fabulous educators.
Sheila Kohl is a veteran teacher and National Board Certified. She has taught sixth grade science and social studies classes for 16 years at West De Pere Middle School.
“I am proud to have received my undergraduate and graduate degrees at UW-Green Bay as the coursework for both helped prepare me to be a teacher and introduced me to the idea of being a teacher leader,” Kohl said.” “In addition, attending the Institute for Learning Partnership’s National Board for Professional Teaching Standard workshops helped me to become a national Board Certified Teacher. I reflect often on my experiences and the academic growth achieved with UW-Green Bay’s programs and thankful I had the opportunity to attend such a fantastic university.”
Amy Kupsh is an 18-year teaching veteran. She has taught both first and second grades at Valley View Elementary School, Ashwaubenon, Wis.
“My educational experience at UWGB prepared me well for life in the teaching world,” she said. “Just as I am trying my best to make a difference in the lives of my students, the UWGB education program faculty made a difference for me. Joan Thron gave me a love for literature. Joan Simmons taught me about the developmental progression in teaching children how to read and write. Ted Korowthoski taught me how to effectively teach mathematics to children. Francine Thompkins enabled me to be a resource to my students and their families and their many needs. They and many faculty members gave me the tools necessary to be an effective educator coming fresh out of college and I am very grateful to them.”
Kerstin Westcott teaches at Washington Middle School, Green Bay, Wis. She teaches 6th grade reading, writing, and social studies and has been teaching for 9 years – three years at Red Smith School and six at Washington Middle School.
Kerstin said she is the teacher she is today because of her UWGB education.
“My years at UW-Green Bay were some of the best years of my life. From the moment I set foot on campus, I felt like I was where I meant to be,” she said. “When I joined the Education Program, I was blessed to learn from some of the best professors and have some of the best experiences that anyone could ask for.
“The UWGB Education Program gave me the opportunity to get involved in all different types of classrooms around the city. I had the chance to work with a variety of age groups and in a variety of subjects from very early on in my college career. My professors supported me throughout the process and gave me valuable knowledge that I have put in to practice throughout my years of teaching. I am the teacher I am today because of the wonderful years I had at UW-Green Bay.”
UW-Green Bay is grateful for partner educators and schools that prepare about 80 student-teachers each semester in the local area, as well as other states like South Dakota, Alaska, Missouri and Colorado. Others are student-teaching in as far-off places such as France, China, Mexico and England.
It is a credit to local partnering-schools that UW-Green Bay’s Professional Program in Education is widely recognized as one of the finest teacher preparation programs in the state — even receiving the Regents Excellence Award for an Academic Department of the Year in the UW-System in 2011. Post graduate placement rate is high, mostly attributed to the positive relationships and partnerships with area school districts. Also, enrollment into the program is consistently at capacity.
UW-Green Bay graduates are assuming leadership roles in their schools/district and earning professional recognitions as distinguished and accomplished educators. Ongoing collaborations and partnerships with the Institute for Learning Partnership’s partner schools make it possible for pre-service teachers to be in community schools/classrooms early in their career. Its strong partnership with the Discovery School in Cuernavaca, Mexico, immerses pre-service teachers in a Spanish speaking language and culture. We’ve placed the spotlight on a few local educators to see just how UW-Green Bay and their partners helped them prepare for a teaching career:
Chris Hendericks, 2005
Fifth-grade teacher, Glenbrook Elementary
“The UWGB education program also set me up to succeed, because of leaders like Tim Kaufman and Karen Bircher, who placed me with the best teachers in the area to learn from,” said Hendricks.
He earned a Golden Apple Teacher award in 2012, which supports his professional success as a distinguished educator.
Hendricks referred to UWGB education program as his “foundation as an educator.”
“Looking back, it is probably the single most important step I took part in, in becoming a teacher,” Hendricks said. “I would recommend UWGB’s education programs to anyone who is interested in becoming an educator and being trained by the best.”
He identified that the most important component of UWGB Professional Program in Education is the early and frequent exposure to real classrooms, which helped him to feel more comfortable in classrooms.
“The most powerful component of the program, for me, was constantly being in the classrooms,” he said. “All the hands-on experiences while in the program have shaped the way I instruct and assess and my expectations for my student-teaching classroom.”
In addition to Hendricks work as a teacher, his classroom is 1 of 7 District-Wide “21st Century Model Technology Classrooms” and he is a member of his school’s Leadership Team.
Nathan Riehl, 2010
Currently enrolled in Master’s in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning
Combat Medic Instructor, Wisconsin Army National Guard
Teaches Emergency Medical Services, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Being in the National Guard, he found support from the UWGB program.
“As a veteran, I had to leave school several times for training, mobilization and deployment and UWGB was very flexible in my training,” he said. “Through all this time, UWGB, the Education Department, Dr. Tim Kaufman and the entire faculty made the transition in and out of school very easy and painless. They were willing to work with me to develop a plan that is in the best interest of parties involved. It took me 10 years to complete my undergraduate degree and the skills I learned have made me the teacher I am today.”
Riehl identified classroom management techniques and the opportunity to get into schools for observations and student teaching as important features of the UWGB program.
“The UWGB Professional Program in Education gave me confidence in my ability to manage a classroom and work with others on a professional level,” he said. “The program is designed to help you succeed; not only do you get into schools for observations and student teaching, you have the opportunity to see classroom management in every class with great instructors that the program puts in front of you.”
In additional to teaching Emergency Medical Services at NWTC, Riehl assumes leadership roles including Coordinator for Advanced EMT program. He helped establish and assist in the operation of NWTC Medical Response Team, he is a member of NWTC Safety Team, a volunteer with Black Creek Rescue EMT-Intermediate Technician, and continues to serve with the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
Tammy Allen, 2009 & 2011
First-grade, Two-Way Bilingual teacher, Wilder Elementary School,
Green Bay, WI.
“As an undergrad, UWGB gave me many opportunities to apply what I learned in classrooms in multiple school districts in the community, grade levels and content areas,” she said. “Also, not only do my students have great academic success, but many times my colleagues look to me for advice on how to improve their own instruction.”
Allen credits the master’s program for her confidence in teaching. “While completing my coursework for my master’s program, I was pushed to look at the way I taught, assessed and interacted with my students.
Allen recommends the UWGB Education Program to those seeking an education degree.
Allen has really blossomed as a teacher. She assumes leadership roles and is a member of the Wilder Leadership Building Team and a member of the Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports, Universal Leadership Team. She was also a member of the Bilingual First Grade Curriculum Writing Team, last summer.
Carissa Teaters, 2007 & 2011
First grade Bilingual teacher
Danz Elementary School,
Green Bay, WI.
“The UWGB Professional Program in Education prepared me professionally by giving me many hands-on opportunities in many different school settings,” she said. “These experiences opened my eyes to the fact that a teacher’s day is ever changing and you encounter new situations daily, no day is the same.”
Teaters is involved in a few leadership roles at her school. She’s a member of the Positive Behavior Intervention Support Team and the Wellness Committee. She is also the contact person between the Einstein Science Project and the school staff, among other endeavors.
UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Education awarded 43 pre-service teachers scholarships to attend the 2014 Disproportionality Summit, “Creating Culturally Responsive Educators and School Communities: Practices for Reaching and Teaching All Students.” With the rapidly changing demographics in schools, it is necessary to prepare pre-service teachers for today’s classrooms so that they become more culturally responsive to be able reach and teach all students.
Pre-service teacher, Jamie Stahl, who attended the summit, said the 2014 Summit provided students with a tool kit.
“The Summit gives you a chance to talk more about the language choices we make as teachers and how we can be more aware of ourselves and our students. It drives us to become the best we can be for our students and provides us with a tool kit of language and activities to begin tackling the very real issues we face in the classroom. As a pre-service educator, I consider the Summit an annual requirement because of the large impact it has had each year I have attended.”
From left to right, bottom row: Autumn Beukema, Stephanie Joniaux, Charnae LaLuzerne, Nikita Cantable
Row 2: Dan Panosh, Andrew Enderby, Eva Cruz M
Row 3: Heather Lindahl, Sarah Wendricks, Jared Spude
Row 4: Maggie Clark, Elizabeth Simon, Selena Williams
Row 5: Brooke Ferdon, Jamie Stahl, Melissa Zimmerman
Row 6: Stefanie Ogea, Heather Boeckman, Mariah Monke, Briana Vander Heiden, Morgan Agamaite
UW-Green Bay’s College of Professional Studies and Professional Program in Education hosted a spring 2014 “Celebration of Achievement” event at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts and honored seven area educators and UW-Green Bay alumni for their outstanding achievement. Also, ten UW-Green Bay pre-service teachers received Education Scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Awardees are listed as follows:
The 2014 Outstanding Alumni Awards:
- Outstanding Pre-service Teacher, Jared Spude, UW-Green Bay
- Outstanding Student Teacher, Gino Gemignani, BS’14, Preble High School Student Teacher, Green Bay
- Outstanding New Graduate, Erika Nieto, BS’12, Fort Howard Elementary , Green Bay
- Excellence in Education, Nicholas Nesvacil, MS’07, Preble High School, Green Bay
- Outstanding Educator, Jenny Wassenberg, BS’98, MS ’03, Phantom Knight School, West De Pere
- Leadership & Service Award, Sara Boyer Rohde, BA’04, MS’13, Foxview Intermediate School, De Pere
- Friend of Education, Kathleen Van Pay, Principal, Heritage Elementary School, De Pere