Vice President of Academic Affairs
Mid-State Technical College
Plover, WI, USA
Field: Educational Leadership and Development
An educator for nearly 40 years, Dr. Ann M. Krause-Hanson has one desire: to provide everyone with opportunities to learn. A lifelong learner herself, she believes that her constant desire to learn has been a key element in her success. She is currently the vice president of academic affairs for Mid-State Technical College located in Marshfield, Wis., where she is charged with overseeing all programs, faculty, institutional research and the library. She also provides marketing services for the school and presides over all workforce development strategies to meet the needs of admissions each year.
Earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, with a minor in psychology, from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1974, Dr. Krause-Hanson began her career teaching mathematics at the K-12 level, a position she held for 16 years before transitioning into administrative roles. In 1990, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Master of Education in Professional Development. Nearly two decades later, she earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a certified instructional supervisor, has a lifetime certification in mathematics, as well as a certification in vocational mathematics.
The field of education is constantly changing and Dr. Krause-Hanson is always looking for new bits of knowledge. In order to stay current, she maintains affiliations with the Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE), and the Association for Career and Technical Education. She is also the president of Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership. Additionally, she serves as a mentor and facilitator for The Chair Academy, an international academy that conducts leadership training for chairpersons, deans and vice presidents in higher education.
Dr. Krause-Hanson attributes much of her professional success to the mentorship and opportunities given by those around her. In 2012, she was given the President’s Award by WACTE, and in 2008, she was given the Region III Award of Merit by ACTE. As the years progress, she intends to continue working in a leadership position. Continue reading
Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Field: Statistics and Information Technology Instruction
An educator for more than three decades, Carla L. Hill is a strong advocate for implementing information technology in student curriculum. For the past seven years, she has served as a teaching associate for Marist College, located in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where she utilizes and implements technology as a methodology of enhanced value for the development of educational tools for students. She applies her expertise in statistics when creating curriculum for students in statistical mathematical courses.
Ms. Hill earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Lenoir-Rhyne University and a Master of Arts in Computer Science from Union College. Always searching for more to learn, she is now pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, with a concentration in educational technology, from the University of Phoenix. As a teaching associate, she also conducts evaluations in all phases of usage of information technology in concurrent implementation for overall evaluation of quality assurance standards for meeting criteria. She plans to teach a new liberal arts course in the future.
To keep updated in the field of education, Ms. Hill maintains affiliation with the Mathematical Association of America and the International Society for Technical Education. She has also done public speaking related to education. To recognize her dedication, she was given a special services award for working with students with learning disabilities in 2005, 2008 and 2010. She supports Girl Scouts of the USA and the American Red Cross, and volunteers with her church, St. John’s Lutheran Church. She attributes her success to her open-mindedness and love for working with young people. She is certified in CPR and first aid and enjoys teaching these classes in her free time, in addition to spending time with her three grandchildren (to date): Alexia, Charlie and Becca. Continue reading
Napa Valley Unified School District
Field: Educational Administration
Sitting at her desk in elementary school, Janis Sparks decided that she wanted to become a teacher. While learning about Albert Schweitzer, she found great inspiration in his words, “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” His reverence for life as the foundation of ethics became embedded in her, along with her determination to serve others through teaching. Spending nearly 40 years in the field of education, she accomplished her goal and more. As the former principal of Donaldson Way Elementary School of the Napa Valley Unified School District, Ms. Sparks dedicated her time to developing a professional learning community, where not only the students learned, but the teachers and administrators were pupils as well as they sought out best teaching practices and then implemented these practices schoolwide.
A recent retiree, Ms. Sparks served as both an educator and an administrator during her 38-year career. She always believed that education should address not only academics, but also the development of character and wisdom. To that end, she would educate students on the required subjects, but also teach them how to become caring individuals and good citizens. In fact, she was given the Community Leadership and Service Award by the state of California. Gifted in multitasking, she managed all functions of the Donaldson Way Elementary School, which held 650 students and 60 employees. She was charged with teacher training and evaluation, program design and implementation, and curriculum development. She holds certifications in elementary education, educational administration, and leadership via the California State Leadership Academy, and Reading Recovery for students who struggle with learning how to read. Ms. Sparks viewed every day as a great gift and an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, and attributes her success to her listening and conflict resolution skills, and ability to judge when to lead or follow.
Ms. Sparks earned a degree from California State University, Fresno, graduating with highest honors. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in French and English, she holds a master’s degree in early childhood education from California State University, San Francisco. She loves to travel, and during her college years, she studied abroad at the Aix-Marseille University in France and visits the country again now that she is retired. She also aspires to become involved in consulting and professional writing as time progresses. Continue reading