Nancy Evans, Retired Mentor, Monona Grove School District
Nancy has served on the DCNTP Board since 2010. She taught elementary music in the Monona Grove School District for 19 years and chaired the Monona Grove New Teacher Project Steering Committee for seven years. Currently, she is working with new teachers in the Monona Grove School District as a Teacher Mentor.
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
Randy Freese, Superintendent, Belleville School District
Randy considers himself quite fortunate in being able to represent area superintendents in the Dane County New Teacher Project for the past 12 years. He views his involvement with the project to be a rewarding opportunity “ to be part of really good people doing really great things for teachers ”. Randy has been a superintendent for 27 years, a principal at all levels, an elementary teacher, educational consultant, and graduate school instructor. Professional experiences in Wisconsin include Belleville, West Depere, Mercer, Edgar, Wausau, and Wheeling, Illinois. Dr. Freese is a graduate of UW-Madison, UW-Steven Point, and Aquinas College. In addition to enjoying the challenges of making a difference for students, teachers and communities, Randy loves being the father of four children, skiing, fishing, the arts, sports, and generally staying busy doing a variety of things.
Marc Heuer, Teacher, McFarland School District
Marc has been a teacher in the McFarland School District since 1982. He has always been on a teaching team and so truly values the collegial collaboration that makes teamwork a success. In that spirit of collegial support and professional growth , he has been actively involved in the Dane County New Teacher Project for the past ten years. He served on the original DCNTP steering committee, district councils and now the Board. He has served as a facilitator for DCNTP Beginning Teacher Seminars and is a certified trainer for New Teacher Center’s Mentor Academy professional development. He also serves locally in his district as a mentor, induction committee member and as an induction site leader. Mentoring has been a truly remarkable experience for Marc and he is honored and humbled to be able to give back to his profession in this important work, serving our new teachers and all our students in their classrooms.
Fonda Lewis, Mentor/Teacher, Stoughton School District
Fonda Lewis is currently a second grade teacher at Sandhill Elementary in the Stoughton Area School District. She is returning to the classroom after a three year position as the Stoughton District Mentor, which allowed her to work with K- 12 educators new to the profession. This mentorship in her District along with her participation with the Dane County New Teacher Project has allowed her to gain knowledge in current induction practices, best instructional practices for the classroom and equity issues within educational settings. In Fonda’s free time you may find her playing with her son Jayce and her Labradors at a local dog park.
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.