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University of Wisconsin System Teacher Quality Initiative

Wisconsin's Grassroots
Teacher Quality Assessment (TQA) Model:
Large Scale Assessment of Math and Science Content Knowledge in Student Teaching

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TQA Project Student Teaching Assessment Research Teams (STAR Teams)

Year 2007-10 STAR I Teams (Cohort I)

Alverno College

Campus Coordinator:
Susan Pustejovsky, Ph.D., Math Professor

  • Leona Truchan, Biology Professor
  • Rita Nawrocki-Chabin, Education Professor
  • Nancy Jelen, Dean of the School of Education
  • Kathy Lake, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Valerie Sauve, Mathematics Teacher Leader and Mathematics Department Chair, Rufus King HS, Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Kelly Llanas, Middle School Mathematics Teacher and Technology Resource Teacher, Washington Middle School, Kenosha Public Schools
  • Dacy Jirovetz, Science Teacher, Notre Dame Middle School, Milwaukee Wisconsin
  • Rebecca Fredrickson, Science Teacher, Greendale HS, Greendale WI
  • Chris Young, Associate professor of Biology, Alverno College
  • Kristi Koshuta, Instructor and Student Teacher Supervisor, Mathematics Department, Alverno College

Marian University

Campus Coordinator:
Kathy McCord, Teacher Education, School of Education

  • Christine Erickson, Department of Teacher Education, School of Education
  • Dr. Susan Bornstein-Forst, Professor of Biology, Division of Math and Natural Sciences
  • Deborah Watry, Chair, Teacher Education
  • Susan Zacherl, Director of Clinical and Field Experiences


Campus Coordinator:
Peter Hewson, Ph.D., Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education

  • Bryn Jaastad, TA/Supervisor, Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Math Education
  • Eric Knuth, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics Education
  • Jennifer Kuehl, Mathematics Department, Verona Area High School, math teacher
  • Gordon Perkins, Science Department Head, Memorial High School, Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Doug Larkin, graduate student, mathematics education
  • Genevieve McIntosh, project assistant


Campus Coordinator:
Mike Beeth. Ph.D., Associate Dean, EXCEL Center Director

  • John Beam, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mathematics
  • Penny Buckley, Ad Hoc Instructor
  • Gerald Fast, Professor, Math Education
  • Scott Hertting, High School Science-Physics, Neenah Joint School District
  • Eric Kuennen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Tammy Ladwig, Ph.D., Assistant Professor-Psychology, UW Fox Valley
  • Michael Lizotte, Ph.D., Director/Instructor, UW Oshkosh Aquatic Studies Center
  • Jeff Martis, Middle School Science Teacher, Neenah Joint School District
  • William Mode, Ph.D., Professor, Geology
  • Jennifer Szydlik, Ph. D., Professor, Mathematics
  • Julie Dumke, Oshkosh Schools, Curriculum, Mentor Teacher
  • Mark Lattery, Ph.D., Professor, Physics and Astronomy


Campus Coordinator:
Craig Berg, Ph.D., Science Education, School of Education

STAR Team, Science

  • Dr. Craig Berg, Science Education, School of Education
  • Dr. Ray Scolavino, Science Education, School of Education
  • Kathleen Westrich, Science Teacher, James Madison Academic Campus, Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Michael Felske, Science Teacher, Nathan Hale High School, West Allis
  • Greg Bisbee, Science Teacher, Arrowhead High School

STAR Team, Math

  • Henry Kepner, Ph.D., Math Education, School of Education
  • Kevin Mcleod, Ph.D., Mathematics, School of Letters and Sciences
  • Pat Hopfensperger, Mathematics Coordinator, Holmestead High School


Campus Coordinator:
Shi Hae Kim, Ph.D.,Assistant Professor (TEDU), Mathematics Education

  • Thomas Fournelle, Ph.D., Professor, Mathematics,
  • Gary Wood, Ph.D., Professor, Chemistry
  • Beau Bosovich, University supervisor
  • Linda Crafton, Ph.D., faculty, teacher education
  • Carol Anderson, University Supervisor
  • Moreen Carvan, Ed.D, science coordinator and supervisor
  • Sue Bearrows, High school math teacher
  • Mary Beth Zhulke
  • Geri Santarelli, Kenosha Unified School District, Math Curriculum and Instructional Services
  • Helen Rose, Kenosha Unified School District, high school math teacher


Campus Coordinator:
Patricia Casey, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Communication Science and Disorders


  • Virginia Pease, Assistant Professor-Mathematics Education, College of Education
  • Sue Kidd, Math Education Lecturer, College of Education
  • Tamas Szabo, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
  • Angela Harlan, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Lee Purdy, Cooperating Teacher, Mukwonago High School
  • Jeff Thompson, Cooperating Teacher, Menomonee Falls High School
  • Jennifer Furmann, Cooperating Teacher, Menomonee Falls High School


  • Liesl Hohenshell, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary Science)
  • Virginia Epps, Emerita Professor, College of Education
  • Hepzibah Kumpaty, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Michael Woller, Professor, Department of Biology
  • Shelly Learned, Cooperating Teacher-Biology, Janesville Craig High School
  • Steven Lewis, Cooperating Teache-Chemistry, Kettle Moraine High School
  • Dave Falkavage, Cooperating Teacher-Chemistry, Milton High School

Year 2008-10 STAR II Teams (Cohort II)

Carroll University

Campus Coordinator:
Katherine Kramer, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Education

  • Kimberly Hofkamp, Assistant Professor of Education
  • Kristen Lampe, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Chris Kuster, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Jason Freund, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
  • Tom Katte, K-12 Mathematics, School District of Waukesha
  • Joe Smogor, K-12 Science, School District of Waukesha
  • Miriam Clifford, Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
  • Marion Schraufnagel, 9-12 Science, Mukwonago School District
  • Jan Martin, University Supervisor, Mathematics

Northland College

Campus Coordinator:
Annette Nelson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of Teacher Education

  • Wendy Gorman, Professor-Biology, Natural Science Department
  • Anne Letko, Ashland Middle School Mathematics
  • Rick Morrison, Washburn Middle School Science

UW-Eau Claire

Campus Coordinators:
Erik Hendrickson, Ph.D., Co-Chair and primary contact, Department of Physics and Astronomy

  • Bob Hollon, Curriculum & Instruction Department
  • Mickey Kolis, Curriculum & Instruction Department
  • Mitch Freymiller, Biology Department
  • Sherrie Serros Mathematics Department
  • Diane (Kate) Masarik, Mathematics Department
  • Todd Lenz, Altoona High School, Science
  • Erik Kampa, Altoona High School, Science

UW-Green Bay

Campus Coordinator:
Scott Ashmannn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Education

  • Harlan Shupita, Lecturer, Math Education
  • Theresa Adsit, Lecturer, Mathematics
  • Michael Zorn, Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Tony Kiszonas, Southern Door High School, Science
  • Ron Wallberg, Green Bay West High School, Mathematics
  • Mary Conard, De Pere Middle School, Science

UW-La Crosse

Campus Coordinator:
Jon Hasenbank, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mathematics

  • Tim Gerber, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Jennifer Kosiak, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Rhett Hansen, Biology, Onalaska High School
  • Kristen Tschumer, Biology, Onalaska High School

UW-Stevens Point

Campus Coordinator:
Perry Cook, Ph.D., Professor, School of Education

  • Meredith Seiler, Assistant Professor, science education
  • Mike Simmers, Assistant Professor, mathematics education
  • Pat Marinac, Director of Field Experiences


Campus Coordinator:
Kevin Mason, Ph.D., Science Education Faculty

  • Jackie Weissenburger- Director of the School of Education
  • Dennis Weibel - Retired Elementary Teacher and Environmental Educator
  • Angela Krause-Kuchta - Menomonie High School Science Teacher
  • Forrest Schultz - Chemistry Professor and Department Chair
  • Nelu Ghenciu - Math Professor

Year 2009-10 STAR III Teams (Cohort III)


Campus Coordinator:

Allison Bunte, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts and Education

UW-River Falls

Campus Coordinator:
Erick Hofacker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics

  • Kathryn Ernie, Professor of Mathematics
  • Julian Bender, Math Supervisor
  • Roger Bucholz, Science Supervisor
  • Mary Rumpel - High School Math Teacher, Ellsworth High School


Campus Coordinator:
Terri Kronzer, J.D., Chair, Educational Leadership

Michelle Vinoski

Silver Lake College

Campus Coordinator:
Sister Lorita Gaffney, Associate Professor, Biology

  • Sister Margaret Ann Wallander, Assoc. Professor of Earth and Physical Sciences; Director of the Secondary Teacher Education Team

  • Robert Schmalzreid, Instructor of Mathematics Silver Lake College
  • Christopher (Kit) Duebler, Department Chair of Mathematics at Washington and Wilson Junior High Schools, and Lincoln High School, Manitowoc Public Schools; adjunct professor of Mathematics Silver Lake College
  • Ellen Reinertson, Biology Teacher at Lincoln High School, Manitowoc Public Schools

Mount Mary College

Campus Coordinator:
Debra Dosemagen, Ph.D, Chair, Education/Mathematics

  • Cindy Keller, Director of Teacher Education
  • Roxane Back, Assistant Professor, Mathematics; Chair, Mathematics Department
  • Lynn Diener, Assistant Professor, Biology
  • Lynn Grimm, Menomonee Falls North Middle School, 7th Grade Mathematics; Adjunct Mount Mary Instructor, Elementary Math Methods
  • Susan Reidy, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Biology/Chemistry; Adjunct Mount Mary Instructor, Secondary Science Methods

Edgewood College

Campus Coordinator:
Jane Belmore, Ph.D, Dean

  • Amy Schiebel, Edgewood Science Faculty
  • Karen Thomas, Edgewood Math Faculty
  • Linda Janousek, Edgewood Science Faculty
  • Danielle Larson, Edgewood Biology Student
  • Hope Mickelson, Science teacher, Verona High School
  • Rachel Sauer, Edgewood Math Advisor
  • John Rush, Edgewood Math Student
  • Devon Statz, Math Teacher, McFarland High School
  • Pat Delmore, Edgewood Faculty, Secondary Education
  • Katie Leary, Edgewood Science Student
  • Kathy Mesmer, Science Teacher, Jack Young Middle School, Baraboo
  • Peggy Glynn, Edgewood Supervisor
  • Mark Helscher, Edgewood Science Student
  • Dan Toomey, Science Teacher, Edgewood High School








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