Teaching & Learning Staff

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Christy Reveles, Ed.D.

Director of Teaching & Learning

Phone: 608-261-1169
Email: christy.reveles@wisc.edu
Christy Reveles provides strategic vision and direction for WIDA's Teaching & Learning Department. Prior to her role as Director, Christy served in a consultant capacity to WIDA in the development of instructional coaching programs designed to support teachers as they develop expertise in assessment literacy and implement best practices in their classrooms with English language learners. Read more
Jen Byrns

Jen Aleckson

Assistant Director of Professional Development Programs

Phone: 608-890-1812
Email: jaleckson@wisc.edu

Jennifer Aleckson
leads many of the WIDA professional learning programs, which include CLIMBS, LADDER, Professional Certification for Trainers, professional learning academies, and WIDA for Teacher Education. Read more
Andrea Cammilleri

Andrea Cammilleri

Assistant Director of Educator Resources

Phone: 608-890-1662
Email: acammilleri@wisc.edu

In her role, Andrea Cammilleri has led or participated in the development of many resources for educators of language learners, including English and Spanish language development standards, Can Do Descriptors, Focus Bulletins, videos, online modules, as well as face-to-face learning opportunities. Read more
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Justine Kolb

Assistant Director of Professional Development Delivery

Phone: 608-262-1571
Email: justine.kolb@wisc.edu
Justine Kolb directs Delivery in professional development for WIDA. She is an experienced professional development specialist in the areas of Second Language Acquisition, Common Core State Standards, and Sheltered Instruction Observational Protocol (SIOP). Read more

Jon Nordmeyer

Assistant Director of International Professional Development

Phone: 608-263-4776
Email: jon.nordmeyer@wisc.edu

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Jon Nordmeyer is the Director of International Programs at WIDA. He has been an educator for 25 years and has worked as a teacher and learning coach in international schools in Ecuador, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Turkey, China and Thailand. Read more.
Lindy Anderson

Lindy Anderson

Media Specialist

Phone: 608-263-4541
Email: lindy.anderson@wisc.edu
Lindy Anderson is a video producer for WIDA, in the organization’s Teaching and Learning Department. Lindy is responsible for developing video content for the WIDA website and WIDA products, with a focus on creating teacher resources and supports for educators of English language learners.
Julia Cortada

Julia Cortada

Educator Resource Developer

Phone: 608-890-4918
Julia Cortada helps create WIDA's Focus Bulletin along with various other print and multimedia resources pertaining to the WIDA ELD standards and assessment system. Prior to joining WIDA, she has been a preschool teacher, a kindergarten teacher, an English Language Acquisition specialist, and has combined her love of education and travel by teaching abroad. Read more
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Jessica Costa, Ph.D.

Professional Development Outreach Specialist

Email: jessica.costa@wisc.edu
Jessica Costa's ten years of teaching experience have been devoted to helping students learn and communicate well in a new language. When not creating active and engaging learning environments for her middle school students, she stayed busy teaching adults English in the evening, providing professional development for content teachers on how to integrate the WIDA standards into their instruction, and growing her own professional skills. Read more
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Jennifer Daniels, Ed.D.

Professional Development Outreach Specialist

Phone: 970-424-4091
Email: jen.daniels@wisc.edu
Grand Junction, CO
Jen Daniels helps educators strengthen their practices and systems for English learners through the use of the WIDA Standards Framework. Jen holds a master's in curriculum and instruction and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies. Read more
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Troy Dassler

Professional Development Outreach Specialist

Phone: 608-262-1612
Email: tmdassler@wisc.edu
Troy Dassler has 17 years of experience in ESL/Bilingual Education. He has done unit and lesson plan development work funded through the National Science Foundation on bringing cutting-edge science to all students in k-12 formal and informal settings. He is also part of the national implementation team for the Next Generation Science Standards. Read more
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Jamie DeGracia

Educator Resource Developer

Phone: 608-890-1020
Email: jamie.degracia@wisc.edu
Jamie DeGracia is an Educator Resource Developer. Her duties include the development of Focus bulletins and content for online training modules used in online teacher training, as well as assisting in the organization-wide deployment of ACCESS 2.0, and facilitating online learning opportunities for educators to collaborate. Read more.
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Amy Faust Fraser

Professional Development Delivery Specialist

Email: amy.faustfraser@wisc.edu
Chanhassen, MN
Amy Faust Fraser has been both an ESL and classroom teacher. She spent 11 years as a classroom teacher in southern California, where she was trained in SIOP. Amy then returned to Minnesota and has been working as an instructional coach and most recently as RtI Coordinator. Read more
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Leslie Grimm

Educator Resource Development Team Lead

Phone: 608-890-4522
Email: leslie.grimm@wisc.edu
Leslie Grimm provides a vision for the creation of educational resources that impact the academic and linguistic advancement of language learners. She leads a dynamic team in the creation of asynchronous professional development resources that bring our WIDA English Language Development Standards and assessments to life in the contexts of consortium members. Read more
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Lori Hanna

Professional Development Delivery Specialist

Email: lori.hanna@wisc.edu
Osage Beach, MO
Lori Hanna has 15 years of experience in the field of education in both the private and public school systems in Missouri. Teaching in the elementary classroom setting and then as an English language development specialist in grades K-12 has given Lori an understanding of the demands that teachers face in supporting the learning needs of all students. Read more
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Paige Joncich

Professional Development Delivery Coordinator

Phone: 608-262-1613
Email: paige.joncich@wisc.edu
Paige Joncich organizes Professional Development activities within the Consortium alongside the PD Delivery Manager and PD Programs Coordinator. She collaborates with state and local education representatives to project and implement short and long-term PD goals. Read more
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Amy King

Professional Development Outreach Specialist

Email: amy.king@wisc.edu
Amy Suzanne King first discovered her passion for working with English learners as a volunteer literacy tutor in Washington, DC. As a result of this experience, her plan to travel the world as a foreign correspondent was altered forever. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of English teaching and adult learning in this country and abroad. Read more
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Andrea Kreuzer

Professional Development Programs Coordinator

Phone: 608-262-8346
Email: amkreuzer@wisc.edu
Andrea Kreuzer coordinates professional development programs within the consortium alongside the PD Programs Manager and PD delivery staff. She works specifically on the LADDER for Language Learners program, the CLIMBS program, and the PD Academies. Read more
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Rachel Maske

Administrative Specialist

Phone: 608-263-4220
Rachel Maske coordinates and provides administrative support for WIDA activities. This includes planning and organizing WIDA conferences and workshops and completing travel and consultant reimbursements for staff and WIDA partners. Rachel holds a BS degree in General Science from Palmer College of Chiropractic.
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Allyson Newton

Professional Development Delivery Specialist

Email: allyson.newton@wisc.edu
Charlotte, NC
Allyson Newton serves as a Professional Development Outreach Specialist for WIDA. In her home state of North Carolina, she taught K-8 ESL, middle school ELA and served as a SIOP instructional coach for a local district. Allyson also previously worked as an ELL Content Delivery Specialist with Pearson North America. Read more
Melissa Paton

Melissa Paton

Professional Development Outreach Specialist

Phone: 608-890-3501
Email: mpaton@wisc.edu
Melissa Paton's fifteen years of teaching experience have been devoted to working solely with students with diverse linguistic backgrounds and to helping all teachers build their capacity for developing students' language acquisition. Her focus at WIDA is to bring the WIDA ELD Standards to life in the classroom. She has collaborated on the FLARE Project and is the Professional Certification for Trainers program manager. Read more
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Kristina Robertson

Professional Development Outreach Specialist

Email: kristina.robertson@wisc.edu
Apple Valley, MN
Kristina Robertson's dream is to create a system of equity in education for ELLs through quality instruction and increased access to challenging learning opportunities. In joining WIDA, she has found a way to bring her skills and passion to multiple states and help build this dream. She has licenses in K-12 ESL, Reading, and Administration. Read more
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Amanda Spalter, Ph.D.

Professional Development Programs Specialist

Phone: 608-890-4378
Amanda Spalter started at WIDA in 2006, primarily focusing on data literacy. She now manages LADDER, a 12-18 month program, which includes work on materials development, implementation, and evaluation. Amanda has delivered ongoing professional development to district coaches and school-based leadership teams to help them use data to improve programming and instruction for ELLs. Learn more
Julie Taylor

Julie Taylor

eLearning Specialist

Phone: 608-890-4377
Email: julie.taylor@wisc.edu
Julie Taylor's focus is on researching, planning, and overseeing film and online development projects. She spent 22 years teaching a variety of grade levels in Special Education with an emphasis on Reading and Language. For the last 12 years, she has been working as an Instructional Designer of eLearning and face-to-face professional development for teachers and the federal government. Read more
Jennifer Wilfrid

Jennifer Wilfrid

Educator Resource Developer

Phone: 608-890-4637
Email: jennifer.wilfrid@wisc.edu
Jennifer Wilfrid's focus at WIDA is to develop and deliver professional development that helps educators and administrators respond to the unique needs of students navigating school across diverse linguistic and cultural contexts. She is currently working on revisions to the CLIMBS program and developing resources for higher education instructors. Read more


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Margot Downs

Senior Professional Development Consultant

Phone: 207-756-9246
Email: mdowns@wisc.edu
Portland, ME
Margot Downs' interest is in using WIDA's comprehensive instruction and assessment system to meet student needs by building strong collaborative relationships between educators of all disciplines. Margot brings to the professional development team 20 years of experience which includes ESL/EFL K-12 teaching, curriculum development, and teacher training. Read more