BT Seminar Facilitators

Joan Freeman

Joan Freeman

Joan Freeman, Concordia College, Madison

Joan is currently an Adjunct Faculty instructor for Concordia University-Madison in their Graduate Teacher Certification program. She also is a Supervisor of student teachers for CUW-Madison . She is a retired Madison Metropolitan special and general education teacher, having served MMSD for 21 years. After retirement, Joan also served MMSD as a mentor to New Educators for 4 years. Her own professional growth has increased by supporting new educators with Educator Effectiveness and Culturally Responsive Teaching. She finds the practice of supporting new educators from their pre-service learning through Concordia through their first few years as new teachers to be exciting, honorable and rewarding.

Vicki Kieler

Vicki Kieler

Vicki Kieler, Monona Grove School District

Vicki currently works as a district-wide New Teacher Mentor for the Monona Grove School District. She is in her fourth year of mentoring and truly appreciates the opportunity to learn and grow professionally with teachers beginning their careers in education. During her teaching career, she taught English, math, and sixth grade, in an integrated classroom, at both Winnequah Middle School and Glacial Drumlin Middle School. She also wrote curriculum for Expeditionary Learning collaborating with a team of teachers from across the United States. Building relationships with students and teachers has fostered her passion in education. During her free time she loves traveling, biking, reading, being a football and basketball fan, and spending time with her family.

Jen Murphy

Jen Murphy

Jennifer Murphy, Verona Area School District

Jennifer is a 15-year veteran of the Verona Area School District and alumni of the UW-Madison School of Education. She spent 12 years teaching math at Verona Area High School, and 2 years as the District Mentor Coordinator. She is thrilled to join the Savanna Oaks Team this year.

 

Shawdi Nesbit

Shawdi Nesbit, Sun Prairie Area School District

Shawdi is in her 4th year as a New Teacher Mentor for the Sun Prairie School District.  Prior to this position, she taught science and reading at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie for 12 years.  She earned her teaching degree from UW-LaCrosse and a Master’s Degree in Professional Development from Cardinal Stritch University.  Recently, she returned to school to work on a Master’s Degree in Administration and Curriculum and Instruction.  She enjoys working with new teachers because of the energy, enthusiasm and insight they bring to the profession.   She looks forward to meeting new teachers from all over Dane County through the Beginning Teacher Seminars.

Tracey Rosin

Tracey Rosin

 Tracey Rosin, Sun Prairie Area School District

Tracey is a full release mentor in the Sun Prairie Area School District. She taught kindergarten and first grade for 21 years. She earned her teaching degree from CAL Poly Pomona and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an ESL emphasis from University of Colorado Denver.  Tracey enjoys working with new teachers because they bring an energy and passion that is rewarding and sparks new life in all of us. She and her husband enjoy traveling across the country with their two children when they are not watching them play their many hockey games.

Sarah Stangland

Sarah Stangland

Sarah Stangland, Monona Grove School District

After teaching mathematics for 16 of her 17 year career at Monona Grove High School, Sarah is now a district-wide New Teacher Mentor. She thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to support and learn with K-12 teachers. Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education from Edgewood College and her Master’s Degree in Education from Cardinal Stritch University. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, running, cooking, and refinishing antique furniture.

Nicole Toepfer

Nicole Toepfer

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.  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.

Teresa Voss

Teresa Voss

 Teresa Voss, Verona Area School District
Teresa’s educational background includes Library & Information Studies, Reading, Broad Field Social Studies, History, Geography, and English. She began her career in 1995 teaching English and social studies, and then moved to the library in 2001.  She has worked in an elementary, high school, and international library setting.  She has served as mentor coordinator for Verona Area High School since 2009. Outside of teaching, you will find Teresa traveling. cooking, being outdoors and spending time with friends.  In addition, like most librarians, she enjoys the solitude of a great book.