WETL Board Members
Amy Sterckx is the Executive Director of Technology and Information for Green Bay Area Public School (GBAPS). Amy serves a crucial role as the liaison between the District’s operational teams and educational teams. A previous classroom teacher, Amy currently holds a Masters of Arts in Educational Technology from Marian University. She has earned her Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) National Certificate and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Certificate.
Jennifer Lotze is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Hudson School District. She previously served as an Instructional Technology Trainer in the Sheboygan Area School District and an Educational Consultant at CESA 11. During her teaching career, she worked as a Cross Categorical Special Educator and focused on teaching individuals with disabilities how to use technology to be successful in their everyday lives. Within her special education program, she helped her students to create a successful business within the school environment. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and works with educational professionals all over the country as they integrate technology into their learning environments. She presents to help individuals get the most out of the technology they have access to and make accommodations to existing technology for use with all students. She received her Masters Degree from Carthage College in the area of Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Assistive Technology.
Kathleen Stephany is a Technology Integration Specialist for the Oshkosh Area School District. She previously served as Library Media Specialist and Instructional Support Teacher. Kathleen is a lead member of the District Technology Team who enjoys exploring new technologies and sharing them with students and staff. She has presented at SLATE regarding virtual reality and at CoSN on the topic of Education 2030: Robotics and AI. Kathleen has been instrumental in establishing opportunities for girls in coding and technology. She brought WIT4Girls, Microsoft DigiGirlz, and Girls who Code experiences to the Oshkosh Area School District.
Kathleen is involved with Women in Technology, Wisconsin, Inc., NEW CS Advisory Board, NEW Digital Alliance, and Amplify Oshkosh. She received her Master of Science in Educational Leadership from UW Oshkosh. Kathleen earned her CETL in 2020.
Secretary/CETL Cohort Facilitator
Kaye Henrickson is a Digital Learning Instructional Services Director at CESA #4, serving 26 school districts in west central Wisconsin. She previously served as District Technology Coach and Literacy Arts teacher in the Black River Falls School District and Elementary Teacher in the Whitehall School District. Kaye earned her CETL certification in 2015 and leads in Wisconsin as an OER (open education resources) and effective and purposeful digital learning practices expert, and currently facilitates WETL CETL Study Cohorts. She is an active Edcamp Foundation advocate, giving educators voice in personalizing their own professional learning, and is a newly published author of Battle Courage.
Kaye is a regional, national, and international presenter, focusing on student engagement and educator efficacy with digital learning. Kaye’s CoSN framework areas of expertise include Leadership & Vision and Understanding the Educational Environment.
Since 2006 Chris Czerniak has been the Technology Director for the Lake Mills Area School District. In his role, Chris supports approximately 1500 students and over 200 staff. He has a Masters in Computer Information Systems Management. Prior to his work in the education field, he was a teir 2 helpdesk technician supporting four offices throughout the state of Wisconsin and other technicians throughout the US. He was one of the first five people in the state to earn his CETL certification and continually urges others to get theirs. Over the past 14 years, Chris has assisted with building two new schools, implemented and expanded a 1to1 solution, and continually looks to the future in educational technology. His CoSN Framework Areas of Strength include Information Technology Management, Leadership and Vision, Data Management and Communication Systems Management.
Dr. Brian Casey is the Director of Technology for the Stevens Point Area Public School District in Wisconsin. He has worked for over 20 years as a classroom teacher, technology integration coach and administrator and has offered professional development for educators on educational technology, data privacy and In 2013 he published his dissertation Building Social Capital Online: Educators uses of Twitter, which provided valuable insight and much needed research about how educators use Twitter to improve their practice. He is responsible for supervising all technology staff, Integration Specialists and Library Media specialists and also works with District leadership team to create a shared vision for using technology in teaching for 7,300 students and 500 staff members. He has extensive experience providing leadership and collaborating with colleagues on state and local initiatives such as the Digital Learning Advisory Council, WiscNet, Wisconsin Educational Technology Leaders board (WETL) and the Wisconsin Technology Initiative (WTI).
My professional career has focused on connecting people with questions, to information for answers – ten years as a school library media specialist and the last nine with CESA 10 in Chippewa Falls. Currently, as the Director of Educational Technology, I lead a team of seven to support the full spectrum of school district educational technology – from securing the funding for the district’s internet service and network infrastructure to the classroom integration of technology to support teaching and student learning.
Working with educational technology leaders in districts of all levels of enrollments provides me not only with a broad perspective and range of ideas but also an abundance of connections to make and share with others. These connections are what I find most valuable and readily available to help and support other districts facing similar situations. The action of making these connections is also why I serve not only the WETL Board but also other local and statewide leadership boards on which I serve. .
Dr. Annette R. Smith has been a teacher, a media specialist, a district technology director, a professor, Director of Instructional Technology & Support at TeachingBooks.net and most recently the Director of Instructional Technology Services at DPI. Annette’s knowledge and passion for education has led her to serve on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), as president of the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA) and on the Wisconsin Educational Technology Leaders Board of Directors. Annette focuses on collaboration and leadership that leads to equitable, human focused technology for education.