Recognition of Excellence

2018 EPC Pre-Service Educator Awardees 

This award is presented to an outstanding educator who has demonstrated a sustained pattern of mentoring pre-service educators for at least five years. The award recipient is selected based on attributes such as: the ability to model professional responsibility; evidentiary assessment; effective classroom management; the ability to mentor pre-service teacher candidates in developing their capacity to be a leader; the ability to nurture candidates as they face a wide range of issues. 

Monte Dunnum

Monte Dunnum

Westby High School, Music
Westby, WI

Mr. Dunnum has served as a pre-service educator for
UWL music education students for more than 20
years. He provides our teacher candidates with a solid
foundation of pedagogical expertise and classroom
experience. He sets clear expectations for teacher
candidates and works with each individual to identify
strengths and weaknesses. He is genuinely committed

John Morschhauser

John Morschhauser

Longfellow Middle School, Math
La Crosse WI

Mr. Morchhauser welcomes teacher candidates into
his classroom and understands their developmental
needs. He helps teacher candidates to assume as much
responsibility as they are able to, and supports them
in assuming increasing responsibility over their time
in his classroom. He is a model of developmental
supervision and UWL’s teacher candidates are
fortunate to have him as a role model.

Cheryl Ward

Cheryl Ward

Summit Environmental School, PreK
La Crosse, WI

Mrs. Ward generously gives her time to as many as
eight Early Childhood student teachers every year,
modeling a play-based 4K setting within a public
school. She has partnered with UWL faculty member
Dawn Rouse to host a yearlong research project into
the social cognition of four year olds and the use of
Private Speech as a social communication. Cheryl is
a passionate advocate for the children in 4K and K
classrooms.

Jana Yashinsky

Jana Yashinsky

Northern Hills Elementary School, Physical Education
Onalaska, WI

Ms. Yashinsky is an invaluable resource to the general
and adapted physical education teacher preparation
programs. She has been a strong role model for
undergraduate and graduate students and has
mentored our students every semester. Each year we
get positive feedback from alum regarding the “realworld”
adapted physical education experiences she
provided for them which they now replicate all over
the country. 

Mark Zigler

Mark Zigler

Logan High School, Science
La Crosse, WI

Mr. Ziegler has been mentoring UWL teacher
candidates for several years in the areas of biology
and environmental science. He guides them to
develop strategies for differentiating instruction for
a wide range of students, including at-risk students
participating in the LaCrossroads program. He is
a model for effective classroom management by
demonstrating mutual respect and rapport with his
students and is a leader among science teachers.

2018 EPC Early Career Educator Awardees

This award is presented to an outstanding educator within the first three to five years of his/her professional career. The awarded recipient is selected based on any combination of the following: positive impact the individual has on schools or communities; innovation in designing learning experiences and advocacy for students. 

Jennifer Appel

Jennifer Appel

La Crosse, WI
Logan Middle School, Math

Currently in her third year of teaching, Ms. Appel
exemplifies excellence. She graduated from UWL
with certifications in general and special education
and continues to use her specialized training to
help all students learn. Mrs. Appel goes out of her
way to provide guidance to future teachers with her
incredible leadership, mentorship, and use of a variety
of effective teaching strategies.

Karissa Gilbertson

Karissa Gilbertson

Hintgen Elementary, La Crosse, WI
Hintgen Elementary, Kindergarten

Ms. Gilbertson exemplifies the values of placing
the child as the center of the curriculum, making
partnerships with families and colleagues, and seeking
out ways to transform the learning experience for all.
Featured in the La Crosse Tribune as an innovative
educator, her principal Amy Oliver shares that Karissa
is “a highly effective educator who uses her positive
energy to support students and staff.”

 

 

Jenna Kast

Jenna Kast

Sparta, WI
Sparta Middle School, School Health

Ms. Kast engages in the ongoing development
of her skill-based health curriculum to support all
her learners. She is a wonderful advocate for the
promotion of health education for and assumes
leadership roles in her community to promote healthy
behaviors. She is enthusiastic about working with
UWL school health educators and as a graduate of
the program she continues to support the program.

Luke Sauerman

Luke Sauerman

Onalaska, WI
Onalaska Middle School, Social Studies

Mr. Sauerman utilizes approaches to teaching that
are rooted in positivity and empowering students to
reflect on their own learning processes. His approach
meshes perfectly with his disposition within the
classroom, especially his desire to personalize and
brining meaning to a student’s learning experience.
In this regard, Mr. Sauerman is the best kind of
teacher—leader, mentor, source of inspiration.g. 

Kara Timmel

Kara Timmel

Westby, WI
Westby Are High School, Spanish

Ms. Timmel is passionate about nurturing a curiosity
in different cultures among students in the Westby
area. In her two years there, she has led a student trip
to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and plans to lead trips to
Spain, Portugal, and Peru in the future. In addition to
her service in Westby, Ms. Timmel is involved at the
state level as a member of WAFLT.

2017 EPC Pre-Service Educator Awardees expanding section

This award is presented to an outstanding educator who has demonstrated a sustained pattern of mentoring pre-service educators for at least five years. The award recipient is selected based on attributes such as: the ability to model professional responsibility; evidentiary assessment; effective classroom management; the ability to mentor pre-service teacher candidates in developing their capacity to be a leader; the ability to nurture candidates as they face a wide range of issues. 

Kevin Bonnar

Kevin Bonnar

Northern Hills Elementary, 4th Grade
Onalaska, WI

For over nine years, Mr. Bonnar has nurtured and inspired dozens of PDS teacher candidates and student teachers. As a graduate of UWL, he has given back to the profession by being an excellent mentor, providing guidance, advice, encouragement, and support. Mr. Bonnar inspires and empowers teacher candidates to be their very best.

Marcia Gardner

Marcia Gardner

Southern Bluffs Elementary, 4th Grade
La Crosse, WI

Ms. Gardner’s principal Ms. Lisa Schriener describes Marcia as “…continually seeking ways to improve her instruction. She asks, “Why are we doing it this way? Why not try…x, y or z?”. In addition to providing her teacher candidates with truly excellent teaching skills, Marcia looks out for their well-being. Describing herself as a Mother Hen, she makes sure her TCs have solutions for everything from differentiating tricky lessons to flat tires

Jessica Hutschenreuter

Jessica Hutschenreuter

Central High School, Math
La Crosse, WI

Ms. Hutschenrueter has been a wonderful mentor for UWL mathematics education pre-service teachers. She is committed to building strong relationships and nurturing students as they transition into their role as teachers. We are thankful for her dedication to mathematics education and continued work with our program.

Brian Wopat

Brian Wopat

Onalaska High School, French
Onalaska, WI

Mr. Wopat has been an excellent mentor for UW-La Crosse EC-A student teachers, serving as a model of ongoing professional development, demonstrating outstanding expertise in teaching French, coaching student teachers including them as equal collaborators that integrate language and culture.

2017 Early Career Educator Awardees expanding section

This award is presented to an outstanding educator within the first three to five years of his/her professional career. The awarded recipient is selected based on any combination of the following: positive impact the individual has on schools or communities; innovation in designing learning experiences and advocacy for students. 

Mae Bretl

Mae Bretl

Taylor Prairie Elementary | Monona, WI 
Kindergarten

Ms. Bretl's principal, Connie Haessly, states "its a privilege to have Mae here. She connects will with kindergarteners, especially those who struggle with learning challenges." She also applauded Mae's collaboration with families. Mae explains, "I try to be pro-active. I want to understand parent's priorities, and I want families to understand what we are doing everyday. I am committed to providing choice-based learning opportunities for all my students. I want them to have a chance to be kids while learning all they can."

Megan Danahy

Megan Danahy

Wonewoc Center | Wonewoc, WI 
Art Education

Since Ms Danahy was hired at Wonewoc Center, she had made major changes to the classroom, adding a storage room and a kiln room. Ms. Danahy has also exhibited art in public spaces in Wonewoc, as well as started an art club. She is also doing an after-school program. Lastly, she has a magnetic personality and students respond to her because she truly shows she cares and understands them. 

 

 

Kelly Denk

Kelly Denk

Homestead High School | Mequon, WI 
English Education

Ms. Denk's principal writes Kelly is "driven to help all students realize their full potential, meticulus in her planning and preparation, innovative in her methods, and wise well beyond her years. I will simply say that Kelly Denk stands out as on of the very best of the best early service teachers I have encountered in my nearly 20 years in this profession. She is truly a gifted educator who was called to this work. Hiring her is unquestionably one of my greatest accomplishments as the principal of Homestead High School. She is in a class of her own, and I remain honored and humbled that she chose this school as her professional home..."

Jena O'Flanagan

Jena O'Flanagan

Medford Area Elementary | Medford, WI 
Physical Education

Ms. O'Flanagan has been working to update the K-4 curriculum to a standards-based curriculum and has included many health aspects such as nutrition, the five components of fitness, muscles of the body, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug contents. Ms. O'Flanagan has also created a website and utilizes social media by posting mini videos of her class activiites to inform parents, teachers, and administrators about what her children are learning. 

Cassie Sturzl

Cassie Sturzl

Logan Middle School | La Crosse, WI 
6th Grade

Ms. Sturzl is a 2nd year teacher at Logan Middle School and her principal describes her as a creative educator who brings tremendous energy and fun into her classroom. Ms. Sturzl has provided more than 200 hours either modeling or actively supporting/mentoring teacher candidates. Because of her service, our candidates are better equipped for the middle level classroom and feel more confident in their abilty to affect widespread change.