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1350 North Parker Drive
Janesville, WI 53545

(608) 290-0468

TAGOS Staff

 

Stephanie Davis,

Dean of Students / English

Stephanie Davis has a BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2005), a BS in English Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2008), a Master's of Education-Professional Development through the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (2011), and a Master’s of Education-Cultural Foundations of Education with a focus on at-risk students and alternative education from UW-Milwaukee (2013).  She started with the School District of Janesville during the 2008-2009 school year teaching 9th and 10th grade English at Craig High School. Stephanie came to TAGOS during the fall of 2009 as an advisor/teacher. Stephanie’s transition from a traditional school to a teacher led school is one of many stories in the bookTrusting Teachers with School Success: What Happens When Teachers Call the Shots? Stephanie is currently working with the authors of the book and the Center for Teaching Quality to develop resources for teacher-led schools. 

 

Stephanie believes building relationships with students is essential to their success and enjoys the “family-like” atmosphere of her advisory.  She is responsible for the English Curriculum, Research Skills Development, Academic Planning & Advising, Assessment, Experience Days, Art, Fundraising, Social Media, and Library Resources at TAGOS.


Contact Via Phone:  608.289.0293
Contact Via Email:   sldavis@janesville.k12.wi.us
Google Classroom:  TBA

   
 

Kim Helgestad,

Advisor / Social Studies

Kim accepted the position of advisor and math teacher at TAGOS during the Summer of 2016.  Kim has a Bachelor of Science in Education from UW-Whitewater and is certified in Social Studies and Alternative Education. Kim completed her student teaching at TAGOS and is very familiar with project based learning. She has been an alternative education teacher at Rock River Charter School since 2013. Kim is committed to building positive relationships with students and teaching them the skills they will need to be successful later in life. Her knowledge of creating trauma-sensitive schools, her background in project based learning, and her passion for individualized education make Kim an ideal advisor for our school.

Contact Via Phone:  608.751.0389
Contact Via Email:   khelgestad@janesville.k12.wi.us
Google Classroom:  TBA

   
 

 

Eric Skrzypchak,

Advisor / Math

Eric accepted the position of advisor and math teacher at TAGOS during the Summer of 2015.  Prior to his work at TAGOS, Eric worked as a Parker High School math teacher since 2001 following his graduation from UW-Madison with a B.S. in Secondary Mathematics grades 9-12.  In 2003, he earned his Master's degree from UW-Whitewater in Curriculum and Instruction with a Technology Emphasis.  Eric also works at UW-Rock County with math ACT prep.  He has co-taught SmartBoard training courses in the disrict and collaborated with colleagues in the district on math curriculum.  He has 15 years of coaching experience at Parker and the community.

Contact Via Phone:  608.751.0389
Contact Via Email:   eskrzypchak@janesville.k12.wi.us
Google Classroom:  TBA

   
 

Marianne McGuire,

Special Education

Marianne graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2000 with a degree in Special Education. That same year, she started teaching at Marshall Middle School in its Special Education-Intellectual Disabilities program. In 2002, she began working in the Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities program. During the 2005-06 school year, she co-taught in the school district’s Alternative Program (AL-PRO). In 2009, she received a Master's Degree in Special Education. Marianne’s background in differentiated instruction, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) management and student assessment has prepared her to work with children who have a wide range of abilities and interests.

Marianne believes in helping students develop the knowledge and skills they need to be successful contributing members of their community.  Her view is that educational programs should reflect students' individual needs while teaching them to embrace their passions and unique qualities.  Marianne strives to help students become responsible and confident problem solvers.  She is passionate about teaching students to develop intrinsic motivation by encouraging them to pursue projects that reflect who they are as learners.  Marianne is responsible for the special education services at TAGOS.

Contact Via Phone:  608.290.0468
Contact Via Email:   mmcguire@janesville.k12.wi.us
Google Classroom:  TBA

   
 Val Maxon, Educator Assistant

Val Maxon,

TAGOS Administrative Assistant

Val Maxon is the Administrative and Educational Support at TAGOS. Val has certification in Early Childhood Education and licensure in Pre-school Administration from Blackhawk Technical College.  In addition to this, Val has attended numerous conferences and trainings that support project based learning. Val has been with the School District of Janesville for 16 years and during that time she gained experience working with the emotional behavioral disability program at Jefferson and Marshall. Val is a co-founder of TAGOS Leadership Academy and has dedicated much of her time to the charter school movement. At TAGOS, Val is responsible for Skyward Educator Access Management, attendance, maintaining student files, registering/transferring students, assisting the Dean of Students and advisors, reporting to the Superintendent, and she takes care of anything else that needs to be done. Val is more than a secretary; she is a vital part of maintaining our school.

Contact Via Phone:  608.290.0468
Contact Via Email:   vmaxon@janesville.k12.wi.us

   
 

Melissa Aegerter,

TAGOS Educational Support

Melissa is a Janesville native and graduate from Parker High School.  She spent two years attending Blackhawk Technical College and graduated in 1994 with a technical college degree.  Melissa has worked for the School District of Janesville for many years, with the exception of time off to raise her family.  Once her children were settled into school she decided to return to the School District of Janesville to do exactly what she loves, working with students.  In December of 2014 she was hired by the staff at TAGOS and works directly with each student helping them with every aspect of their educational journey.  Melissa enjoys building relationships with each student.  It is her belief that each and every one of the TAGOS students is amazing and possess talents which can be revealed through their project work.  Melissa looks forward to many many more years at TAGOS so she can continue to work with the exceptional students and staff of TAGOS


Contact Via Phone:  608.290.0468
Contact Via Email:   maegerter@janesville.k12.wi.us

 

   
 

Marilyn Henrich,

Charter School Student Services Specialist for Students with Disabilities
Licenced School Social Worker

Marilyn has an undergraduate degree in Social Work (BSW) from UW Eau Claire and a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) from UW Madison. Marilyn joined the Janesville School district in 2014. Prior to that she worked in a number of other districts in a variety of capacities. Before earning her Master's degree she spent many years as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse counselor working with adolescents and their families.

 
Marilyn works diligently to help students and their families reduce barriers that impede their ability to achieve success. She works in all of the charter schools assisting students who qualify for special education services and their families. Marilyn also helps students and  their families locate economic, medical, and mental health services. She provides crisis intervention services on an as needed basis. She provides social and emotional support through individual and group sessions. She also helps coordinate Bags of Hope, YRBS, attends high school networking meetings and is a member of a number of committees.

Contact Via Phone:  608.743.7404
Contact Via Email:   mhenrich@janesville.k12.wi.us

   
 

Heidi McGraw,

TAGOS Student Service Specialist for Career and College Readiness

Heidi McGraw is a Student Services Specialist for all the School District of Janesville Charter Schools.  She received her Bachelor degree in Psychology from Beloit College.  She worked as an In-Home Family therapist for Rock County Community Corrections, a Social Worker for Walworth County Human Services and coached many different sports.  She returned to school at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and received her Master degree in Counseling with School Emphasis.  She has worked at various schools from Kindergarten to 12th Grade.  Heidi is very happy to be back in the School District of Janesville, having spent 2 1/2 years at Parker High School previously.  She is passionate that every student can become successful, life long learners...and is eager to help the students realize their full potential!  Heidi meeds individually and in groups with students.  Her emphasis at TAGOS is to help students find the "right place" after graduation.

When not working, Mrs. McGraw enjoys spending time outside in the warm weather...swimming, paddle boarding, hiking, and growing all sorts of plants!  She had recently taken up snow shoeing for winter exercise.  When not work or playing outside she enjoys spending as much time with her family and friends...which is never enough!

Contact Via Phone:  608.290.0468
Contact Via Email:   hmcgraw@janesville.k12.wi.us

   

Dr. Kim Ehrhardt,

TAGOS Principal

Dr. Kim Ehrhardt is currently the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the School District of Janesville. Previously, Dr. Ehrhardt has taught music and social studies at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He was a building principal for over twenty-five years. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, earning a Master’s of Educational Administration in 1981, an Educational Specialist Degree in 1989, and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology in 1995. Dr. Ehrhardt also serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Education and Site Coordinator for the Master’s in Educational Leadership program. Dr. Ehrhardt received the Wisconsin C.A.S.E. Award in 1990 by the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Education in recognition of exemplary service on behalf of exceptional children. In 1995, the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA) recognized Ehrhardt as part of their Principal and Educational Services Administrators Recognition Program, and in 2003 and 2010, the School District of Janesville named Dr. Ehrhardt the Administrator of the Year. His research interests include implementing change in the school setting through Professional Learning Communities, current trends in effective supervision and instruction, and infusing 21st century skills from standards all the way to the classroom.  Dr. Ehrhardt was named the principal of TAGOS Leadership Academy prior to the 2012-2013 school year.

   
 

Dr. Karen Schulte,

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Schulte was named the Superintendent of Schools for the School District of Janesville in April of 2009 after previously serving the district as Director of Student Services. She received her Masters Degree in Education: Special Education from Drake University in 1987. She was a special education teacher for 12 years, working with students with behavior disorders, learning disabilities and cognitive disabilities. Dr. Schulte was Assistant Principal of Marshall Middle School for two years and Principal at Beloit Turner Middle School where she was also ATODA Coordinator and Free and Reduced Lunch Coordinator. In addition, she is Consulting Editor of Proceedings (Journal of the International Association of Special Educators). Dr. Schulte completed her Doctorate degree in 2007 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

 

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