National Board Mentors

Good mentors increase the likelihood that National Board candidates certify. WEAC members can receive up to three hours of personalized mentoring from a WEAC NBCT. While it may seem advantageous to connect with a mentor in your certification field, any NBCT can serve as your mentor. It’s as much about the process as about the product, so having a critical set of eyes outside of your teaching area has benefits. To be assigned a mentor, please select your top five choices and e-mail their names to Mentor requests must be made prior to April 1 during your year of submission. This service is provided for WEAC members only.


Brianne Allbee

I have been teaching for over 15 years with experience at both the middle and high school levels. I am currently teaching Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC at the high school. I also hold an administrative license, am a trained PDP reviewer, and the Educator Effectiveness coach at my school.


Cathy Anderson

Retired science teacher with over 36 years classroom experience, I currently teach courses on Classroom Environment for St. Mary’s University, provide inservice training to districts on educator effectiveness and Danielson’s Framework, and guest teach at the secondary level.

Holly Benson

I am a middle school science teacher (Chemistry and Biology) and returned Peace Corps volunteer (taught ESL). I enjoyed the challenge of the National Board process, this was the best professional development experience I ever had. I love meeting and mentoring National Board candidates as they push themselves to be their very best for their students.


Danielle Chaussee

I’m Danielle Chaussee with more than 14 years as a Spanish teacher at Oconomowoc High School. I’m also an advisor for our school’s chapter of the Spanish Honor Society and I’m deeply involved in our district’s service learning projects. For example, I serve on our district’s service learning committee, I co-organize/lead service learning trips abroad, and I’m the coordinator of our school’s Global Education Achievement Certificate program.


Andrea Daun

I have been teaching Language Arts and social studies for over 20 years. I loved the challenge of the NBCT process. I considered it my personal Mt. Everest challenge.

Amy DigmanAmy Digman

I received my undergrad degree from UW-Platteville and my Masters from Carroll University. I am currently a teaching and learning specialists (TLS) within the Elmbrook School District in Brookfield, WI. Previously, I taught kindergarten for 16 years within the Elmbrook SD. I am a recent NBCT (EC Generalist) and prior to my certification I was selected to pilot the new assessment (Component 1). I co-teach a national board class for first-time and renewal candidates. We meet once per month in Brookfield at the WEAC Region 7 Office.

Lyman Elliott

Lyman is a late-comer to the teaching profession. Having used the trades as a basis for paying his own way through college, Lyman taught Social Studies/History at Beloit Memorial High School for 8 years and shifted to Career & Tech Ed for two years. Lyman currently teaches Social Studies at West High School in Madison. One of fewer than 60 NBCT Social Studies teachers in the state, Lyman has been mentoring candidates, organizing NBCT support programming, and leveraging the status of NBCTs to advocate for the profession and strengthen our union since 2013.

Kelly Ferguson

Kelly Ferguson

Kelly achieved National Board Certification for World Languages other Than English in 2007 after an unsuccessful initial attempt. Since attending NBPTS Jump Start training in Washington in 2016 she has worked with candidates in the Madison area to help them avoid the errors made her time through the process. Kelly has taught Spanish in Madison since 2003, and is a prolific presenter at Wisconsin-area and national world languages conferences.


Terri Froiland

After teaching in urban, rural, and suburban communities and receiving my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, I became an NBCT in 2005 in the area of MC Generalist. I subsequently renewed my certification in 2015. I live with my family in Shorewood, and have been an instructional coach in Waukesha for eight years. I love supporting teachers in their National Board journey!

Meg Graham

I’ve been teaching Spanish in Mukwonago for over 30 years. I began my National Board Certification journey in 2003, after 17 years in the classroom. I certified in 2004 and renewed in 2013. Going through the NBCT process made a huge impact on my teaching practice and my job satisfaction. My specialty is World Language but I’ve mentored teachers in many certificate areas.


Kristin Halverson

Kristin Halverson is currently a first grade teacher in Fort Atkinson. She previously taught 4-Year-Old Kindergarten and 4th grade in Northern Wisconsin. After graduating from UW-Madison with a BS in Natural Resources, she continued her education and now holds a masters degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education as well as her Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist Certifications. National Board Certification (EC Generalist) seemed like the logical next step, and she achieved this in 2013 – a process she maintains is the most transformative thing she has done for professional development. In 2018, she was honored to be one of 17 educators from across the country to go to NEA and be inspired by the work being done there, but also work on Jump Start modules for local affiliates to use with NBCT candidates.


Paula Hase

As the Wausau East Library Media Specialist and informal District technology mentor, I welcome every opportunity to share my expertise and best practices relating to reading, writing, and technology. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in English Language Arts and certified to teach English, ELL, Reading, and as of 2015, Library Media. I enjoy helping teachers navigate their own personalized pedagogical road to digital change. I began my career in 1993 as a high school English teacher but I have recently migrated into the world of informational literacy with the recent acquisition of my Library Media certification. I am specifically interested in the ways technology can be used to create more effective and efficient ways for teachers to not only increase, but provide feedback and assess, the reading and writing opportunities for students.


Kristin Henningfeld

I teach students in grades K-6 with special needs in small pull-out groups and inclusive settings at a rural school in northwest Wisconsin. I have been teaching since 1999. I am also an active PDP verifier, previous EdTPA scorer, and participant on WEAC’s Quality Education committee.


D.J. Huddleston

I graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1978 with a double major in Zoology & Botany and a minor in Chemistry. After two years of biomedical cancer research, I returned to school to earn my teaching credentials. I have used my broad-field science certification as a passport to travel the United States. I began my educational odyssey in the tumbleweed grasslands of western Kansas, but have taught middle through high school science in rural and urban schools from the US territory of Guam (where America’s day begins) to the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Maui; from Navaho high desert country of Arizona to the Yupik wet tundra of Alaska. We live in a highly mobile global society and while I currently reside and teach in central Wisconsin, my National Board Certification has helped me develop skills that helped me better relate to students, peers, and administrators throughout our diverse nation.

Sarah Johnston

Sarah Johnston

I began teaching in Marinette in 1998. I taught several years of ELA, a few years of ELA & Geography, and currently teach 6 sections of Geography. I love using technology to help my students travel the world without leaving our room.


Teri Knight

I am currently a French teacher and World Languages department chair at Reagan H.S.   I have provided support in my building, have been a co-trainer for Jump Start and have provided support for NBPTS candidates at WEAC in Spring 2018.   I am willing to mentor initial and renewal candidates, and will be happy to mentor in person or electronically.


Ann Kroncke

I have been teaching since 1990 at Platteville High School in Platteville Wisconsin. I teach Biology and Human Biology (a year-long class in human anatomy and physiology).


Tracey Leider

I have been a science teacher for over 20 years and love my current assignment. I teach AP Env. Sci., Env. Sci. and Human Anatomy & Physiology to high school students. I have a master’s degree in Env. Education and my current passion is literacy in science. I teach workshops on infusing literacy without sacrificing science content.

Kristin Martens

I have over 12 years of teaching and currently am a 5th grade teacher in Greendale.   Previously I taught lower elementary for five years.  I was Nationally Board Certified in 2017 under the new system. Becoming a NBCT was a challenging, yet extremely rewarding process for me.  I have previously worked as an edTPA assessor and PDP reviewer.  I serve as a mentor in my building and have taken Instructional Mentoring courses at Cardinal Stritch.  My passion is math.  In 2017, I mentored a renewal candidate.  I look forward to working for new NBCT candidates.


Paula Meyer

My name is Paula Meyer. I’ve been teaching in the Appleton Area School District since January of 1990, beginning at West High School, moving to James Madison Middle School, then to North High School in 1995. I’ve presented numerous times at the WAFLT Fall Conference as well as having served on the board.


Jane Mlenar

I have been teaching middle school math for more than 26 years in the Milwaukee area. I have been mentoring candidates for more than 12 years both one-on one-and in small groups. I have also been a facilitator for UW LaCrosse in their ME-PD masters program. I am happy to work with teachers in any certification area.


John Peacock

John Peacock is a National Board Certified Teacher currently living and working in Milwaukee. Since graduating from DePaul University with a Master of Arts in Mathematics Education, he has spent over 11 years teaching high school mathematics in the public school districts of Chicago, West Allis and Milwaukee, seven of which teaching courses as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Reagan College Preparatory High School on Milwaukee’s south side. Currently John is on release from Milwaukee Public Schools working as the Director of Teaching and Learning for the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association.

Dena Pulos

I have taught in rural, urban, and suburban schools for over 20 years. Most of my experience is in K-12 literacy and math instruction though I recently found my passion in teaching ESL these past few years. I am happy to give back and support other educators going through the process.

Patricia Rian

I have taught grades 6-8 mathematics in the Milwaukee Public Schools for 26 years. When I started looking into National Board Certification, I thought it was about proving that I was a good teacher. What I found out as I went through the process was that it was really about becoming a better teacher! It’s the best professional development I’ve ever had. I am excited to help other accomplished teachers through their own journey toward National Board Certification.

Sarah H. Schnuelle

I am a former first grade teacher who provides literacy instruction, intervention, and coaching, primarily K-5, along with special education consulting at the middle and high schools in the School District of Jefferson. I received my M.A. in Literacy and Learning Disabilities in 2011 and have three young children. I earned National Board certification in Early Childhood-Middle Childhood English Language Arts in 2018. My current assignment is Literacy Teacher/Coach and Math Interventionist. I am a Jump Start trainer and provide support in my district, region and local.

Nick Sirek

I am currently teaching 6th grade at DeLong Middle School in Eau Claire.  I certified in my first year of eligibility, 2009, and worked on the NBPTS process with my mom who was in the last year of eligibility.  I finished a master’s degree in educational leadership from Viterbo.

Cyntha Slavish

I have over 20 years experience as a 1st-6th grade teacher and six years as a K-8 reading specialist. I certified as a Generalist, Middle Childhood, in 2006. I’ve taught students in grades 1-6 in urban, suburban, and rural parts of the country. I have also provided candidate support throughout Wisconsin over the last three years. My husband and I live in Middleton, and I work in the School District of Beloit.


Meredith Smith

I have been teaching since 2002 and since 2003 at a small school in southern Wisconsin. I teach Physical Science, Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Project Lead the Way Principles of Engineering, and AP Physics I. I have also taught Biology, Environmental Science, and General Physics. In addition to the classroom I stay busy traveling with my students to the Boundary Waters, Europe, and Puerto Rico. I also spend time a lot of time mentoring my students for our Science Olympiad Team. I received my BS in Secondary Science Education from Kansas State University in 2002, my MS in Physics Education from UW-River Falls. In 2015 I received my National Board Teacher Certification in the area of adolescent and young adulthood science. In 2016 I was honored to find out that I was chosen as a Crystal Apple Award winner.

Traci Timm

Traci Timm

I teach First Grade in the Oconomowoc Area School District. I have helped several candidates understand the expectations. I would be happy to help someone or give some tips I found helpful.

Amy Traynor

Amy Traynor

I am the Instructional Coach at DeLong Middle School in Eau Claire. I previously taught 7-8 grade mathematics for 17 years.

Vicky Voelker

Vicky Voelker

I am retired after teaching over 30 years of special education, mainly with elementary and high school cognitive disabilities and autism, and transition. I have supported NBCT candidates since 2005.

Kristin Voss

I teach at Madison Memorial High School and am passionate about Social Studies teaching and love the combination of content and skills I can teach students in my Social Studies elective courses. National Board Certification was the best professional development I have done because it was self-directed and meaningful. I am a mother of two teenagers – an 11th grade daugher with special needs and a neurotypical 9th grade son with a love of sports. In my free time I enjoy watching movies, reading, walking my dog and hanging out in coffee shops.

Erin Walsh

Erin Walsh

I have been teaching science for over 27 years. I live in Milwaukee and have always taught in urban settings. I have taught both middle school and high school. I have two grown children of my own and two step-children. I enjoy the outdoors–hiking, camping, canoeing.

Mary Walz

Mary Walz

I certified in 2004 and renewed in 2014 for Adolescence and Young Adulthood Mathematics. I have helped colleagues go through the initial and renewal process often providing proofing or help with recording. I have also provided a district in-service in our district to bring attention to the certification process.