Resonating at the core of the Wisconsin and Dane County New Teacher Projects is the voice of the classroom teacher. Our staff and each of the trainers and facilitators are grounded in quality professional development. More importantly, we know as lifelong educators that the best training comes from those who use the tools and strategies of quality mentoring in actual practice, a crucial qualification held by the DCNTP Chair and our facilitators.
Tom Howe, Chair, DCNTP
A graduate of UW-Stevens Point and Virginia Tech, Tom taught History and Social Studies for 26 years at the middle school, high school and university levels. Tom currently works in teacher induction at the local and state levels in Wisconsin and and in several other states, working as a Senior Program Consultant for the New Teacher Center. Retired from teaching history at Monona Grove High School in 2011, Tom remains connected to his home district by mentoring beginning teachers and serving on the Induction Program Steering Committee. For six years, with New Teacher Center colleagues, he supported the development of the Alaska Statewide Mentor Program, learning much about systematic induction. He co-directed the 1999 & 2000 Wisconsin Teacher Forums which encouraged teacher leadership and education advocacy, and he continues to work in programs that support high quality history instruction. Awards and honors include the 1996 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year and being named one of the 25 most influential Madisonians by Madison Magazine (1995). Tom can be reached at 608.849.2493. E-mail Tom
Shirley Smith, Project Administrator
Shirley comes from a background in communications, graphic design, and outreach, primarily at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previous positions there include Assistant Director of Marketing in the Division of Housing, Outreach Specialist in the La Follette School of Public Affairs, and, most recently, Communications Coordinator at University Health Services. Shirley is very happy to now be part of the Dane County New Teacher Project team and support K-12 education in Dane County. She can assist you with questions or needs you may have related to workshops, Dane County shared services, mentor forums, beginning teacher seminars, Dane County committee meetings and accounting. Shirley can be reached at 608.849.2270.