WAMLE is excited to welcome three new members to our board!
Maggie McHugh is a Teacher/Advisor at La Crosse Design Institute, a project-based charter middle school for the School District of La Crosse. During that time, she has guided 6th, 7th, and 8th graders as a STEM and Humanities educator as well as personal project advisor. Additionally, she has taught a course for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in middle level pedagogy. Maggie finds working with pre-service educators to instill a passion for teaching middle level learners rewarding. Maggie is excited to bring a fresh perspective based on passion and energy for teaching middle level learners to WAMLE.
Lisa Koenecke is a Professor at Lakeland University. She was honored to serve as a middle school counselor for Seven years at River Bluff Middle School in Stoughton. She loved her time as a middle school counselor and stayed at that level even when asked to move back to the high school. She has expertise in social emotional learning skills, career goals, academic planning and serving marginalized populations especially those identifying as LGBTQ+.
Eugene Pitchford is an Assistant Professor at Concordia University-Wisconsin. He is passionate about helping educators become equipped to meet the challenging demands of being successful. His personal teaching experiences revolved around teaching middle school in an urban public school environment. As a school administrator of K-8 schools, he based his success on how well middle students achieved throughout the school year. As a professor, he has organically connected with students that want to become middle school teachers. He is an expert in middle school education, public education, and urban education and is driven to help all educators understand the power of having mentors.
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