Roberta Felker, C&I Director, McFarland School District
Roberta (who, with her three siblings, is a third-generation teacher) is an educator by heritage, training, and conviction. She began her teaching career in special education and has, over the past three decades, taught at the university level and served as an administrator at both the school and district office levels in public and private schools. Roberta has been recognized as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellow, a National Policy Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar. She became involved with the DCNTP when she began supporting some of the District’s newest colleagues as Principal of Indian Mound Middle School in McFarland; she has since earned her mentor certificate and shifted to the McFarland District Office as Director of Instruction where she is delighted to support the work of the District’s Mentoring and New Teacher Induction Committee, serve on the DCNTP Board, scatter poetry, and upset an occasional apple cart.
… So please. Let me teach like a Steinway,
spinning slowly in April air,
so almost-falling, so hinderingly,
dangling from the neck of the movers’ crane.
So on the edge of losing everything.
Let me teach like the first snow, falling.
~~ Undivided Attention by Taylor Mali
Heather Lott, Teacher Leader, Professional Development, Madison Metropolitan School District
Heather is the New Educator Coordinator for Madison Metropolitan School District. After 17 years of teaching and school improvement work at Madison West High School, she moved to a position of support for new colleagues. To accomplish this, she works with a district advisory team to coordinate the mentoring program for new educators, support seminars, PDP training and support, and school-based outreach to help principals meet the unique needs at their schools. Heather is new this year to the Dane County New Teacher Project Board and very much appreciates the rich networking and professional development opportunities offered by DCNTP.
Tim Mommaerts, Associate Principal, Waunakee School District
Tim began his career in education as a HS Science teacher in 1995 teaching mainly Biology, Physical Science, and Microbiology at Watertown HS. He received his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Marion College in the Spring of 2000 and moved into the Assistant Principal position at Watertown HS that Fall. In 2005 he accepted the Assistant Principal position at Waunakee Community HS and currently remains in that role. In 2007 he became the administrative liaison on the Steering Committee for the Dane County New Teacher Project and currently serves as a District Council member and Board Member. Over the last 5 years he has facilitated NTC professional development for DCNTP Principal Breakfasts, AWSA conferences, and at the Summer Edgewood Conference.
Ruthie Schaap, Teacher, Marshall School District
Ruthie is a second grade teacher at Marshall School District. This is her second year as a DCNTP board member, where she represents the new teacher perspective. Ruthie is in her fourth year of teaching, currently teaching second graders, but she has also taught sixth grade. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with degrees in elementary education and psychology. Outside of school, Ruthie loves to spend time with family, friends, and her dog, Howard, either at the lake or doing just about anything that allows us to laugh.
Barb Sramek, Marshall School District
Barb is the district administrator at Marshall Public Schools.
Nicole Toepfer, Sun Prairie Area School District
Nicole is a full release mentor in the Sun Prairie Area School District, serving secondary level beginning teachers. She provides professional development and PDP support to teachers in their first three years in education. Before that, she taught high school biology, integrated and environmental sciences and credits her interest in mentoring to the wonderful one-to-one and full release mentors she had to start her career. Nicole has participated in several DCNTP mentor trainings and welcomed the opportunity to continue collaborating, growing and learning when she was asked to serve on the DCNTP board this year. She has her Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education and Masters of Science for Professional Educators, both from UW-Madison. Nicole and her husband recently welcomed her second child, Connor, making their daughter Aspen a big sister. Outside of school, Nicole enjoys doing most anything outdoors and getting lost in a book.