|Updated February 2013|
Middle School Spanish teacher Todd Schlenker was named treasurer-elect of the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers in February 2013.
Upper School English teacher and Global Studies Program Director Elaine Griffin's article on the cultural enrichment of travel for teachers has been published online by Education Next, a journal jointly published by Harvard and Stanford. The article will appear in the hardcopy version of the magazine in late-August 2012.
Griffin has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study in England in the summer of 2012. The focus of the seminar is Chaucer and the medieval period and will take place in London, with weekend lectures in Canterbury and Oxford.
Griffin was a contributor to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Travel section in the February 26 edition of the paper. Reflecting on her travels to Mexico, she wrote an informative article about experiencing "Mexico itself," as she puts it, including tips on food, attractions, shopping, and more. Click here to read Griffin's piece.
Middle School Music teacher Miriam Altman's lesson plan on choral literature and pedagogy was featured in the recently published book "Just Good Teaching: Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) in Theory and Practice." The book will be used by secondary music education method classes around the country, and has endorsements from professors at West Virginia University, Oberlin College, and Northwestern University, among others.
Middle School librarian Francine Eppelsheimer has been awarded a full Career Teacher Fellowship from the Foundation for International Education that will take her to the Oxford Teaching Seminar in England this July. The seminar, held at Mansfield College, includes study groups focused on libraries and literature.
Middle and Upper School band teacher Dain Shuler received the Civic Music Association's Certificate of Excellence in Instrumental Music Instruction at an awards ceremony May 2. He will also be honored by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at their Salute to Educator's Night at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, June 2.
Cristina de Vizcarrondo and Susan Zarwell
Vizcarrondo, Upper School Spanish teacher, and Zarwell, Director of College Guidance/US English teacher assist at-risk MPS students. For five Sunday afternoons this spring, Operation Dream tutoring project representatives have been bringing academically motivated boys in their program to USM to work with our students. Operation Dream is a non-profit providing out-of-school programming for at-risk boys ages 4-17 in the MPS system.
Upper School Chinese teacher Haiyun Lu was invited to the National Chinese Language Conference on "Think Innovatively, Engage Effortlessly and Connect Globally via Effective Web Tools" in April.
Haiyun Lu, Holly Morse, and Renee Weber
Upper School teachers Haiyun Lu, Holly Morse, and Renee Weber presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages March 9 about making authentic cultural connections in the target language.
Congratulations to Chuck Taft, Middle School eighth-grade history teacher and MS History Department Chair, who was named the Wisconsin Council of Social Studies Middle School Distinguished Teacher of the Year. Taft is one of three teachers in the state (other winners are for elementary and high school) recognized for an outstanding contribution to the subject of social studies.
Ellen Shuler was selected to sing for the President during his visit to Master Lock in Milwaukee on February 15. She was featured on the School Zone section of JSOnline and you can watch her performance here.
Cristina de Vizcarrondo
She was hired by the College Board to write questions for the SAT II in February.
In 2011, Upper School English teacher and Global Studies Program director Elaine Griffin was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Mexico. The program took 16 teachers from across the country to nine different states in Mexico over a five-week period.
USM is proud to congratulate Middle School Spanish Teacher and Lower School and Middle School World Language Chair Todd Schlenker on becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. Schlenker received his certification on November 20, 2011, after completing a demanding and rigorous process, which included taking a three and a half hour test and designing a comprehensive portfolio.
Forti was named by The National Strength and Conditioning Association a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach Emeritus which honors coaches who exhibit the highest levels of experience, education, and achievement in their profession.