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The Grohmann Museum hosts its fifth annual Lost Arts Festival celebrating the activities and ways of work captured in the paintings and bronzes in the museum’s permanent collection. On Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., artisans will share their expertise and demonstrate their techniques as the museum and its surroundings become a laboratory for the creation of “Lost Arts.” Museum docents will provide hands-on demonstrations and insight into the museum’s collection. Regular museum admission applies: $5 adults; $3 students and seniors; free for children under 12 and MSOE students, faculty, staff and alumni (with I.D.).

Steven Allen: craft brewing
With nearly a decade of experience, Steven Allen offers his expertise in home craft-brewing to the general public in a manner that is simple yet sophisticated. Rather than producing the large batch brews we are all familiar with, Allen works carefully to craft his beers to be unique, memorable and tasty. While he has produced pilsners, lagers and porters, his favorites consist mostly of Indian pale ales and stouts. Putting his experience and knowledge to work, Allen has prepared a craft brew special for this year’s festival, and will be offering sample tastings to museum patrons of age.

Helena Ehlke and the Grohmann Museum Master Painters: painting
The Grohmann Museum Master Painters use Old Masters’ techniques in order to create a sense of real depth in their art.  In contrast to modern photo-realism, the Old Masters focused on creating three-dimensionality on a flat canvas.  “Old Masters’ techniques” generally refers to a method of using indirect or layered painting techniques.  By using the indirect method of painting, oil-painting artists of the past were able to stretch the ability of oil paints to create optical illusions of a three-dimensional world.  The artists will be demonstrating these techniques by showing how artists of the past used layered painting techniques to create their works.

Kent Knapp: blacksmith
Kent Knapp began his study of blacksmithing and Milwaukee’s history at the age of 19. His passion for working with iron is matched only by his aptitude for working with it. The delicate leaves and scrolls within the immense strength of his projects are the perfect marriage for functional artistry. Capturing the classic designs or creating new ones in the old traditions, Knapp finds every challenge a new adventure. Knapp will tend to the forge and create unique pieces specifically for the Lost Arts festival.

Cheryl Myers and the MSOE Yarn Engineers: spinning, knitting, crocheting
A self-taught fiber artist, Cheryl Meyers started working with yarns and fibers almost 25 years ago. Along the way she has learned the art of knitting, crocheting and hand-spinning. She has taught knitting and crocheting to hundreds who have crossed her path, and today she still enjoys making all sorts of creations out of both handmade yarns as well as store-bought fibers. Some of her creations include wool needle-felted bears, knit wool felted hats, nuno wool felted items, crocheted baby afghans, shawls and many more handmade items. Meyers also directs a group of MSOE Yarn Engineers in their textile creations.

Jeff Selchow: woodturning
Jeff Selchow first began woodturning while in high school, but after taking a pen-making class, his skill matured and became more than just a hobby. Working carefully with lathes, saws, drills and planers, Selchow creates masterfully beautiful craft items out of a variety of woods. Ranging from table legs to  pens and ***** mashers, the smooth textures and intriguing designs almost speak for themselves. With an affinity for rosewood, Selchow will be on site operating a live lathe and turning a variety of products.

Bob “Sieg” Siegel and Luke Traver: wooden shoe carvers
Having studied with 12 master carvers in the Netherlands, Bob “Sieg” Siegel is the last master wooden-shoe carver in America. Luckily, he has enlisted two apprentices, one of whom will carve for the Lost Arts festival. Luke Traver hand carves wearable wooden shoes from log sections using three traditional tools: a side ax, block knife and spoon auger.

Mary L. Spencer: glass artist
Like many artists, Many Spencer has dabbled and experimented with a variety of media. She fell in love with glass after being introduced to it by a friend. It was love at first score and snap of the glass. Her work includes home décor or wearable glass art using the traditional (Tiffany) copper-foil method, glass fusing and mosaic. She frequently incorporates copper, brass, and/or silver in the design piece. Much of her work is influenced by African and Asian culture. The joy derived from working with glass is evident in the color, texture and beauty of the final piece.

Frogwater
The Lost Arts festival will feature live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Milwaukee’s own Frogwater, the acoustic musical pairing of John and Susan Nicholson. Renowned for their musical virtuosity and exuberant live performances, they like to think of themselves as musical ambassadors, and describe their style as “eclectic acoustic peoples’ music.” Their repertoire spans from Celtic to delta blues, classical to pop, with a healthy dose of unique, original material filling out the mix. Their innovative interpretations of traditional tunes span the centuries and the miles and defy categorization.

The Grohmann Museum is home to the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 1,000 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work: from farming and mining to trades such as glassblowing and seaweed gathering. The Grohmann Museum welcomes visitors to three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed as well as themed exhibitions. The museum is owned by MSOE, an independent university with about 2,700 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.

Outstanding full-time and part-time faculty and staff members recently were honored at MSOE.

Douglas Cook ’98, ’07, research engineer in the Rapid Prototyping Department, received the Karl O. Werwath Engineering Research Award. Karl O. Werwath was an innovator in engineering education and the application of technology, and believed that teaching effectiveness was enhanced through applied research and consulting. He felt that MSOE should make an effort to contribute to the advancement of technical knowledge for the benefit of business and industry for the good of the community and the nation. This award was initiated to recognize the vision of Karl O. Werwath and the contribution of MSOE faculty and staff who have fostered the advancement of applied scientific knowledge. Cook was nominated for this award by MSOE faculty and staff members, alumni, Regents and Corporation members. The award recipients are chosen based on criteria including their contribution to engineering, scientific research, consulting, the engineering profession and scholarship, promoting research at MSOE, patentable concepts and publications. Cook holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Engineering, all from Milwaukee School of Engineering.

The Falk Engineering Educator Award was presented to Dr. Michael Payne, an associate professor in the Rader School of Business, and business management program director. The award is given annually to a full-time faculty member with less than seven years experience. It is a testament to exemplary dedication and performance. Payne received a bachelor’s degree in communication from Bowling Green State University, a master’s degree in communication arts from the University of Cincinnati and his Ph.D. in communication from the University of Arizona.

Lisa Rivero, an adjunct associate professor in the General Studies Department, received the Johnson Controls Award, presented to outstanding part-time faculty. The award was inspired by Robert C. Moore, a long-time faculty member in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. The award recognizes the contributions of part-time faculty to the education, motivation and support of the students at MSOE; encourages and recognizes excellence in teaching, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels; recognizes commitment and assistance to students outside of the classroom; and recognizes contributions to the improvement of educational programs and the effectiveness of the learning process at MSOE. Rivero earned bachelor’s degrees in English and mathematics from Marquette University and a master’s degree literary studies from UW-Milwaukee.

Five members of the faculty were named Professors Emeriti. They are: Dr. Karl David, chairman, Mathematics Department; Dr. John Gassert, professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department; Dr. Douglas Reed, professor, Rader School of Business, received the honor posthumously which his wife Cathy accepted; Dr. Mark Sebern, professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department; and Dr. Bruce Thompson, professor, Rader School of Business.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,700 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

MSOE welcomes the following full-time faculty members:

Christine Brotz ’04, instructor, Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department
Dr. Bradley Dennis, assistant professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
Catherine Leffler, assistant professor, School of Nursing
Dr. Tammy Rice-Bailey, assistant professor, General Studies Department
Dr. Michael Sracic, assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
Dr. Aaron Suminski ’00, assistant professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department

MSOE also welcomes the following part-time faculty members:Tahereh Rastegarzare

Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Sayed Ahmed, adjunct association professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
Dr. Rachel D. Boechler, clinical associate professor, Rader School of Business
Colleen Cullison, lecturer, General Studies Department
Thomas Eberle ’91, instructor, Mechanical Engineering Department
Kacie Marshall Frebeerg ’14, lecturer, Rader School of Business
Cindrea Gosh-Lee, lecturer, General Studies Department
Mary Grabowski, lecturer, General Studies Department
Hannah Haase, lecturer, General Studies Department
Julie Hawkins, clinical assistant professor, School of Nursing
Jon Hopkins, adjunct associate professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
Dr. Lisa Jurgens, adjunct assistant professor, Physics and Chemistry Department
Dr. Yoko Kawamura, lecturer, General Studies Department
Dr. John Kellogg, lecturer, General Studies Department
Veronica Moore, clinical assistant professor, School of Nursing
Dr. Megan Muthupandiyan, lecturer, General Studies Department
Paul Nistler, clinical assistant professor, Rader School of Business
Christine Olson, clinical assistant professor, School of Nursing
Brian Peters, lecturer, Rader School of Business
Brian Pfeifer ’10, P.E., lecturer, Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department
Tahereh Rastegarzare, lecturer, Mathematics Department
Dr. Usha Raut, adjunct associate professor, Mathematics Department
Jessica Schnur, lecturer, General Studies Department
Dr. Maria Shteynbuk, adjunct assistant professor, Physics and Chemistry Department
Dr. Tatiana Soleski, adjunct associate professor, Mathematics Department
Gary Vroman ’91, MSOE Regent, adjunct professor, Rader School of Business
Ruth Widder, clinical assistant professor, School of Nursing

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,700 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

Milwaukee School of Engineering earned the 14th spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 list of Best Universities in the Midwest. MSOE was ranked 14th in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs category among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. In addition, MSOE’s Mechanical Engineering Program was ranked 9th nationwide. The university also was ranked 4th Best College for Veterans in the Midwest.

About the rankings:

The 2015 rankings by U.S. News provide an examination of how nearly 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

U.S. News bases its undergraduate engineering programs rankings on the judgments of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions, who are surveyed each spring and asked to rate each program they are familiar with on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished).

MSOE is ranked highly by a number of organization, and while this is gratifying, it is important to note that rankings should not be overemphasized by students or their families during the college selection process. Choosing a college is an individual decision that should be made by students and families based on the student’s individual needs. Students come to MSOE because of its focus on laboratory experience and career practice, expert faculty dedicated to student learning, its small college feeling within a vibrant downtown neighborhood, extremely high placement rates for graduates and the success of its alumni.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,700 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

mercker.jpgErich Mercker: Painter of Industry is on display at the Grohmann Museum Sept. 5 through Dec. 14. In conjunction with the October release of Erich Mercker and Technical Subjects: A Landscape and Industrial Artist in Twentieth-Century Germany, MSOE associate professor, author and guest curator Dr. Patrick Jung presents his selection of Mercker’s work from the museum’s permanent collection. New perspectives on the artist’s life, career and art are presented in this captivating exhibition of a master of industrial painting.

Museum guests are invited to a special gallery talk event with guest Jung during Gallery Night and Day. Jung’s talk will take place Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. Admission is free for the event.

The Grohmann Museum is home to the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 1,000 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work: from farming and mining to trades such as glassblowing and seaweed gathering. The Grohmann Museum welcomes visitors to three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed as well as themed exhibitions. The museum is owned by MSOE, an independent university with about 2,700 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.

WWMBA_Photo_4x6.jpgIn response to a growing need to better prepare school and district leaders for today’s challenges and opportunities, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation announced its inaugural class of Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellows in Education Leadership in Wisconsin. The MBA Fellowship program charts a new course in education leader preparation, blending clinical practice in schools with innovative business school coursework to ensure graduates have the knowledge, skills, and character to both lead and close achievement gaps between America’s lowest- and highest-performing schools and between the country’s top-performing schools and those around the world.

Wisconsin is one of the first two states to launch the Woodrow Wilson (WW) MBA Fellowships. The Woodrow Wilson Foundation is partnering with Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) on the initiative, which provides school leaders with a blend of graduate coursework and a tailored MBA curriculum.

“As a nation, we must do a better job preparing our future school and district leaders,” said Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and author of an influential national study that called for dramatically changing how the United States prepares school leaders. “What we did in the past will no longer suffice. We need new approaches and new preparation that addresses where our schools and classrooms are headed. These Wisconsin MBA Fellows are not only committed to improving education and closing the achievement gap in Wisconsin, but they will be leaders in a new national movement to dramatically improve how we prepare educators.”

The Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership recruits and prepares experienced educators, who will take 13 months of executive-style MBA courses. The program, one of the first two in the nation, is offered through MSOE’s Rader School of Business and is equivalent in rigor to traditional MBA programs. It is designed to prepare leaders who will create school cultures to drive innovation in schools, expand the use of analytics and evidence-based practices, raise student performance to international levels, create school cultures to foster citizens of good character, and improve the quality of school systems and teaching over time. Wisconsin joins Indiana as the first two states to embrace this new approach to school leadership. Each Fellow was selected from a highly competitive pool of nominees.

Unlike programs that recruit career changers from other fields to work in schools, candidates were nominated by Wisconsin school districts, as well as choice and charter schools. Fellows were selected based on key characteristics of effective leaders and will be experienced with the culture of schools to be able to help transform them from within. Each receives a $50,000 stipend that includes tuition assistance for the master’s program, along with executive coaching and opportunities for international experience in innovative schools in other countries. In exchange, Fellows will serve in leadership roles in identified districts/schools for at least three years.

MSOE is partnering with 10 to 12 area school districts to develop partnerships that will sustain clinical placements (in-school learning arrangements) and mentoring opportunities for the WW MBA Fellows.

“We are pleased to welcome the Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellows to MSOE. Our new degree program raises the bar in education standards, and these Fellows are committed to improving student performance in Wisconsin,” said Dr. Hermann Viets, MSOE president. “At MSOE we prepare our students to be leaders, and the Fellows are no exception. They’re highly qualified school leaders who are going to be change agents.”

Levine, MSOE President Viets, and Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, honored Wisconsin’s first class of Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellows at an event at MSOE on Sept. 4, 2014.

“Wisconsin has a proud history leading the nation in ground-breaking education reforms.  This new fellowship program is an exciting addition to that tradition of innovation and educational excellence.  By combining best practices from the business world and the classroom, MSOE’s MBA in Education Leadership will equip Wisconsin’s school principals and superintendents to better teach our children, lead their staffs, and steward taxpayer dollars,” Kleefisch said.

The WW MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership draws on the Foundation’s experience with its state Teaching Fellowship, which works to transform teacher education and recruit very able candidates to teach math and science in high-need schools. The Teaching Fellowship is now operating in five states with 28 universities.

Visit http://woodrow.org/fellowships/ww-ed-mba to learn more about the Foundation’s work in leadership preparation. To learn more about the program at MSOE visit www.msoe.edu/mbaeducationleadership

About the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation identifies and develops the nation’s best minds to meet its most critical challenges. The Foundation supports its Fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American society.

About Milwaukee School of Engineering

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,700 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI, average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

Profiles: 2014 Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellows in Education Leadership

Kourtney Bauswell
Dean of Curriculum & Instruction, Milwaukee Collegiate Academy
B.A., political science and sociology, Purdue University
M.Ed., educational policy and leadership, Marquette University
Former social studies teacher, social studies content team leader, and instructional coach, Hmong American Peace Academy; Emerging Leader Fellow, Schools That Can—Milwaukee; participant, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s Executive Education Program; former Teach for America corps member.

Lyndee Belanger
Junior Academy Achievement Director, Milwaukee Academy of Science
B.S., elementary education, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
M.S., curriculum and instruction, Lesley University
Former middle school reading and language arts teacher; former lead teacher for middle school; former administrator for grades 6–12 and member of the school leadership team; as Achievement Director, curriculum and assessment leader, teacher coach, and advisor on best practices; 2010 Teacher of the Year, Wisconsin Charter Schools Association.

Lindsay Cialdini
Second-Grade Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator/Technology Chair, Slinger School District
B.S., elementary education/mathematics, Drake University
M.Ed., curriculum and instruction (integrated teaching through the arts), Lesley University
Former first-grade teacher, urban Washington, D.C.; ten-year teaching veteran; math curriculum coordinator; participant in Wisconsin Statewide Mathematics Institute, focusing on professional development for K–12 mathematics teachers in implementing the Common Core State Standards; Presidential Scholarship recipient;.

Dan Gebauer
Teaching and Learning Specialist/Technology Coach, Elmbrook Schools
B.S., criminal justice, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
M.Ed., Cardinal Stritch University
National Board Certified middle childhood generalist; coach for 300+ educators in the use of various teaching/learning technologies and web-based assessment and learning systems; ten-year teaching veteran; district leader/committee member, mathematics education, assessment, professional development, and teacher coaching; invited presenter, Wisconsin Education Innovations and other conferences; former police officer.

Erik Herbrechtsmeier
Math Teacher, Middle and High School, Kenosha Unified School District
B.A., mathematics/ secondary education, Carthage College
M.S., mathematics education, Walden University
Teacher at Kenosha Unified since 2001; teacher mentor, lead technology developer, former mathematics department chair (Indian Trail High School and Academy); adjunct instructor, Gateway Technical College (Kenosha).

Lalenunat M. Johnson
Assistant Principal/Director of Teaching Leadership, North Point Lighthouse Charter School
B.A., management and communications, Concordia University, WI
M.S., education policy and leadership, Marquette University, WI
Former 5th and 6th grade teacher at Milwaukee Collegiate Preparatory Academy; also taught 5th through 8th grade history. Started in education as a volunteer and educational assistant and worked her way through college to become a teacher; former Teach for America corps member.

Rodney Lynk Jr.
Assistant Principal, Rocketship Southside Community Prep
B.S., finance and risk management insurance, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
M.S., educational policy and leadership, Marquette University
Leader/coach for early childhood department, K4 and K5, and math at Rocketship Southside; 2012 “Rocketeer of the Year” in his charter organization for outstanding student achievement; recipient, Sontag Urban Education Prize; leader in bringing Rocketship to Milwaukee; founding Milwaukee corps member, Teach for America.

Kris MacDonald
Dean of Students and School Culture, Carmen Middle/High School of Science and Technology, Northwest Campus
B.S., psychology/global cultures, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
Educator in Wisconsin, California, and abroad; former Teach for America corps member in Southern California; former bilingual educator in Costa Rica; former Corps member Advisor and School Director for TFA Summer Institutes; student life facilitator with focus on character development.

Amanda Mehr
Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Carmen Middle/High School of Science and Technology, Northwest Campus
B.A., writing intensive English/political science, Marquette University
M.S., educational policy and leadership, Marquette University
Former Teach for American corps member at Carmen; creator of school’s first Advanced Placement English curriculum and 9th-grade grammar/composition course; former TFA Secondary Language Arts Content Team Leader; former Assistant Director of Pre-Service Training, Milwaukee Teaching Fellows; member, Schools That Can—Milwaukee.

Megan C. Miller
Special Education Teacher and founding staff member, Milwaukee College Prep
B.A., biomedical science, Marquette University
M.Ed., Cardinal Stritch University
Leader in creating the special education program at Milwaukee College Prep; Emerging Leader Fellow, Schools That Can—Milwaukee; curriculum and assessment designer for transition to the Common Core State Standards, helping to lead professional development  in implementing the new curriculum; former Teach for America corps member.

Al Moroder
Business Education Teacher, New Berlin West Middle & High Schools
B.S., business management and marketing, Concordia University—Wisconsin
Creator of new high school personal finance curriculum; data-driven instructor who brings that approach to his students; head football coach, taking team to playoffs for the first time in nearly 15 years; pitching/catching coach for state champion baseball team; committed student life volunteer.

Megan Rindal
High School Special Education/Transition Coordinator, Elmbrook School District
B.A., University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire
M.S., vocational rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Former job coach for individuals with disabilities; special education teacher, leader and consultant with 11 years of k-12 experience; creator of innovative transitioning program for district; teacher and department coach for effective practices in special education;  led efforts to partner with local universities to provide needed resources and support to district teachers and staff.

Nasif K. Rogers
AVID District Director and Instructional Coach, Nicolet Unified High School District
B.A., history/social studies/educational studies, Ripon College
M.Ed., teaching, learning, and leadership, Cardinal Stritch University
Former social studies teacher; former debate/forensics coach; participant on pilot team for the state’s new Educator Effectiveness system; director of AVID program to close achievement gaps and ensure college readiness; crisis stabilizer/youth mentor for one of Milwaukee County’s wraparound service providers; senior director of the Empowerment Network, a local social entrepreneurship initiative.

Michele Vraney
Elementary Literacy Specialist, Mequon-Thiensville School District
B.A., Concordia University, WI
M.S., language and literacy, Cardinal Stritch University
Third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade teacher, including team leader of the fifth grade; leader of district’s first-ever team recipient of teaching excellence award; recipient of district’s Outstanding Educator and Writing Teacher of the Year awards; recipient of Range Line Excellence in Teaching Award; recipient of a Herb Kohl Fellowship Award; adjunct professor, Concordia University’s graduate teacher certification program; 24-year veteran in education.

Jack Wallace
Manager, Teacher Leadership Development, Teach for America (Milwaukee)
B.A., history, Yale University
Teacher coach for first- and second-year Teach for America teachers across Milwaukee, including both the Milwaukee Public Schools and Milwaukee’s charter and choice districts; former eighth-grade reading and language arts teacher; former eighth-grade team leader; former football coach; former Teach for America corps member.