Middle/High School Business Teacher
Hometown: She grew up in Cassville but currently resides in Platteville.
High School graduated from: Cassville
College: Valerie earned her Bachelors from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Communication Technologies with an emphasis in Broadcast Production and a minor in Business. She went on to receive her Masters from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Business Administration with a double emphasis in Finance and Management.
Previous employment: Most recently, Valerie was the Middle/High School Business and Information Technology Teacher at Cassville. She has also worked as the Director of Administration and Finance Director for the City of Platteville.
Family: Valerie and her husband, David, have two children (Eli – 10, Ivy – 7) and a goldendoodle named Lola.
Hobbies/free time interests: Valerie‘s favorite hobby is cheering on her kids in all the different activities they are involved in. She is very competitive and loves to play volleyball. Valerie also enjoy reading and finding deals on Amazon!
What attracted you to apply in #PointerNation?: Valerie states she was impressed by Mineral Point’s strong community partnerships and its involvement in work-based-learning initiatives. She firmly believes in the importance of connecting classroom learning to real-world experiences. Valerie is excited to work for a school that has a reputation for fostering a love of learning among students, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with/learn from highly motivated and dedicated colleagues.
Quotable: “I want to make a difference. I always tell people, ‘If students leave school knowing at least one person cared about them, I’ve done my job.’ I feel students thrive most in an environment where they feel safe, feel comfortable sharing ideas, feel included, and feel that they matter. I am a huge advocate of relationship building. As a teacher, I work hard to break down the barriers that prohibit learning. I want my students to feel valued and that I truly care about them as individuals.”