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Seventeen PDC graduates honored at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY – Sixteen area educators from three school districts have been awarded Professional Development Certificates, by the Institute for Learning Partnership at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
At an award ceremony held Sept. 27 in the University Union, Pulaski Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Mel Lightner, congratulated recipients and told them and their guests that through their achievement they are “shining examples” of the innovative steps educators are taking to address educational challenges.
Lightner pointed to PDC recipients as educators who are expanding their own professional knowledge for the benefit of their students. He encouraged recipients to share what they have learned with fellow educators, and their respective communities. “Ladies and gentlemen, you are those shining lights in education. Thank you.”
The PDC is a unique, self-paced, and individualized professional development program. The focus of the experience is based on student learning as well as professional growth for educators. The Department of Public Instruction recognizes the PDC for 5 year re-licensure of educators in Wisconsin.
The 16 educators recognized for PDC completion are:
- Elizabeth Armstrong, third grade bilingual teacher, Eisenhower Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
-Margaret Boldig-Fisher, sixth grade teacher, Red Smith School, Green Bay Area Public School District.
- Jennifer Brooks, counselor, Danz Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District–Jennifer Coombe, second grade teacher, Nicolet Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Shannon Goerke, third grade bilingual teacher, Eisenhower Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Kari Morrow, school psychologist, Lombardi Middle School, Kennedy and Annie Jackson elementary schools, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Rachael Poppe, special education teacher, East High School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Lindsay Seiler, fourth grade bilingual one-way teacher, Danz Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Katherine Schiller, fourth grade teacher, Danz Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
-Vikki Van Egeren, English as a Second Language teacher, Eisenhower Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Melissa Swan Van Straten, bilingual instructional coach, Fort Howard Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Sharon Ellner, special education teacher, Lannoye Elementary School, Pulaski Community Schools
- Nicole Gerth, counselor, Pulaski Community Middle School, Pulaski Community Schools
- Kristine Kuhn, counselor, Pulaski Community Middle School, Pulaski Community Schools
- Jolene McMahon, Title 1/Literacy Support, LB Clarke Middle School, Two Rivers Public School District
- James Milske, guidance counselor, Koenig Elementary School, Two Rivers Public School District
-Tanya Shillcox, first grade teacher, Koenig Elementary School, Two Rivers Public School District

The Institute for Learning Partnership was founded in 1997-98 to focus on educational excellence with special attention to the PK-16 learner. The Institute brings together the resources of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and northeast Wisconsin’s school districts, businesses, and community leadership.
It was the first PDC to be endorsed by the Professional Development Academy of the Wisconsin Education Association.
Eight northeast Wisconsin school districts currently offer recognition and compensation for the PDC. These districts are De Pere, Sheboygan, Pulaski, Green Bay, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, West De Pere and Kiel.
With the completion of this newest class of PDC recipients, there are now about 250 Accomplished Educators in these eight districts.

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PDC awards reception, Sept. 27

The Institute for Learning Partnership at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will award Professional Development Certificates to 15 educators from three area school districts Sept. 27.

The “Accomplished Educators” will be certified during a special recognition ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the 1965 Room of the University Union at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Pulaski Community School District Superintendent Mel Lightner will be the keynote speaker, and Associate Prof. Steve Kimball of the UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Education will provide closing remarks.

“One of the highlights of the PDC presentation ceremony occurs when the graduates share their thoughts about this significant milestone in their PDC journey and how the process has improve their effectiveness as an educator,” said PDC Coordinator Kim Desotell. “Inevitably it is a personal and professional accomplishment and their reflections often inspire the entire audience.”

The PDC is a unique, self-paced and individualized professional development program. The focus of the experience is based on student learning as well as professional growth for educators. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recognizes the PDC for 5-year re-licensure of educators in Wisconsin.

The 15 educators recognized for PDC completion are:
- Elizabeth Armstrong, third grade bilingual teacher, Eisenhower Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Jennifer Brooks, counselor, Danz Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Shannon Goerke, third grade bilingual teacher, Eisenhower Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Kari Morrow, school psychologist, Lombardi Middle School, Kennedy and Annie Jackson elementary schools, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Rachael Poppe, special education teacher, East High School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Lindsay Seiler, fourth grade bilingual one-way teacher, Danz Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Katherine Schiller, fourth grade teacher, Danz Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
-Vikki Van Egeren, English as a Second Language teacher, Eisenhower Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Melissa Swan Van Straten, bilingual instructional coach, Fort Howard Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Sharon Ellner, special education teacher, Lannoye Elementary School, Pulaski Community Schools
- Nicole Gerth, counselor, Pulaski Community Middle School, Pulaski Community Schools
- Kristine Kuhn, counselor, Pulaski Community Middle School, Pulaski Community Schools
- Jolene McMahon, Title 1/Literacy Support, LB Clarke Middle School, Two Rivers Public School District
- James Milske, Two Rivers, guidance counselor, Koenig Elementary School, Two Rivers Public School District
- Tanya Shillcox, first grade teacher, Koenig Elementary School, Two Rivers Public Schools

The Institute for Learning Partnership was founded in 1997-98 to focus on educational excellence with special attention to the PK-16 learner. The Institute brings together the resources of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Green Bay Area Public School District and Northeastern Wisconsin’s school districts, businesses and community leadership. Its PDC program was the first to be endorsed by the Professional Development Academy of the Wisconsin Education Association.

Eight Northeastern Wisconsin school districts currently offer recognition and compensation for the PDC. These districts are Green Bay, De Pere, Sheboygan, Pulaski, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, West De Pere and Kiel. With the completion of this newest class of PDC recipients, there are now more than 230 Accomplished Educators in these eight districts.

For more information about the Professional Development Certification program contact the Institute for Learning Partnership at (920) 465-5555; or learnpart@uwgb.edu.

Fall Conference Presenter Biographies

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Fall Conference 2011 Bios