Jonathan serves as an advisor and Dean of Students at TAGOS Leadership Academy. He has been a special education teacher for seventeen years before beginning his journey with the opening of TAGOS Leadership Academy in Janesville, WI in 2007. Jonathan has spent the past seven years embracing Project Based Learning, while building relationships with the awesome students at TAGOS Leadership Academy. Jonathan believes that building relationships is essential to helping students move to their next level of achievement. Project Based Learning became part of his personal teaching philosophy while in traditional school and now he is using it in the charter school. Jonathan is proud to be a part of educational reform and the charter movement in Wisconsin and would like to see Project Based Learning as part of traditional school course offerings. Jonathan received his Bachelors’ Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. He received his Masters degree from Cardinal Stritch University in Educational Leadership. Jonathan is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Innovative Schools Network, A grassroots network of educators creating and nurturing innovative schools by supporting each other in developing high quality, research based resources and strategies for both educators and students. He believes in supporting the development of innovative schools. Sustaining and growing innovation through a statewide network dedicated to continuous improvement. Educators collaborating and changing to better serve students.
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Nic has an Undergraduate Degree in Business Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During his first eight years as an educator he served the School District of Janesville and its students as an elementary keyboarding teacher (2000-2001) and then as a technology integration specialist/computers teacher at Franklin and Edison Middle Schools. Nic began working at TAGOS Leadership Academy during the Fall of 2008 as an advisor/teacher. He is responsible for Business & Social Studies Curriculum, Project Foundry Administration, Web Page Maintenance and the ALEKS Program. Nic has a strong desire to learn and a passion to share that love of learning with his students. He looks forward to his fifth year at TAGOS, building relationships, and making a difference in the lives of the students he works with on a daily basis through providing them choice and voice in their education.
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Stephanie Davis has a BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a BS in English Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and a Master's of Education-Professional Development through the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Currently she is earning a Master’s degree through UW-Milwaukee in Cultural Foundations of Education with a focus on at-risk students and alternative education. She started with the district 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 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, Experience Days, WKCE/ACT Testing, Fundraising, and Library Resources at TAGOS.
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Jay has worked in a variety of non-traditional educational settings since entering the teaching profession in 2006. Central to his teaching philosophy is the principal that students should be active participants in shaping their own education. A non-traditional learner himself, Jay recognizes that education is not a one size fits all proposition, and has dedicated his career to working with students to tailor challenging educational experiences that meet specific student needs while building on their strengths. Outside of school, Jay’s other interests include motorcycling/mechanics, fly fishing and international affairs. He is a native of Milwaukee and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
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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.
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Janie Sutherland has a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a MS in Counselor Education-School Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Janie began her career as a counselor with the Janesville School District at Marshall Middle School in 2003 and transferred to Parker High School in 2005. In 2011, Janie also joined the TAGOS Leadership Academy. Janie currently counsels at Parker High School and TAGOS Leadership Academy. Janie is passionate about learning and sharing that with students to empower them to be the best they can be personally, socially and academically. One of Janie’s greatest joys is watching students spread their wings and fly! Outside of school, Janie enjoys cooking, reading, photography and traveling.
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Vicki Loos is the Aide at TAGOS Leadership Academy. Vicki earned her Associate’s Degree from Blackhawk Technical College in Early Childhood in 2006. She is currently working toward a degree in Criminal Justice/Social Work and hopes to be a social worker in the future. Vicki spent 5 years working in a Janesville daycare. She began working for the School District of Janesville as a substitute teacher’s aide in 2008 and joined the TAGOS staff in the fall of the 2010-2011 school year. Vicki is a single mom with two grown boys, ages 26 and 24. She also has two dogs, Maxx and Buddy. In addition to TAGOS, Vicki also holds another job.
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. 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.