WETL Board Members
NEW BOARD MEMEBERS!
WETL held their Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Elections were held for the positions of: Chair-Elect, Treasurer and 2- At-Large Member Seats.
Congratulations to the following WETL members for being elected to the board starting July 1, 2019.
Chair-Elect: Jen Lotze
Treasurer: Greg Krueger
At-Large Member (2): Ed Snow & Bob Boyd
Thank you for your leadership!
We will be updating the member profiles soon.
Timothy Harder is the Director of Technology for the West Bend School District in Southeast, Wisconsin where he oversees the Technology Services Department which includes operational and instructional technology along with the Library Media Services program. Timothy’s work supports approximately 6800 students, all staff in the district and the community at-large. Prior to moving to an educational leadership role in the fall of 2013, he served as a Technology Education instructor for 13 years developing a digital media program that encompassed digital imaging, video production and animation. The program enrollment grew to over 275 students a year and supported the start of a similar program at the local technical college which awarded students the opportunity to complete ¼ of an associate’s degree before leaving high school.
Timothy has lead the district in the adoption of a 5-year technology plan that is grounded in the core belief that technology is a teaching and learning tool, when used effectively, will support and help transform how staff and students interact, research, collaborate, learn and produce evidence of learning. This plan includes the adoption of a 1:1 program, a digital equity program that provides both devices and internet hotspot access for students, the implementation of an instructional technology coaching program, embedding coding and computational thinking through interdisciplinary learning experiences in K-4 classrooms, along with the move to a personalized and technology infused learning environment for all students.
Sarah Radcliffe is the Director of Educational Technology for the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District. She served as an Instructional Technology coach there for 4 years prior to her current role. Sarah’s background is in Special Education and Curriculum. Sarah leads the work in Academic and Career Planning for her district and works to promote the use of Future Ready skills to help students become prepared for a workforce well into the 21st Century. Sarah started the Student Helpdesk course at the high school, which empowers students to troubleshoot and repair damaged student chromebook devices in a 1:1 setting. Sarah has been instrumental in evolving technology training courses into individualized professional development opportunities to engage teachers in leveraging technology for instructional gain. She leads buildings in independently planning for and executing annual Future Ready goals and allocation of devices in their buildings. Sarah is currently working with other leaders in her district to develop an ACP ad hoc committee of parents, students, staff and community business leaders.
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.
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.
Greg Krueger began serving as WETL’s treasurer in December 2016. Greg presently directs the Information & Technology department for the School District of Holmen. His position involves overseeing a staff of nine and sustaining a referendum-funded 1:1 technology program covering grades six through twelve. Greg previously served as network administrator for the School District of Rhinelander, where he saw the District through a transition from technology as a contracted service to an internal department.
Greg was raised in Appleton, WI and has an undergrad in Business and Marketing Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He became a Certified Education Technology Leader in 2016 and presently serves on the CoSN Smart Education Network by Design advisory committee. His CoSN framework areas of expertise include Leadership & Vision, Information Technology 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).
Ed Snow is a passionate “people first” TechEd leader who has over 15 years of K-12 experience. As the Technology Director for the School District of Milton, he focuses on creating and fostering professional relationships, at the local, state, and national levels Ed is particularly proud of: Creation of a student cadet program, co-founding LETSGO-WI, hosting several Ed-Camps, presentations at Slate, WEMTA, Brainstorm, Skyward iCon, ISTE, and CoSN. In 2013, he helped launch one of Wisconsin’s first K-12 1:1 programs and holds a degree for hardware, software, networking, customer service, and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.
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 helpdesk technician supporting four offices throughout the state of Wisconsin. 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 ten 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.
Janice Mertes is the Assistant Director for Instructional Media and Technology/Digital Learning for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Janice comes to the Wisconsin DPI from the Sun Prairie School District with over 19 years of school district experiences having served as a twice National Board certified secondary social studies education, LMS administrator, professional learning facilitator, virtual learning integrator and technology coordinator. Janice coordinated the district Morgridge Technology Grant project that included a student run SMART*ies tech squad and implement model interactive classrooms. Janice was recognized by Wisconsin as a Herb Kohl Fellowship recipient, Microsoft Innovative Educator, USA Today Teacher Team, James Madison Constitutional Fellow and the National Education I Can Learn award. In addition, Janice bring national experience from her service on Supreme Court Justice O’Connor’s iCivics educator team, blogging on edtech topics and speaking at a variety of conferences. At the Wisconsin DPi, Janice is leading the statewide implementation of the Future Ready and #GoOpen programming initiatives connected to the refreshed Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan. In addition, Janice serves on internal work teams for ESSA, data privacy and digital citizenship, personalized learning and infrastructure. Janice coordinates partnership programming with the Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative virtual learning partners and numerous other professional organization efforts to impact personalized, innovative student learning opportunities. Follow Janice at:@WisDPITech