Oconomowoc Area School District Staff

The staff who work with and support the students of the Oconomowoc Area School District are some of the most highly qualified individuals in their areas of expertise.

Staff Doctoral Recipients

William Stout, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004:  Land Resources
Dissertation: Landscape ecology of the Red-tailed Hawk: with applications for land-use planning and education
Dr. Stout teaches science and biology classes at Oconomowoc High School. His publications can be found here.

Joseph Moylan, Ph.D. Cardinal Stritch University, 2015: Doctor of Philosophy
Dr. Moylan is the Principal of Oconomowoc High School.
Published Work: Principal Leadership High School Edition, Volume 4, number 4 December 2003,  "On Target for Alternative Education,"

Judy Reed, Ph.D. OHS - Special Education

Julie Saccomando, Ph.D.  OHS - Special Education

 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarships

The Wisconsin-based Herb Kohl Educational Foundation awards teacher fellowships. The Foundation awards 100 Wisconsin teachers with $3,000 Kohl Fellowship grants, and each Kohl Fellowship recipient's school will receive a matching $3,000 grant.
The educator nomination process begins within each public school district, or nonpublic school organization. Further screening takes place at the regional level, and the statewide selection committee chooses the award recipients.
Educators are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students and ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.
Oconomowoc Area School District teachers who have received the Herb Kohl Educational Fellowship are:

  • Mike Olander, 1990
  • Judith Kuehn, 2001
  • Vic Passante, 2001
  • Bette Brandenburg, 2004
  • Michael Krill, 2012
  • Cindy Bourdo, 2014
  • Rebecca Beck, 2015
  • Lynne Carlstein, 2017

Herb Kohl Wisconsin Principal Recognition Award

The Herb Kohn Education Foundation annually awards Outstanding Leadership awards to Wisconsin principals and school administrators.  The awards recognize the importance of exceptional school leaders who help provide successful school environments for students and faculty members.  Each state-level winner will receive a $3,000 award, along with an additional $3,000 for his or her school.  Award winners will be encourages to apply their schools' award to the continued development of talent and future leadership opportunities.

  • Dr. Joseph Moylan, 2016

 National Board Certification

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was created in 1987 after the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy’s Task Force on Teaching as a Profession released A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century. This policy set forth a vision for accomplished teaching. The Five Core Propositions form the foundation and frame the rich amalgam of knowledge, skills, dispositions and beliefs that characterize National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs):

  1. Teachers are committed to students and their learning
  2. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students
  3. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning
  4. Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience
  5. Teachers are members of learning communities.

To demonstrate standards-based evidence of accomplished practice and become nationally certified, teachers must meet basic eligibility standards, prepare a portfolio of class practices and successfully complete an assessment of knowledge examination administered at a testing station. Oconomowoc Area School District teachers/counselors who have meet the stringent criteria and are nationally certified are:

  • David Weiland, 2006
  • Tina Heinecke-Kurtz, 2008
  • Danielle Chaussee, 2010
  • Cindy Bourdo, 2012
  • Traci Timm, 2013

Special Recognition

Oconomowoc High School teacher, Tom Klubertanz, was inducted into the Tommy Awards Hall of Fame, voted on by the board of the Overture Center, Madison. In a speech given during the surprise presentation at the award ceremony in June 2013, Tim Sauers of the Overture Center noted, "Tom directs and produces high-quality productions at Oconomowoc High School and the Tommy Award has recognized this work each year. His commitment to his students is unbeatable, providing them not only a diverse, well-thought-out theater education curriculum, but also with professional performance opportunities." He continued, "Oconomowoc is fortunate to have such a high quality theater instruction as it is a rarity in Wisconsin and the nation." Click here to view all Tommy awards earned by the OHS Players. 

Danielle Chauseé, OHS Spanish teacher has been selected for the 2016-17 Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) Program. More than 400 teachers applied from 47 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and she is among 76 teachers who will join this cohort. The program provides K-12 teachers with the opportunity to explore themes and applications for global education in their classrooms, school and community.  Click here to read the full press release.

Project Lead The Way

Oconomowoc High School is certified as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) location, which means that students who take the appropriate courses may earn transcripted credits for college. PLTW prepares students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to our world. Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning.

Oconomowoc High School teachers who have received training in Project Lead The Way are:

  • Robert Blersch, 2008
  • Mark Jappinen, 2008



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