Education & Technology
During my tenure as a school board member and as a leader in the state, the Neenah Joint School District has implemented cutting edge programs including; 1-to-1 devices and a high capacity technology infrastructure to support secure digital learning opportunities for all our students; incorporating real world experiences for our students with internships, industry credentialing, offering dual-credit classes where students earn both high school and college credits simultaneously; and by offering a variety of Advanced Placement courses to give all our students access to demanding college level experiences to gain college credits and prepare our post-secondary students for the rigor they will experience. Being ready with technology has allowed our students and staff to be able to make the successful transition to digital learning as we navigate school closure and social distancing, and to provide all our students with continuity of learning.
As a Neenah school board member, I have given testimony in Madison before the Committee on Education in support of legislation that would assist teachers in qualifications to teach dual-credit courses in order to be able to offer this great opportunity to our students. This means that our students have the ability to directly enter the workplace, technical college, or university after graduation with a head start in credits and experience. Additionally, I gave testimony in Madison before the Committee on Education in support of recognizing digital learning time as counting toward state requirements for continuity of education, helping our district to be prepared and ready for transitioning to the digital platform during times of school closure such as during the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis.
In the Fox Cities, we have one of the best technical colleges in the country, as well as close access to world-class post-secondary learning institutions like UW Oshkosh, UW Green Bay, and St. Norbert. As a Neenah school board member, I have worked to deepen these relationships with our district on behalf of our students and will continue to do so in Madison. I’m committed to growing this initiative and making sure all students in Wisconsin have access to a high quality education to prepare them for a successful future.