Thanks to Our Teachers!
During Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month we are spotlighting some of our teachers who help provide students with skills and experience for future high-demand careers.
• Business & Information Technology - Thadd Cornell, Jill Pickett, Melanie Shimek, Julie Troullier
• Technology & Engineering - Rich Kangas, Dan Kleinhans, Jeff Koch, Gerry Neuberger, Ryan Zimmerman
• Family & Consumer Sciences - Kristine Burritt, Bev Deem-Culbertson, Becky Grodek, Michele Horaitis-Foss
Kristine Burritt, Wilson Family & Consumer Sciences teacher
My favorite part of being a CTE teacher is that I get to teach students life skills that they can directly apply to their everyday life.
One fun class project/activity: students in my 9th grade Food Exploration get to show off their culinary creativity when they compete in the annual Wilson Grilled Cheese Competition. My advice for students as they are planning for the future: Don’t be afraid to try new things!
Michele Horaitis-Foss, Lincoln Family & Consumer Sciences teacher
I love working with students who are interested and passionate about the fields of study I teach, especially when it leads to future careers.
I love to teach Child Development and Assistant Childcare Teacher because it’s fun to see students interact with our play school kiddos and become lead teachers to them. I also love to teach Healthcare classes because it’s such a great way to learn about booming careers in the medical field.
Gerry Neuberger, Lincoln Technology & Engineering teacher
My advice for students as they are planning for the future: Ask questions, try different areas, give a technical subject an honest effort, and then decide what’s right for you.
My favorite part of being a CTE teacher is watching the excitement of a student that has achieved success in their endeavors. Students in my classes get to participate in a number of hands-on manufacturing projects that involve many different processes. These projects cause great excitement among students and often leads to some friendly competition as well!
Jill Pickett, Wilson Business & Information Technology teacher
I love to teach Project Lead the Way classes and use MIT App inventor, which allows students to create mobile apps to solve global issues.
To me CTE means preparing students for life and giving them the skills they will need to be successful members of society. My advice for students as they are planning for the future: Take more business and information technology classes. Step #1: Show up, Step #2 work hard!
Melanie Shimek, Washington & Lincoln Business & Information Technology teacher
A fun class project: students in my Business and Marketing class participate in our very own Shark Tank.
This is my first school year teaching and my favorite part of being a CTE teacher is the students! My advice for students as they are planning for the future: Work hard and don’t be afraid to try new things!
Julie Troullier, Lincoln Business & Information Technology teacher
My favorite class to teach is Starting a Small Business. We start with entrepreneurial and business exploration and then students progress to creating a business plan including marketing and staff for their business.
My advice for students as they are planning for the future: Explore in high school, keep an open mind, and start with something you like. You can always change careers later in life.
Ryan Zimmerman, Lincoln Technology & Engineering Education teacher
To me CTE means hands-on courses that relate to careers. These classes have meaningful content that students can use in everyday life and on the job.
My favorite classes to teach are Autos and Transportation, these are things I am into outside of the school day as well! My advice for students as they are planning for the future: Do something that you are passionate about!
Our Students Thank You!
From industry tours to industry certifications, our students are getting a chance to start following their dreams.
In 2018, 78 Lincoln High School seniors graduated with an industry recognized certification, such as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Assistant Childcare Teacher (ACCT), Adobe, Autodesk, EMT and Youth Apprenticeship.
49 YA Students in 2017-18
Here are a few of our Youth Apprenticeship students benefitting from MPSD teachers and local employers:
Student Name - Career Pathway, Employer
- Ryan Barker - Engineering, Jagemann Stamping
- Lucinda Kue - Marketing, Manitowoc Public Utilities
- Nick Michaelson - Information Technology, MPSD
- Massendra Musial - Marketing, Steve Ford - State Farm Agent
- Peter Powalisz - Electrical, Manitowoc Public Utilities
- Elizabeth Rens - Nursing, The Bay at Northridge
- Noah Strzyzewski - Finance/Banking, UnitedOne Credit Union