1990s Class Notes for Fall 2016 Learning Connections



Kim L. Gary
MS 1990 – Counselor Education
Kim retired from Madison East High School in June of 2014 as a counselor and AVID 12 elective teacher. Since then, Kim has taken the last two years to write a book titled “H.S. Counseling Wisdom, Relentegrity -- the Relentless Pursuit of Integrity.” Kim considers it a quick reference handbook for new and veteran counselors as well as important information for other educators, students, parents and community members. There are 20 short chapters about various aspects of school counseling, from developing relationships and rapport to goal setting, time management, senior year stress, supporting undocumented students to scheduling and many areas in between, not to mention student and staff testimonials. It can be found at lulu.com for purchase.

Maureen Gillette

Mark A. Ramthun
BM 1990 – Music Education
Mark was appointed to the Wisconsin School Music Association State Honors Orchestra staff as brass coach, as well as a Staff Member on Wisconsin's Ambassadors of Music for 5th consecutive European Tour. Mark currently teaches instrumental music in the Dodgeville School district.

Andrea Rose
Ph.D. 1990 – Curriculum & Instruction
Andrea has been a professor of music education at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada (her home province) since 1990. She is the recipient of several teaching awards, including Memorial University President's Award for Distinguished Teaching. She is a 3M National Teaching Fellow, the highest award granted by the Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. In 2012, she was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to music and arts education in Canada.

Jim Schmitt
BS 1990 – Chemistry Education
Jim just finished his first year as the Executive Director of Teaching & Learning with the Eau Claire Area School District. This is Jim’s 27th year with the District.

Laura MacIsaac
BS 1991 – Education / Secondary Education
Laura recently won the Meetings Industry Advocate award from the Meeting Professionals International-Wisconsin Chapter. This award is given to event professionals who educate and advocate about the meetings industry. As Director of Sales for Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Laura spends a large portion of her day educating folks on the meetings industry. She also does outreach with technical colleges and their meetings and events students, as well as high school classes who come to the convention center for their 'business day."

Cynthia Lynne Brun
MS 1993 – Continuing & Vocational Education
The online fire and emergency response management degree that Cynthia manages has obtained accreditation through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). The IFSAC Degree Assembly accredits fire science or related academic programs at colleges and universities. Accreditation includes both two-year associate degrees and four-year bachelor’s degrees. An IFSAC accredited program indicates that course offerings, institutional support, and qualified faculty are working together in completing their educational mission. The IFSAC Degree Assembly is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a programmatic accreditor of fire and emergency related degree programs. This online degree was the first in the nation to receive this accreditation. Cynthia currently sits on the Council of Governors for the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. They have also received recognition by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education committee. The Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Recognition certificate is an acknowledgement that a collegiate emergency services degree program meets the minimum standards of excellence established by FESHE professional development committees and the National Fire Academy (NFA). These regionally- or nationally-accredited colleges and universities have demonstrated a commitment to the nationally-recognized FESHE model of standardized professional development education criteria. FESHE concentrates on degree programs that emphasize firefighting response, fire prevention, fire administration and Emergency Medical Services management. Cynthia reports that she also lost her husband in January 2016.

Patti Coan
BSE 1983 – Elementary Education
MS 1994 – Educational Psychology

Over Patti’s career she has transitioned from the public schools (classroom teacher and gifted/talented resource) to for- and not-for-profit businesses (business consultant) to regional health care (quality improvement coach) to national wellness and well-being (learning program manager). Patti currently presents on the topic of "Creating a Lean, Mean Learning Machine," sharing her two-and-a-half-year journey to create standardized and sustainable learning structures and processes that lead to performance and business results. Patti is also a Raja Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor at local studios and spas, nationally in the corporate environment and internationally at resorts. She says: “It would be lovely to connect on or off the mat.”

James Haessly
MS 1991 – Educational Psychology
Ph.D. 1994 – Educational Psychology

Jim is currently an Assistant Director of Student Services in the Madison Metropolitan School District. He assists the district with the delivery of educational and mental health services to students with disabilities. He lives in Madison with his wife, Connie. Jim has two adult children and two grandchildren, all living in the Madison area.

Jennifer Niesen Shohoney
BS 1994 – Special Education
Jennifer finished a master's in educational leadership from Marian University in May 2016. Jennifer graduated with a principal license and director of pupil services license, and is currently the special education coordinator for the Cudahy School District.

Clayton Wachholz
BM 1994 – Music Education
Clayton is the new associate director of bands at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park in Canton, Mich.

Shannon Buhs DeSalvo
BS 1995 – Physical Therapy
Shannon will have the biggest class yet for the women's health elective that she teaches to the third-year PT students at Rockhurst University next spring. This will be Shannon’s fourth year teaching, and she loves to see the growing interest in this area of healthcare. Shannon also continues to work part-time at Foundational Concepts, a private practice that specializes in pelvic health and rehab. Check out their latest blog posts at www.foundationalconcepts.com. They want to help educate the community on this unique niche of physical therapy.

Christine Carlson Kuehn
BSE 1986 – English/Secondary Education
MS 1995 – Curriculum & Instruction

Christine recently retired from teaching in June 2016. She continues to facilitate the Greater Madison Writing Project's yearlong institute in Middleton and also represents them in professional capacities as an occasional presenter. In June 2016 Christine co-presented at the GMWP Early Career Educator Writing Academy. In July 2016 Christine co-facilitated Middleton's second annual GMWP yearlong two-week institute in Middleton that continues through June 2017. On October 13, 2016, Christine co-presented at the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English in Milwaukee.

Peder N. Piering
MS 1995 – Educational Administration
In 2013, Peder joined a martial arts school and discovered something quite interesting — the same psychological profile proven necessary for peak performance by modern-day science has been embedded in martial arts’ curriculum for thousands of years. In this book, Peder shares his insights on mastering mental toughness drawn from both the science of sport psychology and the teachings of the ancient martial arts. The result is a unique perspective on achieving peak performance.

Nicole Schmidt Reuter
BS 1995 – Rehabilitation Psychology
Nicole has a National Association of Catholic Chaplains Board Certification and is working as a hospice chaplain in St Cloud, Minn.


Chip Hunter
MS 1994 – Counseling
Ph.D. 1996 – Counseling Psychology

Last year Chip retired from teaching at the University of New Mexico, and now works in the field full-time for Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) after several years of part-time activities. Most recently, Chris spent last year as the MSF project coordinator in Nyarugusu, Tanzania, the world's third largest refugee camp, working with Burundians and Congolese fleeing violence. Chip’s wife Katie Hunter, MBA 2010, has also come to work in the field with them as a project administrator.

Jason Matthew Marcks
BSE 1997 – Earth Science/Secondary Education
Jason still teaches science, however it is no longer in the traditional classroom. Jason teaches for Montana State University and UW-Green Bay using online technology. Teaching online allows Jason the flexibility he needs for his full-time job as a pilot for Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation, where he also serves as an instructor teaching new hire pilots how to operate a fleet of CRJ-200 jet aircraft. Jason’s education and science training from UW has always provided him with the tools to excel in every situation Jason has been placed, regardless if it is teaching geology or aerodynamics.

Robin Rebholz Kvalo
BSE 1981 – Elementary Education
MS 1998 – Educational Administration

Robin, Wisconsin’s 2016 Secondary Principal of the Year (POY), participated in the NASSP POY Institute in Washington, D.C., in mid September with 49 other Principals of the Year from around the country. The week was filled with leadership workshops, a special awards night and a visit to Capitol Hill where Robin met with Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Glenn Grothman to discuss upcoming legislative votes that will greatly affect education in Wisconsin. The Institute celebrated each POY and awarded them with a variety of items to recognize their accomplishments.

Pamela Delfosse
MA 1999 – Educational Policy Studies
Pam has joined the National Foreign Language Center faculty as Senior Content Specialist. In this role she supports effective teaching and learning of 11 less commonly taught languages across the nation through the federally funded STARTALK Program (https://startalk.umd.edu). The mission of STARTALK is to increase the number of teachers and students of Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. STARTALK prioritizes access to high quality professional development and standards and proficiency-based thematic curricula and learning environments. Pam is excited to extend equity in access to language teaching and learning through this work.

Ann Ecker
BSE 1999 – Secondary Education/Spanish
Ann earned a master’s in 2002 in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University and is on track to earn a Ph.D. in 2017 in  Leadership and Learning for Service and Organization from Cardinal Stritch. She currently is director of instruction for the School District of South Milwaukee.

Daniel Krhin
MS 1999 – Educational Administration
Dan is the Director of the U.S Department of Education McNair Scholars graduate school preparation program at Ripon College. The McNair program is funded at Ripon College in a unique collaboration with Lawrence University and St. Norbert College and functions to guide high achieving, talented, and motivated first generation-low income and racially underrepresented students on to graduate school. As of Fall 2016, in only nine years of existence, 82 scholars have enrolled in, graduated from or are continuing on in graduate school at some of the most prestigious graduate schools in the U.S. including UW-Madison, the University of Minnesota, Pepperdine, Columbia (N.Y.), Rensselaer, William & Mary. Notre Dame, Arizona State, University of Iowa, UCLA and many more excellent graduate schools. Of the 82 scholars who have gone on to graduate school, 35 have enrolled in Ph.D. programs in a range of academic disciplines: biology, psychology, chemistry, engineering, gender studies, history, mathematics and statistics.

Julia A. Peterson
BS 1999 – Social Studies Education
Julia is currently teaching 4k for the Madison Metropolitan School District. She started teaching in Madison in 1999.

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