adnams_charlotteCharlotte Adnams is a senior in the College of Education, studying Elementary/Middle School Education and English Language Arts. She is originally from Orange County, California, but now calls Milwaukee a friendly, and sometimes freezing, home away from home. Her passion for education and working with students is something she looks forward to growing in at her last year at Marquette. You can find Charlotte’s original blog posts on the College of Education’s Medium page or read them here.

Sabrina (BoSabrinaBongng) 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 posts.

268596_792429737494_49659_nElizabeth Jorgensen graduated from Marquette in 2005 with Journalism and Education degrees. After working at Arrowhead Union High School (teaching Creative Writing, Journalism, Composition and Advanced Composition), she returned to receive English certification. In 2009, Jorgensen received her master’s degree (in Teaching and Learning) from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Jorgensen also currently teaches at Carroll University in the Pre-College Program.

Named the 2015 Arrowhead Teacher of the Year, Jorgensen’s teaching was featured by the Sejong Cultural Society, in collaboration with the Korea Institute at Harvard University, as an exemplar model for teaching poetry. Every year, Jorgensen’s students are awarded publication, accolades and recognition. Hundreds of Jorgensen’s students have been published (at the local, state and national level). Currently, Jorgensen advises the AHS school newspaper and literary magazine.

Fun facts:
• Elizabeth’s sister Gwen won the gold medal in the triathlon in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
• Elizabeth plays violin in the Lake Country Orchestra.
• Elizabeth is passionate about publishing student work and having students to write for authentic purposes.

Read Elizabeth’s posts here.

IMG_0310Dhanya Nair is a second year graduate student in the clinical mental health counseling program at Marquette. Born and raised in Ahmedabad, a city in the western Indian state of Gujarat, she moved to Wisconsin in 2012. She can now proudly boast enduring three Wisconsin winters (having managed to escape one); needless to say, summer is her favorite time of the year in Milwaukee (the bright blue waters of Lake Michigan are so enticing!). Dhanya’s professional goals include research, practicing as a clinician, and teaching. When she is not slaving over assignments, she likes reading, watching movies and Netflix shows, cooking and travelling with her husband. Read Dhanya’s posts.

img_5440Stephanie Nicoletti graduated from Marquette with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. She has been teaching first and second grade at Lakewood Elementary in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. Stephanie is also receiving her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. She is very passionate about education and is excited to share on various topics-building relationships, curriculum, school culture, and just every day experiences in a first grade classroom. In her free time she loves to run long distances, read a good book (professional or entertaining books), and participate in her professional learning network on Twitter. Follow her on Twitter to continue the conversation! Read Stephanie’s posts.

Waychunas Head ShotOriginally hailing from Elmhurst, Illinois, Bill Waychunas received his Bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in History and Secondary Education in 2009. Upon graduation, he moved to Las Vegas where he spent time teaching middle school social studies. In 2013, he moved back to Chicago to help open a new Noble Network Charter School, Baker College Prep, which serves a low-income community on Chicago’s south side. This past year, Bill was honored with the Living the Mission Award from the Marquette College of Education. He currently teaches 9th grade civics and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in the teaching of history at University of Illinois-Chicago. Read Bill’s posts.

Nick RochaNick Rocha is a graduate student in the Educational Policy and Foundations Master’s degree program at Marquette University.  Originally from Michigan, he completed his Bachelor degree at Aquinas College with a focus on Community Leadership and Sociology.  Prior to coming to Marquette, he was an AmeriCorps member with College Possible Milwaukee and assisted low-income and underrepresented students into and through college.  In his spare time he enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and volunteering for various not-for-profit organizations around Milwaukee. Read Nick’s posts.

 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 2010-2011 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 posts or follow her at

nick_mcdanielsNick 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 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 Posts.

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