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Farm Learning is Master’s Project

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.

Edgerton Middle School Farm Project

Edgerton Middle School Farm Project


Five Recieve Master’s Degrees

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”

Congratulations! Golden Apple Winners

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.

Shelia Kohl Computer Pic

“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.

Amy Kupsh

“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 Westcott

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.”

Professional Program in Education Excels in Teacher Preparation

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

Christopher Hendricks

Fifth-grade teacher, Glenbrook Elementary

Pulaski, WI.

“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

Nathan Riehl

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

Tammy Allen 4a

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

Carissa Teaters

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.

Pre-Service Teachers prepare to become Culturally Responsive Educators

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.” 

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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



Educators Honored at ‘Celebration of Achievement’ Event

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:

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 The 2014 Outstanding Alumni Awards:

  • Outstanding Pre-service Teacher,  Jared Spude, UW-Green Bay

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  • Outstanding Student Teacher, Gino Gemignani, BS’14, Preble High School Student Teacher, Green Bay

Gino Gemingnani Award Winner

  • Outstanding New Graduate, Erika Nieto, BS’12, Fort Howard Elementary , Green Bay

 Ericka Nieto Award Winner

  • Excellence in Education, Nicholas Nesvacil, MS’07, Preble High School, Green Bay

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  • Outstanding Educator, Jenny Wassenberg, BS’98, MS ’03, Phantom Knight School, West De Pere

 Jenny Wassenberg Award Winner

  • 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

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Honored as 2014-15 Scholarship Recipients

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From left to right bottom row: Heather Boeckman, Kelsey Votis, Samantha Hebbring, Emily Hauser.

Second row: Taylor Schmidt, Celena Williams, Jamie Zenda.

 Third row:  Nathan Schultz, Brooke Koltz, Ashley Ruedinger

  • Brooke Koltz & Ashley Ruedinger, Ronald Dhuey Memorial Scholarship
  • Emily Hausher & Jamie Zenda, Ken Fleurant Annual Scholarship
  • Heather Boeckman, Samantha Hebbring, Taylor Schmidt, Nathan Schultz & Celena Williams, Sally & Bernie Killoran Scholarship
  • Kelsey Votis, Lucy M. Krchma Memorial Scholarship

Five Recieve Master’s Degrees

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”

Children Meet Nature at the Outdoor Academy for Kids (OAK) School

4k students looking at a snake.

Ponds, hiking trails, and wildlife exhibits are the classroom spaces, and animals that wander into the area, including rabbits, snakes, toads and worms, are the classroom tools for forty 4K students in Green Bay.

The Outdoor Academy for Kids (OAK) School located at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a new concept for Green Bay. It is the first nature-based four-year-old kindergarten program connected to a public school district in Wisconsin. The program is a partnership between UW-Green Bay, the Green Bay Area Public School District, and the City of Green Bay.

Admission is open to all, although families in the Green Bay Area Public School District have first choice for enrollment. The popular program is currently full with a waiting list.

Lessons are co-taught by a licensed teacher and a certified naturalist. Pre-service teachers from UW-Green Bay are gaining valuable hands-on experiences in environmental education and early childhood. 

The four-year-olds use the outdoors for their classroom, except for bathroom breaks, snack time, and when extreme weather conditions exist. For example, twenty students recently worked together to construct an eagle’s nest. This project involved engineering principles, math concepts, and collaboration. The overall program is based on four different domains — academic, physical, social and emotional.

Mike Reed is the director of the Wildlife Sanctuary. UW-Green Bay professors Scott Ashmann and Jennifer Lanter and Provost Julia Wallace are members of the OAK School Advisory Committee.

Healthy Living Soul Sisters Grant Project

Manitowoc (Wis.) educators got an opportunity to explore closing the  achievement gap through a wellness project, “Healthy Living Soul Sisters” at McKinley Academy in Manitowoc. The Institute funded the grant.

The program supports 28 at-risk teen girls, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and benefits of healthy lifestyles and relationships.

Gina Wagner, project director, received nearly $7,000 from the Institute to implement the program that is building trust and improving self-esteem among teen girls, important factors that impact student learning and achievement.

Team-building activity.

The grant provides funds for field trips and team-building activities. Other activities include picking vegetables to support healthy eating habits at home and also exploring healthy food alternatives.

The students created a Facebook page for the Healthy Living class. It provides a safe place to discuss issues students are dealing with, get advice and support, read inspiring quotes, view positive pictures and share memories.

According to Wagner, the program’s positive impact is noticeable in the students’ personal lives and the school climate.

“There has been a noticeable change in the school climate,” she said. “There is virtually no drama among our girls. In addition, the students are often observed mingling with others outside of their usual social circles,” she said. “We have been able to foster a safe atmosphere for students to discuss and ask questions in regards to healthy relationships, the care of their bodies, and many other intimate topics.”

Here are a few comments from the students about how the ILP grant is helping their school.

  • “The grant helped our school by bringing all the girls together, encouraging us to be drama free and taking us on trips to make us come together.”
  • “The changes are huge, more laughter and opportunities to work together as a team. It is bringing us closer together.”