Meet the team
I strive to develop partnerships with schools, administrators and teachers so we can collaborate to positively impact children. As an educational consultant for over 20 years, I bring a wealth of experience and resources to help educators with almost any challenge. I live in the Fox Valley with a my wife Elisa and two daughters Olivia (16) and Andie (14). Growing up in Wisconsin I have a good handle on our school systems, budgets, and educational priorities. I pride myself in taking the time to listen to your needs, understand your goals and recommend the right resources. If I don't have them, I'll refer you to someone that does.
Growing up in a family of teachers, I have always believed in the valuable and essential work done in the classroom. I have spent the last 8 years as a dedicated partner to the educators I work with, providing solutions to help them realize the goals they have set for their students' success. As a lifelong learner (and voracious reader) myself, I am deeply passionate about education in all of the forms it takes, and understand that instruction is not a "one size fits all" endeavor. I am committed to connecting you with the resources you need to build our future.
As the daughter of a teacher, I grew up in the classroom, so it was no surprise when I found myself following in those footsteps. As a teacher, I focused on engaging and empowering students to take control of their own learning—especially reading. I work closely to educators to collaboratively find both immediate and long-term strategies to maximize engagement through literacy. I'm also the mom of two young daughters, Mia (7) and Adaora (3), who are already self-proclaimed “readers” who adore stories and books of all kinds.
When I was young, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and a Mom. I have a degree in Exceptional Education with a Specialization in Emotional Disturbance. Over the course of 25 years I have taught in the Appleton Area School District as an Autism Specialist, stayed at home with my girls, worked as a Behavioral Consultant at a facility for children and adults with special needs, and a Parent Educator for a nonprofit organization. Working for Ahrens Education Group allows me to feel connected to education and family. I have two daughters; Olivia (19) attends UW-LaCrosse and Evelyn (16) is a Sophomore in high school. Last but not least, we have Rue (10), our German Short Haired Pointer.
Growing up in a large family of teachers, the importance and value of education was instilled in me from an early age. My passion for helping others led me to get a degree in Social Work, and while working in a women’s resource center I learned first-hand how important the access to quality education is to our communities. I passionately believe that everyone has a right to a proper, comprehensive education and I am grateful to be able to bring this belief to the work I do.