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November 10, 2011
by: Leah Morgan Eilmus

Coleen Hilke, Drama Teacher

Colleen Hilke’s journey to teaching drama at ESAA and Mosaic began on a yellow brick road. Well, sort of.

When she was 8 years old, she tried to direct the neighborhood kids in her own production of “The Wizard of Oz” in her back yard. Problem was, no one was listening to her. Enter a pair of compassionate parents.

“My parents thought I might have more luck auditioning for an actual local production of ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ “  she recalled. “I auditioned, was cast as a munchkin, got hooked on theater, and the rest - as they say -  is history.”

Colleen grew up in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, and performed in plays throughout her childhood, thanks to a community theater group in nearby Manitowoc.

“I have had large and small roles in musical and non-musical productions,” she shared. “I have also been on stage and costume run-crews in college and community theater productions.”

Colleen was a theater performance major at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point before discovering a passion for teaching. She graduated in May 2010 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education with minors in drama and music.

New to the Sheboygan Area School District this year, Colleen is excited to have the opportunity to bring her love of drama to her students.

“At Mosaic I teach several seminars that focus on specific areas in drama, such as acting, directing, and playwriting,” she explained. “At ESAA, the drama is more comprehensive and focuses on dramatic skills in a very broad context. I integrate classroom content and skills into our dramatic studies, especially with the project-based learning we are implementing.”

Before joining the SASD, Colleen was a substitute teacher in Two Rivers.

“I would not trade that year of substitute teaching for anything because it gave me such a strong perspective in many different areas,” she said. “I substitute taught in early childhood through 12th grade and in all areas of special education. I long-term subbed as a high school librarian and as a seventh-grade language arts teacher. I met so many interesting students!”

Regarding her drama experience, Colleen has taught summer workshops, directed students of all ages in plays, and integrated theater into much of her regular education teaching. She also started the Huzzah Theater Troupe with several high school students from Two Rivers. Be sure to check out the troupe on Facebook!

Colleen is engaged to area musician Trent Machut, and they plan to wed this summer.  Trent has a bachelor of music degree from UW-Oshkosh with an emphasis on recording technology. He teaches private guitar and drum lessons.

     The teacher’s interests outside of theater include working out, walking, reading and watching movies. She enjoys being outdoors and is a major animal lover, in particular cats and turtles. Music is also a big part of her life, and she plays the clawhammer banjo and some guitar. She loves to sing as well.

“My favorite actors and actresses are, by far, my students because they are always open to trying new things,” Colleen revealed.

As for roles she’s played or would like to play, Colleen said it would be difficult to choose a favorite role from the past or a dream role for the future. “I think there is something special about every role if you make it your own.”

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November 6, 2011
by: Leah Morgan Eilmus

Standard Score

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Last week Standard Score information was mailed home.

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November 6, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell

Mike Q. Hanlon, Drama Teacher

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Students at Mosaic and IDEAS know him as drama instructor Mike Q. Hanlon, but in the community he’s often recognized as “the guy in the Van...

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October 19, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell

“The Reinvention of Edison Thomas”

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Several students from Mosaic and IDEAS will showcase their talent this weekend at the world premiere of “The Reinvention of Edison Thomas,” based on the award-winning...

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October 18, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell

Deb Gilbertson, Design Teacher

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While Deb Gilbertson is relatively new to teaching, she brings more than 25 years of design and marketing experience into the classroom.

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October 11, 2011
by: Leah Eilmus

The Mosaic Stream

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Students in Journalism really wanted to start a school newspaper.

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September 25, 2011
by: Leah Eilmus

iPad Brushes App

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Stuart Howland's Visaul Art Seminar created masks on their iPads using the Brushes App

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September 25, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell, Journalist

Courtney Kooistra, Mathematic Teacher

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“Once I started looking into education as a career path, I began to realize I had been training to become an educator for most of my...

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September 19, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell, Journalist

Dave Rautmann, Physical Education Teacher

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Dave Rautmann’s love of teaching began when he was a teen-ager. He taught swim lessons when he was 16 and began coaching youth swim programs at...

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September 19, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell, Journalist

Advisory and Guided Discipline Training

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Advisory training and guided discipline training for staff at IDEAS Academy and The Mosaic School was conducted on-site Aug. 15-17 and Aug. 22-24.

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August 4, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell, Journalist

Tad Phippen Wente, Creative Writing Teacher

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When I was in third grade at Wilson School, I'd hide the teacher's pens. Just looking for attention, I guess.

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August 4, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell, Journalist

Buck Institute Training

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Thirteen teachers from The Mosaic School and IDEAS Academy attended project-based learning training conducted July 18-20 by the Buck Institute of Education.

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August 4, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell, Journalist

National School Reform Faculty

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Five representatives from The Etude Group of charter schools recently attended Critical Friends Group Training in Bloomington, Ind.

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July 18, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell, Journalist

Ryan Bemis, Spanish Teacher

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“By learning about a language, you learn about the culture at the same time,” said Ryan, who will teach Spanish at Mosaic School and IDEAS Academy...

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July 18, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell, Journalist

College of William and Mary Training

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Three staff members from the Sheboygan Area School District’s new charter middle school, Mosaic School, attended curriculum training June 22-24 at the College of William and...

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July 7, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell, Journalist

An iPad for Every Student

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he District is pleased that the Etude Group is implementing the use of electronic textbooks. We continue to support expanding innovative opportunities for our students.

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June 21, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell

Michelle Renzelmann-Ross, Language Arts Teacher

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To this day, Michelle takes Nana’s wisdom to heart: “Learn everything you can; you never know when you’ll use it.”

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May 25, 2011
by: Leah Eilmus

Transportation

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The Mosaic School is in the process of exploring our families transportation needs.

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May 21, 2011
by: Leah Eilmus

Coalition of Essential School

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For 25 years, the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) has been at the forefront of creating and sustaining personalized, equitable, and intellectually challenging schools.

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May 21, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell

John Peña, Music Teacher

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Being affiliated with charter schools has been a natural fit for John, who has the experience and the training to provide a more diverse music...

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May 17, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell, Journalist

Rayna Rokicki, Social Studies and Movement Teacher

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Having the opportunity to teach at a school that allows for learning to occur in this way as well as a myriad of other ways is...

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May 11, 2011
by: Rayna Rokicki, Movement Specialist

Dance/Movement

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The Dance seminars offered at Mosaic are not meant for the trained dancer, but as a way to introduce the discipline of dance and movement to...

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May 11, 2011
by: Rayna Rokicki, Social Studies Teacher

Social Studies

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Students will discover the patterns, layers and relationships in our world by investigating them from the perspective of a historian, geographer, economist and politician.

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April 1, 2011
by: Peter Woods

Mosaic Mathematics

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While the notion of abstract thought scares many people away from mathematics, an important realization that most people gloss over is that these abstract thoughts come...

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January 28, 2011
by: L. Eilmus

Mosaic and A2 Partnership

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Mosaic School has been chosen as the middle school track for students at Accelerated Academics Charter School, also known as A2, the Sheboygan Area School District...

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January 26, 2011
by: L. Eilmus

Location

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The Mosaic School is pleased to announce it will be located on the 3rd floor of the new Charter Campus at Central.

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