WETL Board Members
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.
Kelly Hoyland is currently the Director of Learning Technology Services at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where her department is responsible for classroom technology, the learning management system, and technology integration. Prior to working in higher education, she was the Director of Technology for the School District of the Menomonie Area for four years and a high school teacher for 6 years. She serves at the Past Chair for the Wisconsin Educational Technology Leaders, holds the Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL) certification, and serves on the UW System Learning Technology Development Council. Her CoSN Framework Areas of Strength include leadership & vision, instructional focus & professional development, team building & staffing, and stakeholder focus.
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 6900 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.
Over the past 3 years, 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 Bring Your Own Device Program, a 1:1 pilot program, a digital equity program that provides both devices and internet hotspot access for students, the implementation of an instructional technology coaching program along with the move to a personalized and technology infused learning environment for all students.
COSN Framework Areas of strength: Leadership and Vision, Instructional Focus and Professional Development, Information Technology and Communication Systems.
My name is Phil Bickelhaupt. I am currently serving as the Director of Technology for Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools (WRPS). I have been in my role since October of 2012. Prior to this position I served as a Technology Education teacher at WRPS for 12 years teaching courses in digital electronics, automotive service, computer repair and networking and various other related courses. I hold DPI licenses of #220, #51 and #92 in addition to various other certifications. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Technology Education from the University of Wisconsin – Stout and my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Marian University.
In my current position I oversee the entire Information Technology Department which includes all network operations, server and systems management, website management, instructional software and all audio-visual operations. Additionally, I serve as the curricular leader for the Information Technology and Literacy Department including overseeing all operations of the WRPS libraries.
My areas of expertise include infrastructure, communications management, and professional development.
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
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