Meet Our Awesome Spring Bloggers

happy-new-year-bannerAs we kick off another great year here at the Marquette Educator (our 6th!), we’re pleased to introduce our latest round of bloggers, who will be sharing their stories with us over the next five months.

As usual, some faces may look familiar to you, but others are brand new. This semester, we have writers who are teachers, students and school counselors.  Some are students, others are Marquette alums or members of the community.

In any case — there will be plenty to read, no matter who you are and what type of content you’re seeking.

So, be sure to stay tuned!  And sign up for our email digest (sent once a week) so you won’t miss a post!

SabrinaBongSabrina (Bong) Bartels is a middle school counselor for the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District. She graduated from Marquette 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.  Read Sabrina’s past posts.
ShannonBentleyCroppedShannon Bentley, a Milwaukee native and senior at Marquette, will receive her Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education and English this spring after completing student teaching at Alexander Hamilton High School. During her time at Marquette, she has worked diligently in various settings with youth in the Milwaukee Public School district. She has also studied abroad in Morocco in 2012 to study the culture of Islam. When Shannon is not working or studying, she enjoys writing poetry, music, and hanging out with her friends.
 Laura-Sumner-Coon-(2)A growing urge to help shape the world around her rather than observe it nudged Laura Sumner Coon to leave journalism and to explore other work that would be more spiritually fulfilling. She worked with the Racine Dominicans as Communication and Development Director, where her passion for social justice blossomed, eventually leading her to education, specifically quality education for children in poverty. Laura helped create and leads SOAR of Racine, a charitable nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate the academic achievement gap among children from low-income families. In order to be more effective in this role, Laura is seeking a Ph.D. in Marquette’s educational policy & leadership program. She has a master of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in nonprofit management and leadership, a master of art degree from St. Francis Seminary in pastoral studies and a bachelor of arts degree from UWM in mass communication-journalism. She has two grown children and a grandchild, who bring great joy to life.
MaureenCummings_CroppedMaureen Cummings is a sophomore in the Marquette College of Education, pursuing her degree in Secondary Education and English. Maureen has always loved to talk, which translated nicely into a love of writing. At an early age, she was taught to write what is familiar. Since then, Maureen has gone out of her way filling the familiar with stories worth reading. Her job experiences range from saving lives to selling knives, but she looks forward to eventually leading her future classroom to a love of literature. Maureen is excited to share a unique perspective on education as she ventures through this transitional period from student to teacher.
 Felske_2012croppedClaudia 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 Claudia’s past posts or follow her at
 TaylorGallCroppedTaylor Gall is a junior studying Secondary Education and English. She spent part of her summer studying in Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as Iceland, where she learned a lot and read every book she possibly could. She has always had a passion for reading and writing, and has had several poems published in various university publications, as well as a few online journals. When she isn’t reading, writing, or teaching, she’s drinking coffee or maybe hanging out with her dog.
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. Read Nick’s past posts.
Murtha_AubreyA Milwaukee native, Aubrey Murtha is an ambitious freshman in the Marquette College of Education majoring in secondary education and writing intensive English with plans to pursue a Spanish minor.  Although she admits that her teaching experiences likely pale in comparison to those of her blogging contemporaries, her service work in both the public and private sectors of Milwaukee’s urban school system illustrate her blooming passion for educating.  She credits the incredible faculty at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School with inspiring her to pursue a degree in secondary education and helping her discover her knack for writing.  When she is not scrambling to complete her schoolwork, Aubrey enjoys performing renditions of Eminem rap ballads for her friends, watching Jack Black (her second teaching inspiration) in School of Rock, and dabbling in the visual arts. Read Aubrey’s past posts.
AmandaSzramiakAmanda Szramiak is currently a senior at Marquette with intentions to graduate in the fall of 2016. She is majoring in secondary education and English, along with a minor in family studies. When she’s not in school, Amanda enjoys spending time at home with her family in Chicago. Amanda bowled competitively in high school, and still loves to bowl in her free time. She also loves watching hockey, crafting, painting, and decorating. Read Amanda’s past posts.
Peggy_Wuenstel2Peggy Wuenstel received her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders from Marquette University in 1980 and her M.S. in 1982.  In 2011, she received honors as Wisconsin Special Services Teacher of the Year.  After 30 years as a practicing speech/language pathologist, Peggy recently completed the requirements for a reading teacher license. Her job this year as a reading interventionist is both new and old. Working with the same wonderful staff, students, and families, her focus has shifted from verbal communication to literacy skills as a reading interventionist in her district’s new enhanced literacy support program. As she often reminds herself: “You can teach an old teacher a few new skills.”  Read Peggy’s past posts

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