Welcome Fall 2013 Bloggers

It’s a new school year, and we’re excited to welcome a new crop of bloggers to the fold for Fall 2013. Some faces probably look familiar to you, but others are brand new.  We have representation from education, counseling, alumni, current students, teachers, administrators, and student affairs professionals. So, there will be plenty to read, no matter who you are and what type of content you’re seeking.

We’re hoping you’re as excited as we are to see what they have to say!

Sabrina Bong is a middle school counselor for the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District. She graduated from Marquette this past May with her Master’s in School Counseling. She also received her bachelor’s degrees in Broadcasting and Psychology from Marquette. As a result of spending so much time at MU, Sabrina has become an avid fan of the Golden Eagles and enjoys watching their games. When she is not blogging, Sabrina can be found swing dancing, cheering on the Packers and Brewers, reading, or cooking.


Jess Burkard is currently a student teacher in a 3rd grade class at the Milwaukee Academy of Accelerated Learning. A return blogger for Marquette’s College of Education, she previously wrote about her time as an abroad student in South Africa, and this semester looks forward to sharing anecdotes about her student teaching experiences.  When she is not spending the majority of her time in the classroom, she enjoys painting, cooking, and watching reruns of The Office.

Claudia Felske graduated from Marquette with a bachelor of arts degree in Writing Intensive English. She earned her teaching certificate and a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A 2011 High School Teacher of the Year, Nationally Board Certified Teacher, and published author, Felske teaches grades 9-12 English and serves as the District Technology Integration Specialist for the East Troy Community School District. Read more from Claudia at www.cfelske.com

Gabby_croppedGabrielle Gray is a second year Master’s student in the Educational Policy and Foundation Program. Prior to graduate school, Gabrielle earned her bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in Political Science with a minor in Spanish Literature and Language. As a graduate student, Gabrielle completed an assistantship practicum for Marquette’s Educational Opportunity Program and serves as a social science tutor for the Athletic department. Gabrielle currently teaches high school Spanish at Milwaukee Collegiate Academy and serves as the President of the Alliance for Black School Educators. Her main areas of research interest include urban education and education reform.

McDanielscroppedNick McDaniels graduated from Marquette in 2009 with majors in English and secondary education and a minor in environmental ethics. Nick served as the second president of the College of Education Student Council, and received the Outstanding Secondary Education Student Award in his senior year. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife Amie, and his daughter Charlotte. In 2012, he completed a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision at Johns Hopkins University and he is currently pursuing a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law.


Prior to pursuing his Master’s of Science degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Joel O’Brien taught American history and government while also coaching basketball and golf at a Catholic high school in Iowa. As a graduate student, he completed multiple practicum experiences in career services and academic advising while serving as a graduate assistant within academic support.  Upon finishing graduate school, Joel joined the Marquette University Career Services Center Staff. As a career counselor, he enjoys empowering students with the self-knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to take ownership of their career exploration and job search process, and find meaningful employment.


Matthew Olinski has been a teacher for 11 years, the past 10 at Oak creek High School.

Matt is currently finishing his Master of Education in Educational Administration at Marquette, and will receive his degree May of 2013. On a more personal note, he was recently blessed with is first child, a daughter, born in July.

 DouglasSodercroppedDoug Soder is a senior majoring in Secondary Education and Theatre Arts with a minor in English. Throughout his time at Marquette, Doug has been involved in a variety of Marquette Theatre productions as a performer, director, and stage manager. Doug was nominated for a KCACTF Irene Ryan Award for his portrayal of the twin Dromios in Marquette’s 2013 production of The Comedy of Errors. In the future, Doug hopes to share his passion for the arts with students in the middle and high school levels.

CeciliaCecilia Ware is a junior at Marquette double-majoring in Secondary Education and History with a focus in American History. While at Marquette, she has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of students ranging in age and background while completing her Service Learning at the Milwaukee Christian Center and her first Field Placement at Pius XI High School. In the past, she has worked as a summer camp counselor, a Bible Camp counselor, and a volunteer at a children’s camp with the Lakota Sioux at St. Joseph’s Indian School. This fall she will be completing her Field Placement II.

Peggy_Wuenstel2Peggy Wuenstel received her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders from Marquette University in 1980 and her M.S. in 1982.  She was honored as 2011 Wisconsin Special Services Teacher of the Year.  Peggy has been a pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist in southeastern Wisconsin for 28 years. She has never once gone a year without either providing services in a school or attending classes in another educational institution. “Maybe it is being left handed and having an Rh negative blood type,” she jokes, “but I have consistently been drawn to serve the outliers in our world –  those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Visual Impairment, or Communication challenges, and finding ways to connect.”

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