Experts in Education — Pre-K12


Sara Burmeister, Clinical Assistant Professor

Sara BurmeisterCollege of Education

Expertise: Educational leadership and administration; curricular and instructional development and evaluation; strategic planning and mobilizing for change; coaching and providing feedback to supervises

Media: Print, Radio

Office Phone: (414) 288-7292


Alan Burkard, Chair/Professor

Alan BurkardCounselor Education and Counseling Psychology

Expertise: School Counseling Programs in K-12 schools, Academic and Career and Personal-social Concerns, Cultural Issues in Counseling and Clinical Supervision, Program Evaluation and Reform of School Counseling Programs

Office Phone: (414) 288-3434


Mary Carlson, Clinical Associate Professor

Mary CarlsonEducational Policy and Leadership

Expertise: Special Education, Teacher Training, Mentoring

Office Phone: (414) 288-4548
Home Phone: (414) 963-1768


Sharon Chubbuck, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Sharon ChubbuckEducational Policy and Leadership

Expertise: Multicultural Education, Critical Literacy, Secondary Language Arts in Multicultural Settings, Teaching for Social Justice, Peace Education/Non-violence

Office Phone: (414) 288-5895
Home Phone: (414) 774-1052
Mobile Phone: (414) 378-0250


Ellen Eckman, Associate Professor/Chair

Ellen EckmanEducational Policy and Leadership

Expertise: Teacher Education, Women Administrators (High School Principals)

Office Phone: (414) 288-1561
Home Phone: (414) 964-6188


Melissa Gibson, Assistant Professor

Melissa GibsonCollege of Education

Expertise: Social studies, history, and civic education; teacher education; racism and anti-racism in schooling; democratic schooling; history of U.S. education; diverse school communities

Office Phone: (414) 288-1421


Jon Jensen, Associate Professor Emeritus

Jon JensenOpus College of Engineering

Expertise: School/University Partnerships in Engineering, Enrollment Issues, Project Lead the Way

Office Phone: (414) 288-6720
Home Phone: (414) 476-7254


Rev. Jeffrey LaBelle, S.J., Assistant Professor

Rev. Jeffrey LaBelle, S.J.Educational Policy and Leadership
Rector of the Jesuit Community

Expertise: Education and Social Issues, English Language Learners, Second Language Acquisitions, Immigrant Learners

Office Phone: (414) 288-7380
Home Phone: (414) 288-5051
Mobile Phone: (414) 208-8480


Jill McNew-Birren, Associate Professor

Dr. Jill McNew-BirrenCollege of Education

Expertise: Science Education, Public Engagement with Science, Environmental Policy, Civic Engagement 

Contact: (414) 288-3892

Maura Moyle, Associate Professor

Maura MoyleSpeech Pathology and Audiology

Expertise: Language and Literacy, Special Education

Office Phone: (414) 288-1408
Mobile Phone: (414) 550-4900


Leigh van den Kieboom, Associate Professor and Associate Dean

Leigh van den KieboomEducational Policy and Leadership

Expertise: K-12 mathematics teacher preparation, early childhood, elementary, and middle school mathematics, using a sense-making approach to teaching and learning mathematics

Office Phone: (414) 288-1429


Gabriel Velez, Assistant Professor

Gabriel VelezDepartment of Educational Policy and Leadership

Expertise: How adolescents and youth respond to educational experiences as part of their identity development; how young people experience school-based restorative justice, peace education, and the transition to college; and equity and inclusion in the college-going process, the college transition, and college experience.

Office Phone: (414) 288-4610

Julissa Ventura, Assistant Professor

Julissa VenturaDepartment of Educational Policy & Leadership

Expertise: K-12: Experiences of Latinx Students; Experiences of immigrant students and families; Student Voice and Leadership / Community-based education: The role and impact of community educators; Power of Educational Spaces outside of schools

Office Phone: (414) 288-5992

Ann Herrera Ward, Student Supervisor

Department of Educational Policy and Leadership

Expertise: Democracy Education; Discussing presidential elections at home and at school; K-12 civic education.