BT Seminar Facilitators

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.

Steve Hernandez, Sun Prairie Area School District

Steve  currently works as a New Teacher Mentor for the Sun Prairie School District.  Prior to this, he taught High School Science for seven years at Sun Prairie High School.  He did not come into teaching immediately after college.  Instead, he earned a degree in Conservation Biology at UW Madison and worked in a microbiology lab (among other jobs) for several years before he took a substitute teaching position.  It was then that he felt he found his true calling.  He truly enjoys his current role collaborating with his new colleagues and supporting them in their professional growth.  He finds this position to be (much like teaching) both challenging and rewarding.  He has recently moved to Fitchburg and in his spare time enjoys mountain biking, running, cross-country skiing, and cooking.   Email Steve

 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, 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.   Email Shawdi 

 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.  In 2000 she moved into a part-time role as part-time librarian and social studies teacher, and in 2001 expanded her library teacher role to include Country View Elementary and Verona Area High School.

From 2004-2006 she took a leave and pursued her teaching interests in Zurich, Switzerland, at Zurich International School.  Upon returning stateside, she moved into the Library Director position at VAHS, where she works with teachers and students on research and information literacy skills.  She promotes reading through the curriculum and free time enjoyment.

Outside of teaching, you will find Teresa dreaming about the next trip she will take or reflecting upon the places she’s traveled.   She also enjoys cooking, being outdoors and spending time with friends.  In addition, like most librarians, she enjoys the solitude of a great book.