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DEN Wisconsin Leadership

  1. 1. Meet Your Leadership Council! Pat Uselding Rachel Yurk Rita Mortenson Keith Schroeder Rachel Hoffman Co-Chair Co-Chair Events Co-Chair Events Team Events Team Brian Bartel Pat Hawkenson Jeanine Brennan Cathy Houchin Wendy Liska Blog Co-Chair Blog Co-Chair Events Co-Chair Events Team Events Team STAR Discovery Educators
  2. 2. Patrick Uselding Co-chair • 8th Grade U.S. History • Student Council Advisor • 7th Grade World Geography • School Newspaper Advisor • 8th Grade Literature • 8th Grade Patrols Advisor • WI Co-Chair • Avid Reader • Film Buff • Fledgling Author STAR Discovery Educator
  3. 3. Rachel Yurk Co-chair •6th Grade Teacher of all subjects at Poplar Creek Elementary School (New Berlin Public Schools) •WI DEN Leadership Council Co-Chair •SMART Certified Master Trainer •SMART Exemplary Educator •Author (Interactive Educator, Discovery Resource) Personal Interests: Mom to three great kids (8yrs, and 6 yr. old twins) Traveler Avid blog reader Web surfer Addicted to adolescent books for my classroom Sunday School Teacher Can’t wait for the next episode of 24!!! STAR Discovery Educator
  4. 4. Rita A. Mortenson Co-chair • Educational Technology Coordinator, Verona, WI • National Board Certified Teacher, 2005 • Wisconsin DEN Leadership Council Co-Events Coord. • Active Star DEN Member • Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2007 • Digital Storyteller – was inspired by Bernajean Porter • Yearbook Advisor and Co-Advisor of Student Council • Took 28 seniors on a trip to New York City this year! • I enjoy swimming  STAR Discovery Educator
  5. 5. Keith Schroeder Events Team •Library Media Specialist •N. Wisconsin Events Coordinator •Certified Pre-K – 12 LMS •Active WI DEN Member •Certified Pre-K – 8 All Subjects •WEMA Member •Storyteller •AASL Member •Technology Integration •WLA Member •Adjunct Instructor for Colleges •NCTE Member Personal Interests: •Family •Scoutmaster •Stained Glass •Fishing •Podcasting •Blogging •Reading STAR Discovery Educator
  6. 6. Rachel Hoffman Events Team Professional Information •7th Grade Math and History Teacher at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander, WI •Taught grades 1,2, 3, 4, 5, & 7 in 6 years! •BCCP (Building Computer Contact Person) •Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Personal Information Educational Technology •Family comes first! 4 children •Self professed “computer geek” ages 10, 6, 4, and 1 •Member of district ITL Standards & I- •Enjoy traveling Safe committees •Love to read •WI STAR DEN & Leadership Council •Active 4-H Volunteer member STAR Discovery Educator
  7. 7. Brian Bartel Blog co-chair •Chemistry/Biology Teacher at Appleton West High School •BA Biology from Lawrence University, Masters of Life Science from the University of Maryland •Swim Coach, Link CrewTM and Peer Helper Advisor, Building Tech Liaison •President of & Newsletter editor for The Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers ( •Co-host for Periodicity – a weekly science Podcast from WSST STAR Discovery Educator
  8. 8. Patricia Hawkenson Blog co-chair • National Board Certified Teacher • WI Co-Blog Chair • Certified Adolescence Generalist • Active WI DEN Member • Grade 6 Language Arts Instructor • Blog Reader • WEAC Representative • Developing my Podcasting Skills • Affiliate • Trying to Master Movie Maker • Stained Glass Artist • Web Surfer Personal Interests (PHOTO) I ride the latest waves of my many passions: collecting cobalt blue glass, camping, writing, sketching, painting, pop-up books, creating stained glass boxes and kaleidoscopes, studying goddesses, reading, traveling, and reflecting on life with friends and family! STAR Discovery Educator
  9. 9. Jeanine Brennan Events co-chair •Secretary for the Wauwatosa •Instructional Technology Manager Education Association for Wauwatosa School District •Wauwatosa Educational Media •Adjunct Professor for Viterbo Association University- Educational Technology •NEA Representative •Master’s in Library and Information •WI DEN Events Co-chair Science Personal Interests •My children are an important part of my life. Joe, a (PHOTO) GIS specialist for the Department of Agriculture and Rachel a flight attendant, traveling the world. •Volunteerism is my social life, chef assistant, tall ship- science educator, editor of community newsletter. •Group travel leader for educators –National Parks, Europe STAR Discovery Educator
  10. 10. Cathy Houchin Events Team EDUCATIONAL PERSONAL INFORMATION INTERESTS I love doing things Kindergarten through 5th with my husband and grade music teacher 2 sons Lights and Sound Shopping for great Technician bargains Works with Audacity, Traveling Finale, various music software and podcasting Playing the piano within the classroom and organ setting. Member of the Wisconsin Den Leadership Council STAR Discovery Educator
  11. 11. Wendy Liska Events Team School Life: Personal Interests: •Instructional Technology Chair for •I have recently taken up the School District of Waukesha kayaking and hope to get a •Technology Resource Teacher couple of trips to Lake •Active DEN member Superior in this summer •Wine tasting mostly for the fun of it, although I sense a bit of snobbery coming on… •Hiking and Backpacking! This summer you will find me on a new adventure in Glacier National Park. Look out Granite Peak! STAR Discovery Educator