Student & Alumni Support Specialist
Kelly Hayek, Student and Alumni Coordinator, has worked for the School of Education for the past 13 years. Initially, Kelly was a Career Consultant in the Education Portfolios and Career Services Office, where Kelly supported students in preparing to articulate their core values and goals for students as part of an agentive job search that named “right fit” as the desired outcome. During that time, Kelly began supporting students in developing their School of Education portfolios. The portfolios, which began in response to a Department of Public Instruction requirement, evolved over time into a space where students could explore their core values, identify important experiences, and reflect on their growth over time. In 2015, Kelly became Director of the School of Education Portfolio Project, a cross-programmatic project serving 18 cohorts in seven programs, impacting approximately 325 students per semester. Kelly supervised a five-person team of graduate students and collectively they designed portfolio sessions, writing protocol around five key themes, developed resources, and met with faculty and supervisors to ensure portfolio work was meeting program goals and was an extension of current programmatic work rather than an add-on. Kelly’s current role is housed in the Teacher Education Center, and she is excited about the opportunity to continue cross-programmatic connectivity through the various projects she is involved with. Kelly’s work includes: supporting students in portfolio and edTPA work, co-facilitating graduate student support focused on teacher educator identity development, providing alumni support through communication of professional development opportunities and survey distribution, and supporting the program revision process. Across her work, Kelly’s foundational commitment is to fortify existing relationships within the Teacher Education community and work to build new ones. Prior to her work in the School of Education, Kelly Hayek was a teacher, first as a language arts teacher in the Madison Metropolitan School District and then a Reading Specialist in the Sun Prairie Area School District. She also served as an instructor for two summers in the PEOPLE program and one summer with the College Access Program.