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About Us

Our Mission

The Mary T. Kellner Teacher Education Center aims to uphold the Wisconsin Idea by supporting research and development of policies that capitalize on the role of teacher preparation in challenging inequities in P-12 schools, maximizing the impact of our teacher preparation programs, and supporting the preparation of teacher educators and teacher education scholars.

Our Vision

To advance UW–Madison’s leadership and impact in the field of education by serving as an incubator for teacher education practices and providing support for and connections between our research, state policy, and our preparation of future teachers.

Indigenous Education

One of the highlights of the School of Education Mary T. Kellner Teacher Education Center is our Indigenous Education Coordinator. Through this position, we support our educator preparation programs’ efforts to teach candidates the histories, cultures, languages, and sovereignty of the First Nations of Wisconsin. The Indigenous Education Coordinator facilitates the Mary T. Kellner Teacher Education Center Indigenous Education Committee, a professional learning community to better understand Act 31 and best practices in Indigenous education––as well as develop institutional strategies for infusion and Indigenization. First Nations Cultural Landscape Tours of the UW-Madison campus, that introduces students, staff, and faculty to the First Nations of Wisconsin through place-based learning, are offered through the office of Campus and Visitor Relations. All students in our educator preparation courses take this tour, which is augmented by additional pre- or post-tour learning activities planned in collaboration with our Indigenous Education Coordinator.

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Omar Polar leading a group on a UW-Madison First Nations Cultural Landscape Tour
Omar Polar leading a group on a UW-Madison First Nations Cultural Landscape Tour

Our Team

The team members of the Mary T. Kellner Teacher Education Center share a passion for equitable education, social justice, innovation, and service. We believe ensuring that all P-12 students have access to high-quality teachers is an important avenue in pursuing excellence and equitable educational outcomes. Brief descriptions of the Mary T. Kellner Teacher Education Center’s leadership team and staff are provided below.


Kelly Hayek

Position title: Associate Director

Email: kdhayek@education.wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-4602

Tom Owenby

Position title: Associate Dean for Teacher Education

Email: owenby@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-7338

Faculty Partners

Hala Ghousseini

Position title: John Grover Harvey Professor of Math Education, Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

Email: ghousseini@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-5035

Maxine McKinney De Royston

Position title: Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

Email: mckinneydero@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 265-3434


Anthony Baxter

Position title: Recruitment Coordinator

Email: albaxter2@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 264-1721

Nancy Coulter

Position title: Field Experience Coordinator

Email: nrcoulter@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-3773

Ann Halbach

Position title: Outreach Manager

Email: amhalbach@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-1187

Will Huth

Position title: Data Reporting Specialist

Email: whuth@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-1712

Carly Marco

Position title: Teacher Pledge Program Manager

Email: cmarco@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-4001

Evan Moss

Position title: Outreach and Partnerships Specialist

Email: eemoss@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 890-1637

Mark Olson

Position title: Teaching Faculty and Academic Assessment Manager

Email: mark.olson@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 890-3279

Katie Porwoll

Position title: Administrative Manager

Email: kbusalacchi@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-2997

Jen Schoepke

Position title: Director of Special Projects, MMSD & UW

Email: jsschoepke@madison.k12.wi.us

Phone: UW-Madison Office: (608) 265-8255; MMSD Office: (608) 204-7804