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   Peter Miller    


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Shannon L Anderson is a PhD student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, pursuing research that explores the ways in which principals collaborate with teachers to lead for social justice in predominately White, affluent school districts.  After teaching high school for 14 years, she has served as a building administrator since 2009 and is currently a middle school principal in the Oregon School District.  She earned a MS in educational leadership from UW-Madison, a MA in art education from UW-Madison, and a BA in English and art Education from St Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  She is also a National Board Certified Teacher.

 Shannon Anderson



Peter R. Apple is a PhD student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, pursuing research that explores the impacts of scheduling models on Homeless and Highly Mobile students in K-12 education.  After teaching middle school and high school for 7 years, he has served as a K-12 administrator since 2010 in both building and district office leadership roles.  He is currently the high school principal in the Cadott Community School District.  He earned a MS in Educational Leadership from National-Louis University, a BA in Secondary Mathematics education from Cornell College as well as a BA in Political Science from Cornell College.  Additionally, he received a BS in Computer Science and Systems Engineering from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and spent 10 years working in Software and Systems Engineering before teaching mathematics in grades 6-12.

       Peter Apple        

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  Alexis Bourgeois


       Kelli Cameron     


      ​Paris Echoles      


Chukwuma ("Chuks") Ekwelum is a Ph.D. student in the department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at UW. His research interests revolve around race, the shortage of black men within the U.S. teaching profession, and the inherent correlation between the two. Guided by Critical Race Theory, he contends that black men, the least represented demographic in the teaching workforce, are valuable sources of empowerment and instructional leadership who are often taken for granted. He believes that emphasis should not just be placed on recruiting them into the teaching profession; emphasis must also be placed on creating spaces and conditions for them to thrive in as leaders and autonomous agents of change, long-term. Chuks holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction (Secondary Education) from Boston College and a B.A. in Creative Writing & Literature from Trinity College (Hartford, CT).

 ("Chuks") Ekwelum



   Nicholas Cochart   


 Heather Grindatti 


Van Lac is a doctoral candidate in ELPA; she studies how youth leverage participatory research methods to effect change as leaders within their school, neighborhood and community contexts. Prior to her graduate studies, Van worked as a high school English teacher for eight years in Richmond, California.  She is originally from Oakland, California.

​          Van Lac           


    Virginia Moore  


Victoria Olubiyi is a PhD student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her Master of Science Degree in ELPA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Greenwich in England in 2008.

Ms. Olubiyi is particularly interested in the education of high achieving immigrant students in elementary and secondary education, especially in relation to African immigrant students in the United States.

    Victoria Olubiyi    


     Michael Pisani      



    Janelle Ramsal      


Brian Sutton is the Curriculum Director for the Marshall Public School District in Marshall, WI.  Prior to working in Marshall, Brian worked as the PK-8 Principal for the Poynette School District.  Brian studies the role of the principal in public schools and is interested in the nexus between central office staff and principals.  In addition, Brian is interested in how leaders of rural schools can lead for social justice and equitable outcomes.  Brian lives in rural Dane County with his wife, Annie and their son Liam.

    Brian Sutton  



  Adrienne Thunder   


  Candace Weidensee 


       ​David Witte         

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