10 Sped Instructors
Instructor for the
10 Sped, edCert, & edNova Programs
Al teaches 10 SPED courses and is the instructor for edCert and edNova. He holds Masters degrees in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University and a Masters Degree in Special Education-Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. With more than 20 years of experience teaching special education in Wisconsin, Al has served the Janesville School District as a Special Education Program Support Teacher and as a teacher of students with disabilities.
Instructor for the
10 Sped Program & Student Teaching
Jacalyn Amant has been working in the field of education for over eighteen years. She taught high school English for the first eight years and for the remainder of her time she has served as a high school reading specialist and literacy coach at Baraboo High School. Jackie also teaches graduate courses for educators during the summer months, and is a literacy consultant for other Wisconsin school districts. She enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family.
10 Sped Program
Molly is an Instructor for the 10 Sped program. She holds a Bachelors of Social Work degree and a Master of Science in Education (Special Education - Emotional and Behavioral Disorders) from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. She also received her K-12 Administrative Licensure through St. Mary's University. Molly has been a social worker (child protection, juvenile and adult probation), an alternative education teacher and a special education teacher in the area of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. For the past 15 years, she has been a building administrator at all three developmental levels of elementary, middle and high school. She is currently the building principal at Lake Middle School in Woodbury, Minnesota.
Dr. Randy Refsland
Randy Refsland has been an educator since 1981, starting with his student teaching experience and continuing through today. Randy received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bemidji State University in 1981 in Broad field Social Studies with a history concentration. He spent the next eighteen years teaching high school history and psychology as well as coaching in North St. Paul, MN, Cedarburg, and Baraboo. While teaching in Baraboo, he received his Master of Science degree from UW-Platteville in Secondary Education and also taught university transfer courses in psychology for what was then known as Madison Area Technical College. In 1999 Randy made the move into administration as an assistant principal at Baraboo High School. In 2000 he became the 7-12 principal in Montello and in 2004 he became the principal of Milton High School. Randy became District Administrator of the Waupun Area School District in 2008 and while there completed his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College in 2009. In 2010 Randy became the District Administrator of the Clinton Community School District where he served until his attempt at retirement in 2015. While in Clinton the Clinton School Board allowed Randy to take a one year sabbatical to work and live in China during the 2012-2013 school year. Upon retiring, Randy returned to work for the 2016-2017 school year, this time as Director General of the Bahrain Bayan School in Manama, Bahrain. In 2017 Randy returned to Wisconsin to become the Interim District Administrator of the School District of Bowler, where he still serves.
Dr. Charles Urness
Charlie Urness lives in Beloit, Wisconsin. He is proud to be an instructor with WiscAd through eduCATE-WI. In his current "day job," he is the principal of Franklin Middle School in Janesville, Wisconsin. Before that, he was the principal of Brodhead Middle School in Brodhead, Wisconsin from 2001 to 2010. As a teacher, he taught at the high school level (Brodhead High School) and the middle school level (Gila Vista Junior High School in Yuma, Arizona) in the content area of social studies (civics, world history, US history, sociology, psychology, and AP US history). He received a Bachelor's degree from UW-La Crosse in 1993, a Master's degree from UW-Madison in 2001, and a Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 2012.
As a school leader, he believes it is vital to promote equity and excellence in education. He enjoys reading and spending time with his wife, Tina, and children (Tyler, Carter, Victoria, Emilia, and Ella).
Project Teaching Instructors
Project Teaching Program
Michael Leach is an educator with 18 years of experience (14 as a Principal) in a variety of settings. He has worked with learning at the Elementary and Middle levels along with his current position with PK-12 in an online virtual setting. Mike is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee (Bachelors), Cardinal Stritch (Masters) and is a candidate for his doctorate from Cardinal Stritch in 2019. Along with being a lifelong learner, Mike lives in the metro Milwaukee area with his wife (an elementary teacher) and his two children, Mikey (12) and Paige (9). He enjoys boating and camping along with traveling through the year. Mike coaches his children's sports teams and wants to enjoy being a part of his kid's lives as they are growing up so FAST.
Project Teaching Program
Deb Bowling has worked in Milwaukee Public Schools for over 18 years and has served as an arts educator, assistant principal, and principal prior to her current position as Manager of Fine Arts. In her current position, she is responsible for all arts educators in the district as well as grant writing, principal support, and professional development dealing with visual art, music, dance, theater, physical education, and health. She has received graduate degrees in art history and educational leadership and will receive her in doctoral degree in educational leadership in June 2018. In addition to her work in Milwaukee Public Schools, she has also served as a clinical supervisor for student teachers and future administrators and EdTPA scorer. She enjoys spending time outdoors, golfing, reading, and traveling.
Project Teaching Program
Mike Flanagan, Ph.D., currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction at the Diocese of Madison, working with over forty diverse schools in the Southwestern Wisconsin region. Mike previously served as a building-level Principal in Beloit, WI and high-school public educator in the program areas of vocal music and theatre education in Richmond, IL.
In addition to areas of Curriculum & Instruction in Madison, Mike is responsible for supporting teachers new to the profession, supporting mentors, working with assessment data to transform how we deliver content, and delivering professional development to Principals. Although he misses the daily contact teaching students, working with adult learners brings both joy and humility. Following his dissertation work in instructional technology (2016), Mike's main focus is personalized learning - giving students the choice and the voice for their achievement.
Mike and his wife have four children, ranging in ages from one to ten. In his free time, he enjoys piano performance, cooking, and of course, the family!