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Wisconsin Art Education Association Elections 2017-2019
President-Elect - if elected, you will serve 6 years: 2 as President-Elect; 2 as President; 2 as Past President.
Secretary- if elected, you will serve 2 years and be part of the executive board.
Treasurer- if elected, you will serve 2 years and be part of the executive board.
Membership-if elected, you will serve 2 years.
Editor (currently interim) if elected, you will serve 2 years.
Advertising (currently interim) if elected, you will serve 2 years.
Division Representatives if elected, you will serve 2 years.
President Elect President-Elect
I’m Devon Calvert and I work in Milton, WI where I travel between two K-3 buildings. Over the last few years, I have taken a more active role not only in my own endeavors, but also in the Wisconsin Art Education Association. After helping with a couple of the WAEA fall conferences in college, I took the leap and became WAEA’s Membership Chair. As a board member, I have connected with other art educators from around the state and nation, attended and presented at the WAEA and NAEA art conferences, and grew as a leader at the National Leadership Conference. I hope to continue my future work with WAEA as the future president-elect.
Option 1 Devon Calvert
Dani Graf is a retired art teacher from Milwaukee Public Schools. She worked for 34 years, 20 of those years at Hamilton High School teaching Fiber& Fabrics and Advanced Placement Art History. She has been retired for 5 years and is currently a substitute teacher at Hamilton, filling in for maternity leaves (working for the sixth mother now.) Dani also works part-time for ArtsECO of the UWM Peck School of the Arts mentoring four art teachers. She has been treasurer of WAEA for many years.
My name is Leah Keller and I teach grades K-6 at two elementary schools in Stevens Point. I live in Wild Rose with my husband Dave and three daughters- Maggie, Grace and Emily. I have been serving as the WAEA secretary since 2013. I have really enjoyed my involvement on the board, the people I have met, and the opportunities that have come my way because of my board involvement. I love being able to make a contribution to the advocacy for and professional development of our amazing Art Educators throughout the state!
Option 1 Leah Keller
Hello! I am Ellen Scharfenberg I am currently student teaching this spring semester and will be graduating from the University of Wisconsin Stout with a B.S. in K-12 Art Education and a Minor in Art History with a concentration in graphic design. During my time at Stout I have participated at our volunteer Children’s Art Club, teaching many local and homeschooled students ages 4-13. During the 2015-2016 academic year I was the NAEA UW-Stout President leading the student org meetings, as well as planning events and projects. I also served on the College of Education Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Council (CEHHS) as the student representative for Art Education. Helping to improve both the college and programs from 2014-2016. I have attended the last 2 WAEA fall conferences and have loved ever minute of them, I love being a part of the Art Education community and connecting with other art teachers. By being part of the WAEA board I hope to grow as Art Educator and as a young professional leader!
Jana Strobel earned her B.F.A with an emphasis in Graphic design from UW-Stevens Point and her Masters in Art Education from Concordia University – Mequon. She is a secondary art educator at Watertown High School since 2005. Jana also enjoys being a freelance photographer and graphic designer. At Watertown High school Jana teaches darkroom and digital photography, advanced photography, foundations art, drawing, computer art, and wearable art. Jana has been teaching dance to students between the ages of 2 to 18 for more than 15 years with the Watertown Blue Revue. Jana and her husband Tim have two adorable daughters, Addison (age 7) and Kinsley (age 4). Tim is co-owner of a large dairy farm in Watertown. Addison and Kinsley love to dance, do art projects, sing, play piano, and do puzzles. She looks forward to sharing her passion and knowledge of art with other art educators.
Option 1 Jana Strobel (interm)
Elementary Level Director
My name is Dustin Anderson and I am currently serving the WAEA Board as Elementary Rep. I have held this position for the past 6 years. I love working with kids and creating art but sometimes it great to work with adults. The WAEA board has been an amazing resource for me as a teacher and a great way to make friends from around the state. I have enjoyed helping with conferences, lesson exchanges, and art shows and would love to continue to grow with WAEA. I come home after a long day of teaching to my dog "Winslow." I also work and own Palette Pleasers, a paint and sip business, for the past two years. I really enjoy traveling around the world and spending time at my family's cabin in Steamboat, Colorado.
Middle Level Director
Hello! My name is Kendra Ninmann and I am an art teacher at Butler Middle School in Waukesha, WI. This is my first year at Butler Middle School and first year teaching all together! I teach grades 6-8 and I LOVE teaching this age group. Their imaginations run wild and their high energy keeps me going! My art teacher journey started when I was in high school when I attended Watertown High School. Then I continued my education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where I majored in Art Education and minored in Spanish. I live in Milwaukee, WI with my boyfriend of 6+ years, our roommate and friend Alex, and his dog Daisy (who we consider our 4th roommate). I enjoy being outside in warm weather so during the summer my boyfriend and I take many walks around Milwaukee lake paths and we love to go camping. This love for nature tends to show through my art. I consider myself an oil painter and enjoy painting architecture and nature from observation and from photos that hold importance to me.
Secondary Level Director
Hello Wisconsin! My name is Caitlin Conlon and I am a secondary art teacher at Divine Savior Holy Angels in Milwaukee, WI. For the past five years I have had the privilege of teaching 9th through 12th graders in drawing, painting, design and self expression. I love being an art teacher because my students inspire me on a daily basis. They encourage me to keep creating and diving into art just as I hope to inspire them. I am always looking for new projects and ways of learning. For example, I was certified in the Art of Yoga Project based out of San Francisco, CA to teach a form of art therapy to at-risk women. Someone who inspires me is my fiancé, Michael, and my dog Roo! We love to go camping, hiking, biking and be outside in this amazing state. I am an avid yoga and spin enthusiast. I am honored to be considered for this position where I hope to make a contribution to advance our profession in whatever way I am called to do so.
Pre-Service Level Director
Shannah Imbruglia is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee getting her degree in Art Education. Growing up with a mother who had a passion of art, she had constant support to follow her dreams of becoming a teacher in the arts. As a returning student to higher education, Shannah possesses a clarity of purpose and confidence on her career path. Currently, she is an intern with the ArtsECO program which stands for Arts Education/Community Ecosystem which is a program that supports the recruitment, training, and retention of art teachers within the Milwaukee area. During this time, she has also had the opportunity to co-teach their Pre-College program that assists MPS high school students to prepare for their college portfolios by taking intensive classes that expand their skills.In addition to her heavy coursework load, she works off-campus teaching yoga in a studio and volunteers to teach yoga in the classroom. On-campus she works in the Peck School of the Arts advising office- serving as the first contact for students with advising needs. In her free time, Shannah enjoys traveling with her husband, snuggling her three dogs and shopping with her mom. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ My name is Matt Osterlund, a returning student at the University of Wisconsin Superior. There was a time several years ago, during my first year of college, that I wasn’t sure I wanted to be an art teacher. I had entered the University of Wisconsin Superior in 1996 as an Art Education major, and it was soon after that I started hearing chatter from friends and family, “You don’t want to teach for a living, Is that really something you want to do?” Unfortunately I caved into “peer pressure.” The next 4 years I changed my major 4 times, going from Art Therapy, Studio Art (painting/ceramics), Political Science, then back to Studio Art. In the back of my mind I felt I had made a huge mistake, and I regretted mydecision to not pursue my dream of becoming an artteacher.Fast forward 16 years, my wife had just given birth to our first child, and that’s when I started reconsidering my career path. I was happy making art for a living, it’s what I had done since I left college, but there was something missing. In the summer of 2015, I built up enough courage to reapply at UWS, this time as an Art Education major. I was like a kid going to their very first day of school, full of excitement and nervousness. I was nearly 40 years old and changing careers. Was I losing my mind? It didn’t take long for me to realize that teaching art was what I had been missing all these years. I dove right into my classes, and this time I was surrounded by encouragement, I had purpose and I wanted to learn. To make a long story short, I fell in love with my Teacher Education and Art Education classes. I love learning about how people learn. I love that feeling you get when you connect with a student, and I even love creating lesson plans (not kidding, it’s like a puzzle for me). Needless to say, I’m in love with teaching!!My elementary art teacher, Mrs. Jensen, is a big reason why I want to become an art teacher. She was a teacher who was always working on something, creating, and working side by side with her students. She showed us how freeing art could be. She has continued to be an inspiration throughout my artistic path.Some people want to grow up to be firefighters or police officers. I’ve always wanted to be an art teacher. I’m happily on my path to realizing that dream, and I can’t waituntil I get the opportunity to foster inspiration in my students.
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