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~ Dr. Mary Ann Kahl and Dr. Valerie Schmitz have worked in many professional capacities in K-12 and Higher Education. Their career experiences of  a combined 55+ years  include early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school classroom teaching, K-12 administration in principal and superintendent positions, special education administration, district-level technology leadership, professional development and school design. They have worked extensively in higher education in course development, course facilitation, and administration as well as in professional instructional design. These experiences along with many others have helped them to realize the value of “good work” in the service of children. It is their hope that Learning Journeys will engage, enrich, and illuminate the lives of children through the good work of the classroom teachers and administrators who guide them on their journeys.

~ Stacie Cihlar is the District Integration Coach for the School District of Mishicot in Mishicot, Wisconsin. She has served in that role for the last five years along with teaching Algebra. Prior to her role as District Integration Coach she worked as a seventh grade social studies teacher.

Her role has her working with teachers integrating technology and curriculum throughout the district in PK-12 classrooms. Her leadership has lead to the successful implementation of new technologies such as SMART Boards, SMART Tablet, iPod and iPads in the classroom, Web 2.0 tools, Student Response Systems, Google Apps for Education, and mobile devices in the classroom. Stacie is also working on developing online classes and supporting teachers through this process. Her role as District Integration Coach has led to the implementation of the peer coaching model in the district. Stacie has presented her coaching philosophy to many districts in the Northeastern Wisconsin.

Stacie received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse and has a Master of Science in Education from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from National Louis University in Chicago, IL. Stacie is also an adjunct staff member through University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. She is an active member of numerous professional education groups focused on technology and student learning including WEMTA, WSRA, and iNACOL.

Stacie is passionate about preparing our students for the future through the integration of 21st century skills in the curriculum. She enjoys working with students of all ages to differentiate instruction to meet students’ needs within the classroom. She believes that technology should be seamlessly integrated and supports the curriculum. In her free time, Stacie enjoys reading, crafting, and working on projects in her home.

~ Jessica Williams is the Online & Hybrid Teaching Course Instructor for George Williams College/Aurora University.

Jessica is currently a classroom teacher and the Summer School Principal for the Menominee Indian School District in Keshena, Wisconsin.  She is a member of the Data Collection Team and the Response to Intervention Committee and the Cultural Resource Committee.  She trains all teachers how to use the Skyward Online Grading System, and is an Administrator on the Menominee Indian School District Website Reconstruction Committee.  She is a teacher in the 21st Century Skills After School Program and is a mentor to new teachers in the District.  She was a BMW Technology Grant Participant for two years, as well as a BMW Technology Integration Coordinator for the BMW Technology Course offered over the summer in 2010 through CESA 8.  Jessica is a Union Building Representative for Keshena Primary School and the legislative member for BLUE.

Jessica is an Independent Consultant for the College of Menominee Nation, teaching students, teachers, and instructors how to utilize SMART Boards and how to create online portfolios, Web Quests, and course websites.    

Jessica was a classroom teacher at Wallace Elementary School, part of the Parker Unified School District in Parker, Arizona for three years.  There, she also tutored a special education student, participated in the Mathematics Education for Teachers Grant, mentored new teachers, and was Team Leader. 

Jessica received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin in May of 2004.  She earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership from National Louis University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in March of 2010.

~ Jennifer Zurawski is a Computer Teacher and Technology Resource Teacher in the West De Pere School District. She has served in that role for six years. Prior to her tenure in De Pere, Jennifer taught at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, FL for three years.

Jennifer strongly believes in the coaching model and enjoys inspiring teachers to integrate technology within their classrooms.

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in May of 2003. She earned her Master's in Teaching & Learning with an emphasis on K-12 Technology Integration from Nova Southeastern University in 2006. In 2010, she completed her Technology Coordinators Certification through Cardinal Stritch University.

~ Janet Rowe is the District Coordinator of World Languages and teaches Spanish at Hortonville High School. She also serves on the executive board of the Wisconsin Association for Language teachers, is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a reader for the Advanced Placement Spanish language exam.

Janet believes strongly in the need to develop globally competent students and takes pleasure in helping teachers create learning experiences in their own virtual or physical classrooms to meet the demands of an ever more interconnected world. She enjoys finding ways to use technology to bring the world to her classroom and to take her students to the world.

Janet earned a B.S. in Secondary Education and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of North Dakota, a Masters in Foreign Language Education from Purdue University and is National Board Certified in World Languages other than English. She has studied abroad at the University of Madrid and the University of Barcelona, Spain and travels regularly throughout Spain and Latin America.

~ Paraskevi (Vivian) Gikas is a Special Education teacher for the Kenosha School District for the past three and a half years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education from Carthage College in 2009. For the past two years she has been working with the Dual Language Program. She has been the ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs) representative and the Project Alert Coordinator for her school as well. There she also served on the Student Academic Success Tactic Team.

Vivian believes in the use of technology to enhance education. Furthermore, she has a strong commitment in reading research and using research-based practices to enhance the curriculum and ensure learning for all of her students no matter what their academic needs may be. Vivian believes that ALL students can learn.

~ Renee Luczkowski resides in Genoa City, WI with my husband and two daughters, Tori and Emma. I have had the pleasure of teaching in a variety of schools and grades levels. For over 14 years, I worked in early childhood education, as assistant teacher, then teacher, and director at Peppermint Preschool in Antioch and then Spring Grove, Illinois. Over the past several years, I have also worked in elementary education and middle school classrooms, both as a general education teacher and a special education teacher, in inclusion and resource rooms, for Kenosha Unified School District. This year, I will have the pleasure of embarking on yet another experience, as a teacher for the Fresh Start program in Racine Unified School District, teaching children with a variety of needs. I hold licenses in birth through age 8, grades 1-9, and special education in K-21, for the state of Wisconsin. In addition, I am licensed in grades K-9, and am finishing my final exam for my administrative licensure for the state of Illinois.

I not only enjoy teaching, but I am also a life-long learner. I hold Bachelor’s Degrees in Communication and History, a M.Ed. in Educational Policy and Leadership, and am in the final stages of completing my dissertation and Ed.D. in Educational Policy. I am always exploring what classes are available to add to my knowledge, talking and collaborating with others, and sharing what we are learning. Simply stated, I love learning.

Education offers an ability to make an impact on another person’s life, unlike any other occupation. While it can be exhausting some of the aspects I most love are the need to think quickly, be flexible, consistently reflective, and always looking to improve. There is not one specific recipe for any learning situation however.  However, when given a wide knowledge base to pull resources and ideas from, any teacher (with a little patience) can meet the needs of all their students in the classroom.


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