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Wisconsin Teacher Quality

Teacher Leadership Webinar
Participant Biographies

Speaking Participants in alphabetical order:
Pamela Coleman
Terry Knecht Dozier
Maria C. Fenwick
Jeanine Meyer Gelhaus
JoLisa Hoover
Jensi Kellogg-Andrus
Tammie Schrader
Luther J. Sewell, III
Gretchen Weber

Pamela Coleman

Pamela Coleman is the director of the Teacher Education and Licensure division at the Kansas Department of Education in Topeka, Kansas. Teacher Education and Licensure is responsible for the issuance of all levels of educator/leadership licenses for both traditional and restrictive pathways, accrediting teacher education units, and program review for all teacher preparation units across the state.

Coleman holds memberships in INTASC, NTASDC, AACTE, NSDC and NASDTEC. She is also a Board of Examiner for NCATE and participates in on-site visits across the country. Pamela has won numerous honors for her work in the educational arena.

She is currently co-chairing the Teaching in Kansas Commission. Coleman has a comprehensive background in leadership at the school–based level as well as the higher education arena. She has lectured both nationally and internationally and has published several articles on teacher preparation and instructional strategies. Her experiences include grant writing at the national and state level on

Terry Knecht Dozier

Dr. Terry Dozier is the Director of the Center for Teacher Leadership (CTL) at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education where she also serves as National Teacher in Residence and Associate Professor in the School of Education. The Center for Teacher Leadership works with accomplished teachers throughout Virginia and the nation to:

  • promote the concept of teachers as leaders of change;
  • develop effective teacher leaders through access to information and high quality training and;
  • share the knowledge, experience, and insight of teachers with policymakers and others.

Dozier chairs the Metropolitan Educational Training Alliance (META). She serves as principal investigator for the META Teacher Development and Retention Project, a $5.9 million federally funded effort to improve the preparation and retention of teachers in the metro-Richmond area.

Prior to joining VCU, Dozier served as Senior Advisor on Teaching to former U.S. Secretary of Educat ion Riley. In this capacity she served as the Clinton Administration’s top policy advisor on all teaching issues. Dozier also led the Department’s teaching initiative with primary responsibility for the development and implementation of a strategic plan to improve teacher recruitment, preparation, and ongoing professional development, including overall leadership in research, evaluation, and data collection on teacher quality.

Dozier was named 1985 National Teacher of the Year and has nineteen years of classroom teaching experience in settings as diverse as inner-city Miami, suburban South Caroling, and the Singapore American School.

Dozier earned an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina and an M.Ed and a B.A. in social studies from the University of Florida. She serves as an advisor for numerous panels and speaks extensively on issues related to teacher quality and teacher leadership.

Maria C. Fenwick

Maria Fenwick is currently a fourth grade teacher at the R.W. Emerson Elementary School in the Boston Public Schools. In addition to working with students, she is the founder and leader of her school's Data Team and a three-time recipient of a Professional Leadership Opportunity Grant, which allows her to pursue various data analysis projects at her school. Maria participates actively in school policy and management decisions and conducts on-site professional development workshops for other teachers. In 2007, Maria began working with the Teaching Policy Fellows program in Cambridge, MA, which is a working group of sixteen early-career urban teachers who collaborate on projects related to teaching policies on a state and national level. Maria's specific area of interest within that group is attracting high-quality teachers to struggling urban schools.

Prior to teaching, Maria earned a B.A. from Colby College and an Ed.M. in education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her path to teaching was through the Boston Teacher Residency, a district-based certification program, where she earned an elementary and special education certification and an additional master's degree in elementary education.

Jeanine Meyer Gelhaus

Jeanine Gelhaus is a current U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow. She was one of over 1100 candidate applicants for that position. Gelhaus is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in the area of early Adolescent Science and currently teaches both earth and life science to middle level students in rural Medford, WI.

Gelhaus is also an adjunct faculty member, in the Natural Resources Department, for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), and an Honorary Associate for the University of WI-Madison (UW-M), in their Chemical Engineering Department.   As a WI Lead Science Teacher and also a WI Academy of Staff Initiative summer instructor, Gelhaus provides workshops and inservices on a variety of educational topics at the state, national, and international level. As a consultant for the WI Department of Public Instruction, Gelhaus has helped with the creation of the WI State Science Standards Guide, co-authored the environmental education section of the International Educators Guide, and has served on various panels charged with examining topics like chemical safety, integration of space science, and data analysis.

Gelhaus earned a Masters of Science in Natural Resources-Environmental Education (EE). She has combined her love of teaching and travel and has taught educators on every continent, except Antarctica. She has written and has published environmental fact sheets for the WI Department of Natural Resources, has edited a collection of science books on genetics and animal zoology for Macmillian Publishing Co, and has edited curriculum for the United Nations and Green Tree Publishing. She is a teacher consultant for National Geographic Society and co-author of several curriculum projects with NGS. This past February, Gelhaus had her first children’s book published by SRA-McGraw Hill. It is entitled, Breakfast for the Ducklings.

Gelhaus has earned several state and national awards including: 2008 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Education, WI Science Teacher of the Year award, WI Environmental Educator Award, and two National Science Teacher Association awards. She was also awarded a NASA, Fulbright Hayes and Fulbright Memorial fellowships.

JoLisa Hoover

JoLisa Hoover is a U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow. She was selected from over 1100 candidates. After graduating from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, Hoover taught middle school reading and later taught second grade, fourth grade, and was a specialist with at-risk students in Bryan, Texas. She is currently teaching in Leander, Texas, which is close to Austin.

While teaching in Bryan, Hoover earned a masters in Educational Psychology from Texas A & M and a gifted and talented endorsement. She has opened two new elementary campuses. In 1997, she opened Robert C. Neal Elementary in Bryan ISD and in 2007, she opened Granview Hills Elementary in Leander ISD, which is in the process of becoming a Primary Years Program International Baccalaureate School.

At McMurry University, Hoover was a preceptor in the pilot program Servant Leadership that has grown into the McMurry Servant Leadership Alumni Council, and she has been the vice-chair, secretary and chair of this alumni council. Servant leadership has been a thread throughout her career including district leadership positions: grade level chair and district committees on gifted and talented, language arts, technology, science and data. Her students learn servant leadership through classroom service projects such as care packages to soldiers, recycling projects, collecting school supplies for Medico, and donations to animal shelters.

Hoover was selected as the 2005 Houston Regional Winner of HEB Excellence in Education Award, Leadership elementary category and was a KBTX Bright Smiles Class of the Week.

Jensi Kellogg-Andrus

Jensi Kellogg-Andrus is a current Teaching Ambassador Fellow for the U.S. Department of Education. She was one of over 1100 applicants for that position.

Kellogg-Andrus teaches Advanced Placement Biology to students in rural Watertown, South Dakota. In that position she also teaches a new program called Learning Powers in which she teaches AP Biology to students in rural areas of that state who do not have access to an AP teacher. The program utilizes distance education, which is the emphasis of her Educational Technology master’s degree program that she completed in the fall of 2008. She also teaches an Anatomy class at Lake Area Technical Institute to pre-health professionals. As a volunteer technology coach at her school, Kellogg-Andrus teaches staff members about course management systems, student response systems, scientific probes, and Web 2.0 tools such as wikis and blogs. She is also a state technology trainer for districts that have adopted the one-to-one computer program. This fall she received a grant entitled, “Taking Technology to the Next Level” in which she will obtain and integrate the use of technology tools such as HD camcorders, digital microscopes, and headphones with microphones into various projects her students will produce including videos and podcasts.

Kellogg-Andrus was named 2005 South Dakota Teacher of the Year and 2007 South Dakota Outstanding Biology Teacher. Those opportunities gave Kellogg-Andrus the opportunity to spread the message that teachers are doing the most important job in the world and that teachers have the responsibility to help each and every one of our students reach their potential.

Tammie Schrader

Tammie Schrader is a U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow. Schrader was one of 1100 applicants for the 25 possible positions.

Tammie is currently teaching middle school science in Cheney, Washington.
Tammie is a non-traditional instructor who went back to college to major in both biology and education at Eastern Washington University after working for Rockwell International. While working at Rockwell, which is a contractor for NASA, Schrader was a procurement associate and interfaced with purchasing and engineering that supported the shuttle program.

Schrader then went back to get her masters at Gonzaga University in teaching at-risk youth. Within a year of graduating, Schrader was accepted to their doctoral program in order to finish the research she started as a master’s student. She will graduate with a PhD in leadership with a dissertation on science education in 2009. She is also a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and facilitates the national board process for candidates at Gonzaga University.

In addition to teaching, Schrader works on the Washington State Science Assessment Leadership team in order to help work on the state assessment as well as looking at the state standards and reviewing them.

Luther J. Sewell, III

Luther J. Sewell is a U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow. Sewell was selected from a pool of 1100 candidates for this position. Sewell currently opened an all boys’ charter school, called Prestige Academy, in Wilmington, Delaware, and serves as math instructor for this school.

After graduating from Lincoln University, Lincoln University PA with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics, Luther began his teaching career as instructor for at-risk, low-income students with low achievement scores in Brooklyn, NY.   He also earned a Masters of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters of Arts in Public Administration/Urban Planning from Brooklyn College as well.

Previously Sewell served as a Chairman of an English department and was charged with directing educators on a school-wide basis. He was also a cluster leader responsible for students and teachers within a school population. He was responsible for addressing the academic needs of multi-cultural sixth grade students with low-incomes and low achievement scores in an inner-city school where he program design, state curriculum, and assessment writing.

Gretchen Weber

Gretchen Weber, a senior program associate who specializes in teacher quality and leadership at Learning Point Associates, provides expertise for teacher quality policy, publications, products, and technical assistance. Within the work of the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, Weber coordinates the technical assistance for the regional comprehensive assistance centers, including the capacity-building convenings, such as issue forums and the annual conference for the center.

A skilled project manager, she has led the technical assistance and professional services efforts with Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin school districts to assist them with meeting the highly qualified teacher provision of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and in improving their capacity-building abilities around instructional leadership, including teacher leadership. Though focused on a wide range of teacher quality issues, Weber leads the consultation and technical assistance services on induction and mentoring to multiple Illinois school districts and serves as a member of an Illinois policy team focused on induction and mentoring and has contributed to the writing of induction program standards for the state.

With many different experiences, grade levels, and school configurations in her teaching background, she has worked with a wide range of student populations in both suburban and urban settings. Having served in a leadership capacity during her years teaching, Weber acted as a technology facilitator, mentor, and lead teacher to provide technical assistance and professional development to assist teachers in improving the implementation of technology and differentiated instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, and other content areas. She has presented nationally and locally to deliver professional development to many audiences and is a National Board Certified teacher. Weber holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Augustana College and a master’s of education in curriculum and instruction from National-Louis University.



The information on this website was provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.