Biographies for 2018 Institute Presentations

1) Early Literacy Strategies for Differentiating Instruction
2) What Teachers Can Discover by Analyzing Writing
3) What Children Discover About Literacy through Writing

Dr. Cindy Owens is the ELA Coordinator and Literacy Trainer for Nixa Public Schools where she trains Reading Recovery Teachers, CIM Interventionists, and Dyslexia Therapists as well as provides professional development for classroom teachers. She also collects and analyzes data to track the progress of struggling students. In addition to her public school responsibilities, Cindy is also adjunct faculty at the University of Arkansas – Little Rock where she is currently co-investigator of a research study examining the influence of training in a meaning-based intervention on teacher effectiveness and academic gains of dyslexic students. Cindy is currently president of the Missouri Association of Reading Recovery Educators and is responsible for coordinating the state conference. She recently published a chapter (Changing Children’s Lives through Kindergarten Interventions) in Changing Minds, Changing Schools, Changing Systems (Edited by Dorn, Forbes, Poparad &, Schubert) based on her dissertation.

How should I teach grammar?
Margo Buettner has taught first grade at Cumberland Elementary School in Whitefish Bay for 7 years. She enjoys teaching many subject areas, even though her love for teaching reading continues to grow with time. She was a model classroom teacher in 2016-17. Megan Sukowatey has taught second grade for 16 years. She holds a masters degree in Literacy from Alverno College. Megan was a PCL model classroom teacher during 2017-18.She serves as a mentor teacher for the School District of Whitefish Bay. Kristin has experienced many roles to prepare her for her current position as a District Level PCL Literacy Coach at Cumberland School in Whitefish Bay. She has been an elementary classroom teacher, a reading teacher, a reading interventionist, a reading specialist, a teaching and learning specialist, an adjunct professor of graduate reading courses, and a Reading Recovery teacher. Kristin has been fortunate and grateful to receive literacy coach training by Dr. Linda Dorn and Dr. Carla Soffos at the University of Arkansas – Little Rock and Dr. Lucy Calkins at Teachers College Reading Writing Project – Columbia University.

Growing Readers through Literature Discussion Groups
Heather Gordon is a 5th-grade teacher in The School District of Belleville. She was a model classroom teacher two years ago and has worked and learned in the PCL model for four years.

Dawn Stiegert is a District PCL Coach for the School District of Belleville. She supports building-wide professional development, grade 3-6 teachers, and also serves students in interventions. Dawn has worked and learned in the PCL model for 6 years and loves every component and feature of the partnerships in comprehensive literacy.

Scaffolding Students for Success at the Secondary Level
Melissa Whitmore is a special education teacher with 20 years of experience who has embraced the PCL model during her last 2 years at Belleville Middle School, helping move students forward with reading success in the classroom.

Jill Johnson is a reading interventionist in the Belleville School District working with students in grades 2-12. Prior to this, Jill was a special education teacher for 15 years. Her background gives her a wide range of opportunities to see how all students learn. She is passionate about applying the PCL model to foster student growth across all classroom settings.

Scaffolding Professional Development
Megan Early, Kelly Luedeke, Aimee Hamilton – KASD; Target Audience: Administrators and Coaches

Comprehension Focus Group for RTI/Special Education Students
Erin Martin has been working as a Special Educator and Interventionist for 8 years with students in grades K-21 years of age with a variety of educational needs. She graduated with a bachelor degree in Special Education with a focus on Intellectual Disabilities from Northern Michigan University. She also has extensive training and experience working with students with Autism. She is in her fourth year of teaching at the Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District where she works with students in grades 2-8. She services students in special education and RTI. Erin works closely with classroom teachers to create the most inclusive programming and least restrictive environment possible for her students. This is done through collaboration, teamwork, co-teaching, and on-going learning.

Lynn Stankevich has 24 years of experience as a classroom teacher in grades 1-3, 6 years of experience as a Special Educator/ Interventionist and 4 years experience as a K-12 Literacy Coach in the Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District. Lynn works closely with teachers to design programming for students that need interventions. She works closely teachers during personally designed coaching cycles, weekly collaboration sessions, district professional development.

Going Deeper in Reader’s Workshop
Stacey McKinley, Amy Rice, & Gayle Doyle are 3rd-grade teachers for the School District of Belleville. Our team just completed its fourth year of working with the PCL model in the School District of Belleville. We have focused on language, writing and reading workshop. We are currently focusing on small group work along with integrated units of study.

1) Books! Books! Books!
2) What’s New and Some All-Time Favorites in Children’s Literature
Mary Lou Harris-Manske is a retired adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and retired reading coordinator for Stevens Point Schools. She co-owns Book Look and is an invited vendor at the PCL institute.

Applying the Text Dependent Analysis (TDA) Process to Math Word Problems
Alene Heeringa has been a teacher in the Waupun Area School District for 28 years. She has taught third grade, K-8 Gifted and Talented, sixth grade, and most recently seventh, eighth and ninth grade math. She holds a degree in Elementary Education with a minor to teach K-9th grade mathematics and is near completion of a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning in Math Intervention.

Cheryl Clarenbach has been a teacher in the Waupun Area School District for 17 years. She has taught most math classes at the secondary level, from 7th-grade math up through Algebra 2. She holds a degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Mathematics and is near completion of a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning in Math Intervention.

1)Everyone Deserves Impactful Feedback, Including Administrators: Methods of Receiving Feedback For Improvement
2)  Everyone Deserves Impactful Feedback: Feedback Strategies To Improve The Practice of Educators
Rob Meyer has served the educational community for 12 years through the roles of a Social Studies Educator, Assistant Principal, Principal, and now as a Director of Teaching & Learning. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a Master’s Degree from the College of Education and Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University. Rob believes strongly in supporting professional learning for educators, administrators, and other educational servants in order to positively impact the students we all serve.

My Kids are in Small Groups for Reading, but Now What? How to teach small group reading instruction that builds strategic and independent learners!
Danielle is currently a model classroom teacher in a third-grade classroom at Waupun Area School District. As a teacher for 28 years, Danielle has taught Spanish, Language Arts, Sixth grade and Third grade. She has been focusing on nurturing a love of reading and growing capable readers in her classes through the PCL model for the past three years.

Darcy Schobert-Bethke is a district level literacy coach who has been implementing the PCL model in Waupun WI for the past 3 years. She is also a reading interventionist for grades 2nd – 6th implementing the comprehensive interventions within the PCL model. She has been a literacy coach for 3 years, reading interventionist for 5 years, and was a special education teacher, grades K-8 for 19 years. Darcy’s passion is learning and working with the most tangled readers and writers and with the teachers in their classrooms implementing the PCL model.

1) You had to be there! Modeling Writing
2) Nurturing Young Writers: Writing Conferences

Caitlin Etten has been a middle school ELA teacher for ten years and a literacy coach for two. In that time, she has benefited from teaching 6th, 7th and 8th grade. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Master’s Degree from Cardinal Stritch University in Teaching. In the last two years, she trained with Dr. Dorn and be a CLM coach and is a reading specialist. Caitlin believes deeply that fostering reflective practice in herself and other teachers is the way to bring both passion, ownership, and growth to students and ourselves.

Interactive Science Notebooks
Meredith Smith has taught science at Belleville High School since 2003. She spends a lot of her time outside of the classroom traveling with and without students and coaching 3 Science Olympiad teams. She began her teaching journey at Kansas State University and in 2011 she received her Master’s in Physics Education from University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Meredith received her National Board Teacher Certification in 2015 and in 2016 she was chosen as the Crystal Apple Award Winner for the NBC15 viewing area.

Title: Creating an Aligned Comprehensive Assessment System: Using Triangulation of Data to Support Student Learning
Shelley Lentz is a PCL District Level Literacy Coach for 4K-2nd grade in Belleville. Before working as a Literacy Coach, Shelley spent time teaching Reading Recovery, 2nd grade and working as a Data Point Person.

Michelle Blau is the CIM Specialist in the School District of Belleville. As a CIM Specialist, she serves as a Reading Recovery Teacher, delivers and oversees Tier II and Tier III interventions and monitors the Comprehensive Assessment System. Michelle has been affiliated with the model for 9 years. She is an advocate for providing early intervening services and has led the data team in using data to match interventions to core.

The WRITE Stuff: The Power of Including the Writing Phase in Your Guided Reading Plus Lesson
Wendy Hamilton is the district coach and trainer for literacy interventions in the School District of Waukesha. She trained with Dr. Linda Dorn as a district CIM coach in 2015-16. Prior to that Wendy has been a reading specialist, literacy coach, Title 1 teacher, Title 1 Site Coordinator, and classroom teacher.

Aligning PCL Model in 4K: Interactive Writing and Thoughtful Logs
Kelsey Schmit has been teaching in the School District of Belleville for eight years. She has taught Kindergarten and 4K and was a model classroom at both levels. She holds degrees in Elementary and Special Education, a Master’s in Education Learning and Leadership and is working on finishing her Principal License. Kelsey loves how the model has evolved in her district over the years and how each year brings new challenges and opportunities for growth.

Marsha Rear has been teaching in the School District of Belleville for 30 years. She has taught Early Childhood for 24 years and is now teaching 4K. In addition, she was a model classroom during the 2016-17 school year. She holds degrees in Elementary and Special Education. Marsha is excited to see the model brought to the 4K curriculum and loves witnessing growth in her students throughout the school year.

Empowering Teachers and Districts Through Reflective Practice (Applicable to All Strands)
Dawn Stiegert is a District PCL Coach for the School District of Belleville. She supports building-wide professional development, grade 3-6 teachers, and also serves students in interventions. Dawn has worked and learned in the PCL model for 6 years and loves every component and feature of the partnerships in comprehensive literacy.

Developing Conversational Leadership in Literature Discussion Groups
Gina Bailey is a Literacy Coach at Les Paul Middle School in the School District of Waukesha. She is a trained CIM and PCL Coach through the UALR Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy. Gina shares her love of text through work with students and teachers, promoting strategic instruction to enhance literacy.

Garrett Sheskey is a literacy teacher at Les Paul Middle School in the School District of Waukesha. As an avid reader himself, Garrett introduces new text and media to his students to support a love of reading in all students. Connect with Garrett via Twitter at @MrSheskeyReads.

Aligning the Writing Aloud Intervention to the Classroom: A Scaffold for Success
Rachel Ehlen works as a Reading Recovery teacher and CIM interventionist for the School District of Fort Atkinson. Rachel taught kindergarten and first grade. She trained under Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos and earned her district-level coaching certification from UALR in 2011. After serving SDFA for several years as a PCL coach she’s honing her skills as an interventionist.

Strategic Prompts Scaffold Strategic Literacy Learners
Marcia Jordahl is Fort Atkinson’s District Literacy Coach and Interventionist for 4K, kindergarten, and grade 1. Prior to joining the PCL network, Marcia served as District Reading Specialist for the School District of Beloit, CESA1 Professional Development Specialist, Janesville Literacy Coach and classroom teacher. Marcia’s 26- year career was built on the foundation of Reading Recovery.

Using Technology As An Instructional Support for Literacy Across Content Areas
Jen Mortensen is a 4K-12 Instructional Coach and Instructional Technology Coordinator in Waterloo School District. Jen holds a Masters in Education Professional Development and an Instructional Technology Coordinator Administrative license. She has 14 years classroom experience in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6, and most of those years involved ELA instruction and integrating reading into her science classroom. She has worked closely with middle school and high school teachers in a variety of content areas to develop research projects that include quality research resources. and she has significant experience working with GSuite and Google Classroom to provide engaging, relevant learning experiences for students. 

Scaffolding CIM Training
Brian Reindl, District Literacy Coordinator, Stacy Knapp, Principal, Kenneth Kortens, Principal, Holly Magness, Principal, Elizabeth Thoreson, Principal, & Kelli Antoine Elementary Director, Kaukauna Area School District

Literature Discussion Groups in Kindergarten
Jessica Wintheiser has been teaching kindergarten in Whitefish Bay for 17 years. Jessica has her reading teacher license along with National Board Certification. In addition, she was a model classroom teacher three years ago and continues to look for ways to enhance her teaching and the model.

Margot DeBot is a PCL district-level literacy coach who has been implementing the model in Whitefish Bay for the past three years. Before becoming a literacy coach, Margot was a first-grade teacher, Reading Recovery teacher and reading specialist.

Thoughtful Logs as a Scaffold for Transfer & Independence
Kelly Luedeke, Aimee Hamilton & Megan Early are PCL literacy coaches and reading specialists in the Kaukauna Area School District.

Gradual Release of Responsibility: Using Cognitive Apprenticeship to Set Students on the Path to Mastery
Robyn Skaar has taught at the secondary level for 18 years. She has taught grades 7-8 at the middle school level, as well as a variety of high school courses grades 9-12. Robyn also participated in the Writing Institute at the Teacher’s College during the summer of 2016.Katie Hoffman has been a secondary educator for 17 years. Most of her time has been spent as a middle school language arts teacher, but throughout her career, she has taught each grade level from 6-12. She completed her training as a literacy coach during the 2017-2018 school year.

What is Shared Leadership?
Maureen Schiefelbein has over 30 years of experience in education. She earned her Literacy Coach Graduate Certificate degree from UALR in 2010. She has a Master’s in Reading Education and holds an Elementary Classroom Teacher 1-6, 4K-12 Reading Specialist and Reading Recovery licensures. Maureen has presented at state reading conferences and networks with several districts in the state of WI to implement the PCL model 4K-12. Maureen’s wide-range of experiences includes elementary school classroom teacher, Title I teacher/coordinator, 4K-12, Reading Recovery teacher, building level PCL coach, district level PCL coach, and literacy coordinator. She is excited to share her expertise as a district level PCL coach.

Lynn Stankevich has 24 years of experience as a classroom teacher in grades 1-3, 6 years of experience as a Special Educator/ Interventionist and 4 years experience as a 4K-12 Literacy Coach in the Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District. Lynn works closely with teachers to design programming for students that need interventions. She works closely teachers during personally designed coaching cycles, weekly collaboration sessions, district professional development.