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Art teacher, Susan Dupor, showing students locations on a map.

Susan Dupor

Position: Art Teacher

Accolades:

  • Featured on March 2016 cover of DeafLife Magazine
  • Painted mural, titled NAD: A Growing Democracy, which hangs in NAD office
  • Master of Science in Deaf Education and Art Education, University of Rochester and NTID
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art Institute of Chicago

 

Male basketball coach pointing toward the camera with female player in the background.

Matthew Eby

Position: Athletic Director, Coach

Accolades:

  • Coach of the Year, 2014, NDIAA
  • Deaf Football World Chamionships, 2008 & 2012
  • U.S. Men's Deaf National Soccer Team, 2003-2012
  • Pan American Games for the Deaf, 2011
  • Deaflympics, 2005 & 2009
  • Real Maryland F.C. Professional Soccer Team, 2007-2008
  • Gallaudet University Male Athlete of the Year, 2007 
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, National University
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Athletic Coaching, Gallaudet University

 

Teacher, Rebecca Epple, helping a student work on the computer.

Rebecca Epple 

Position: Teacher

Accolades:

  • Established, designed and coordinated Deaf ASL/LSF Immersion Study Abroad Program to France for UW-Milwaukee, 2017
  • French class partnership with Bordeaux France Deaf school for semester long Skype and video exchange, lessons, and collaboration, 2017
  • French movie award for Bordeaux Deaf School documentary in collaboration with Deaf French movie company, 2015
  • Developed educational foreign exchange program for students
  • Master of Arts in Deaf Education, Gallaudet University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Math and Science Endorsement K-8, and English, Western Michigan University

 

Female staff member presenting to middle school students sitting in foreground

Nell Fleming

Position: Librarian

Accolades:

  • Americorps VISTA Librarian, 2009-2012
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies in Library Science, University of Illinois
  • Master of Library Science in Library and Information Science, University of Illinois
  • Bachelor of Science in Deaf Education, Illinois State University

 

Female staff member sitting with students during awards ceremony

Constance Gartner

Position: Director of Instruction

Accolades:

  • Gartner, C., Meredith, K., & Williamson, K. (2017). Skynet junior scholars: Authentic astronomy for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Science Scope, 40 (7), 57-64.
  • Gartner, C. (2012). The last American deaf school (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Kehl, K. & Gartner, C. (2010). Can you hear me now? The experience of a deaf family member surrounding the death of loved ones. Palliative Medicine, 24 (1), 88-93.
  • Astronomy Airborne Ambassador, Cycle 1. (2013). NASA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision, Gallaudet University
  • Master of Science in Linguistics, Gallaudet University
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Deaf Education, Bowling Green State University 

 

Male elementary student on left, female teacher asking question on the right.

Karla Gunn 

Position: Teacher

Accolades:

  • Education Advocate, National Association of the Deaf

 

Middle school teacher instructing at blackboard, with student in foreground.

Heather Martens

Position: Teacher 

Accolades:

 

Science teacher, Matthew Palma, standing in front of classroom with students in foreground.

Matthew Palma

Position: Teacher

Accolades:

  • Delavan-Darien High School Head Swim Coach
  • Ironman Wisconsin Finisher, 2015
  • Peace Corps, November 2008 - March 2011
  • Master of Science in Sports Administration, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

 

Football coach surrounded by four football players in huddle.

Shannon Simon

Position: Physical Education Teacher, Coach  

Accolades:

  • Atlantic Collegiate Football Conference First-Time, 1988
  • Football NCAA Division III All-American First-Team, 1987

  

Female staff member embracing female student and posing for photo

Polly Slappey

Position: Behavior Specialist

Accolades:

  • Member of Pupil Services Team
  • Provides Dog Therapy as part of counseling program
  • Started Special Olympics at WSD
  • Girl Scout Leader and Volunteer at WSD for many years
  • Graduate Coursework, Education of Deaf with Additional Disabilities
  • Master of Arts, Special Education
  • Bachelor of Science, Special Education