Rebecca Vonesh Academy Program Director
Rebecca Vonesh leads an innovative team of curriculum designing teachers. Blending what she has learned over twenty years of classroom experience and extensive graduate work, she employs an iterative process to inspire continuous improvement. She brings the online Academy to The Center from UW Madison, and has working partnerships with a variety of universities, gifted organizations, and Wisconsin districts. Knowing that healthy school ecosystems honor and challenge student and teacher talent, she is inspired by the asset-focused approach of equitable talent identification, by the perspective-widening impact of academic debate between diverse perspectives, and by the thinking power our youth hold.

Susan OBrien SEE US! Grant Coordinator
Susan coordinates the SEE US! Javits Grant for MPS. The SEE US! purpose is to migrate disproportionality in the identification of advanced learners and provide opportunities for students based on their abilities and skills. Susan designs and delivers professional training to teachers at participating schools, supports classrooms, and develops programs for identified students. Susan began at MPS as a reading specialist teaching both reading intervention and literature for advanced learners. She became a district literacy leader in 2013 where she supported the implementation of the CLP, and supported teachers and school leaders to increase student achievement.

Abbie Fishman Advanced Academic Coach
Abbie primarily supports Advanced Placement and SpringBoard teachers, students, and coordinators with guidance, resources, modeling, and ideas. She also works as a consultant for the College Board using information she gains in that position to drive the work she does with our students in MPS and supports initiatives “the Center” as well. Abbie Fishman spent her storied career as an English teacher with Milwaukee Public Schools. Before becoming an IB then AP teacher, she worked as a substitute, at an alternative school. In addition to her passion for literature and composition she is dedicated to issues of equity and social justice and believes that a challenging curriculum is a vehicle for all our students to achieve their dreams.

Annalee Good Research Coordinator
An 8th grade social studies teacher before earning her master’s and doctoral degrees in Educational Policy Studies from UW-Madison, Annalee Good is an evaluator and researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Currently, she is co- director of the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative, and Director of the WCER Evaluation Clinic. Annalee supports many youth-serving organizations through culturally responsive evaluation in topics such as tutoring, and equitable access and outcomes in advanced learning opportunities. She has published and presented numerous papers on digital instructional tools, the instructional landscape, the role of tutoring in school reform, and the role of K- 12 teachers in public policy creation.

Martha Lopez Advanced Academic Coach
Martha Lopez is the Gifted and Talented Program Support Teacher at “the Center.” She works as an advocate for equity for English Learners and advanced learners. She teaches online courses for the Smart Spaces program to middle school advanced learners. She was a member of the MPS “Expanding Excellence” District Leadership team and currently is President-Elect of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted (WATG). She serves as Chairperson of its Membership Committee and Co-Chairperson of its Executive Committee.

David Robinson Development
David Robinson has produced media for curriculum and professional development since 1990. A multimedia specialist for over thirty years He has produced, developed and technical directed productions for stage, video and Internet. He has a degree in Media Marketing as well as certificates and endorsements in Broadcast Arts, Database Development and Social Media. He is also an accomplished visual artist, vocal artist, web developer animator and puppeteer. He has specialized in learning management system development and utilization since 2006. He has also taught, and designed courses in drawing and painting, animation, story development, character development and comic art.

Dorothy Schuller Advanced Academics Coach
Dorothy supports all Gifted and Talented programs within MPS including ALEKS, GT Camps, SENG parent discussion groups, and SpringBoard Math. She has worked with MPS for over thirty years as a middle school teacher, a Math Coach, and at “the Center.” What Dorothy enjoys most is having the opportunity to visit schools and work directly with staff members and students. She trains teachers on what giftedness is and helps parents navigate through resources and opportunities for their children is key for building relationships and ensuring advanced learning is taking place.

Carol Stein Consultant
Carol offers support to International Baccalaureate Schools in MPS through the Office of Advanced Academics. Carol has educational leadership experience in elementary, middle and high schools, regular and special education, public, private, urban and suburban settings. A leader in the development of International Baccalaureate Programs, she was instrumental in the growth of Ronald Reagan IB High School on Milwaukee’s south side. She led the implementation and authorization processes for both the IB Middle Years Programme and the Career-related Programme at Reagan and has been supporting successful authorization and evaluation efforts at several MPS schools.

Renee Stanley Secretary