Teacher Appreciation Week

UW-Green Bay and WFRV team up to appreciate teachers

UW-Green Bay and WFRV are honoring local teachers that inspire, lead and impact area students in honor of Teacher appreciation Week! Submit a brief nomination description, which may include a supporting picture/image/drawing (optional) from local students.

Ten randomly selected teachers will be contacted and featured during Local 5 Live during National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7), (2 per day). In addition to on-air recognition, LaJava Roasting House will be providing our 10 randomly selected teachers with a giftbox of coffee/tea/snacks to thank them for a job well done!

UW-Green Bay Professor Shares His Story as a Hmong Refugee

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Growing up in the lush, isolated jungles of Southeast Asia, Pao Lor said it was hard to imagine a world beyond his village.“When you’re a little kid, everything is big. The trees are big. The mountains are big,” Lor said. “That’s all that you knew, and that’s all that you saw. You didn’t know what goes beyond the mountain that’s in front of you.”Thinking back on that time — tucked away from the people, cities, even wars beyond the mountains — feels “surreal,” said Lor, who now lives in Kimberly, Wis., and works as a professor at UW-Green Bay. But he’s spent a lot of time reflecting on those memories recently. Over the past few years, Lor has been working on a memoir about his childhood journey, which was published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. The memoir, “Modern Jungles: A Hmong Refugee’s Childhood Story of Survival,” recounts the first 14 years of Lor’s life, when he fled from his home in Laos to refugee camps in Thailand before eventually making his way to the U.S. Lor said he wanted to share insight into the Hmong American experience, one shared by nearly 50,000 people in Wisconsin, and capture some of the powerful memories from his youth.(Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press)“These memories have been playing in my head for a very long time,” Lor said.

Source: UW-Green Bay Professor Shares His Story as a Hmong Refugee

Pao Lor chronicles the Wisconsin Hmong refugee experience in ‘Modern Jungles’ – The NEWcomer

Dr. Pao Lor and his family fled the war-ravaged country of Laos when he was just five years old. After settling in Wisconsin in 1980, Lor had a fairly typical Green Bay upbringing of playing sports and looking up to icons such as Bart Starr and John Wooden.Lor, the Patricia Wood Baer Professor of Education at UW-Green Bay, cataloged his experiences navigating history, identity, and resettlement in the newly-published Wisconsin Historical Society Press memoir Modern Jungles: A Hmong Refugee’s Childhood Story of Survival. While Lor’s story is deeply personal, it also reflects a broader perspective on the refugee experience.

Source: Pao Lor chronicles the Wisconsin Hmong refugee experience in ‘Modern Jungles’ – The NEWcomer

Inclusive Reads & Conversations with UWGB Libraries in April: Pao Lor

UWGB Libraries’ April discussion With Pao Lor will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 12:15 p.m 1:00 p.m.

For the April reading, UWGB Prof. Pao Lor will be reading a chapter from his newly released memoir, Modern Jungles: A Hmong Refugee’s Childhood Story of Survival. You can download a PDF of the excerpts he will be reading this month here.

In Pao’s animistic world in the jungles of Laos, he was to one day become a farmer, fisherman, shaman, wedding negotiator, and tribal clan leader, but all that changed when the United States pulled out of the Secret War in Laos in 1975.  Set in the 1970s and 1980s, Pao, a member of an ethnic hill tribe called the Hmong, tells of his unlikeliest journey from his village in Laos and to the US.  Pao’s coming-of-age story is about survival, hope, perseverance, and dreams; a powerful brushstroke capturing the Hmong American experience and advances the transcendental reality that when a community is informed about all its everchanging cultural roots and recognizes, embraces, appreciates, and acknowledges all their existence and contributions, a community will change, thrive, and transform; and a homage to individuals, organizations, and communities that welcome and nurture oppressed and persecuted individuals around the world.

Pao Lor holds the Patricia Wood Baer Professorship in Education at UW-Green Bay, where he also chairs the Professional Program in Education. He has been writing about the Hmong American experience for many years.

If you are interested in attending, please sign-up to receive an Outlook calendar invitation for the event with a link to the meeting. UWGB Libraries will send a recording of the event to all who registered if you cannot attend live.

*If you need accommodation to attend this event, please contact Sarah Bakken at bakkens@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2666. All accommodation requests should be made no less than two weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date, but cannot guarantee they will be met.

Modern Jungles A Hmong Refugee's Childhood Story of Survival book cover with Author Pao Lor's portrait

April 14 event will promote memoir by Prof. Pao Lor

UW-Green Bay Archives, Lion’s Mouth Bookstore, and Wisconsin Historical Society Press are cohosting a virtual book talk at 7 p .m. April 14, 2021. It will be a Facebook live event. The book is UW-Green Bay Prof. Pao Lor’s (Education) new memoir, “Modern Jungles: A Hmong Refugee’s Childhood Story of Survival.” The event is free and open to the public.

Pao Lor
Pao Lor

Prof. Lor will sharing stories from the book of his harrowing journey out of Laos and to eventual resettlement in the U.S. The state historical society published the memoir as a way to help preserve and share the history of Hmong in Wisconsin. It’s an important and significant publication for what it contains, but also for the fact that it is written. There have been very few Hmong memoirs published anywhere in the U.S. 

Register for the event.


Education extends application deadline to April 1, 2021

The UW-Green bay Professional Program in Education has extended its deadline to April 1, 2021 for applications to the program. Students who are interested in pursuing an Education major or minor are encouraged to apply. Admissions criteria can be found on the Professional Program in Education website. Interested students may also contact the Education program for more information at education@uwgb.edu.

Data Science for Children: 10 Fun Tips to Get Started | Create & Learn

Lecturer Lauren Mauel (Education) has 10 fun tips to get children started in Data Science. “Data science for children can be intriguing, game-based, and fun! In our ever-changing world, data science is all around us. We can use data to predict trends in clothing, dining, or the weather.Since data is all about patterns, it is very important that we begin to teach young people how to analyze information. Because data science is vital to today’s economy, we are going to discuss how you can get your children involved in data science in a non-threatening way.This post will not only assist you to incorporate data science into your child’s daily routine, but also it will dismantle the stigma that analytics is merely for brilliant computer science majors. Everyone can learn about data and how to utilize the power of data for good.”

Source: Data Science for Children: 10 Fun Tips to Get Started | Create & Learn

UW-Green Bay alumni recognized for extraordinary efforts as 2021 Golden Apple Teachers of Distinction

UW-Green Bay graduates impact generations! Congratulations to the UW-Green Bay alumni selected as Teachers of Distinction in the first round of the Golden Apple Awards selection process. These outstanding teachers make a big impact on the students, parents and community. The teachers of Distinction and soon-to-be announced Golden Apple recipients will be honored at the 2021 Golden Apple Awards ceremony, televised on CW14 on Wednesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. and Fox 11 on Sunday, April 25, at 5 p.m.


  • Jessica Bernard, Nicolet Elementary School, Graduated in 2007 with B.S., Major: Elementary Education.
  • Chuck Bretl ’88 Algoma Elementary School, Human Development
  • Michael Charles ’10 Wilder Elementary School, M.S.L. in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning
  • Dan Dennis ’98 Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners, Elementary Education
  • Autumn Lensmire ’16, Luxemburg-Casco Primary School, Elementary Education
  • April Neuville ’04, Father Allouez Catholic School, Elementary Education
  • Rachel Stoddard ’06, Luxemburg-Casco High School, Biology
  • Jodi Sullivan ’98, Holy Cross Catholic School, Elementary Education
  • Danielle Wied ’13, Sunnyside Elementary School, Elementary Education


Lindsey Hilgemann ’10, Ashwaubenon High School Literacy Team, Graduated in 2010 with a B.A., Major: English, Minor: Secondary Education.

Jayme Shefchik ’06, Bay View Middle School Aquarius Team, Graduated in 2006 with a B.S., Major: Elementary Education, Minor: Psychology.

Mary Swinford, ’00, Bay View Middle School Aquarius Team, Certification in Elementary Education

Karen Kiefer ’97, The Academy Team of N.E.W. School of Innovation, History

Eric Seyler ’04, The Academy Team of N.E.W. School of Innovation, History

Tracy Wiedeman, ’00, Pulaski Community School District Full Online Learning Second Grade Team, Elementary Education.

Ryan Long, ’99, Webster Elementary Fifth-Grade Team, Elementary Education

*Additions or corrections should be sent to the Office of Alumni Relations.


A roadmap for school and career success in Peshtigo School District | News | ehextra.com

PESHTIGO—This year, Peshtigo students will be able to register online for their classes. Guidance counselor Angie Matykowski states, “COVID gave us a little push to get scheduling set-up online. We believe this helps students take more ownership and control of their future. We’re hoping that the online format sparks more discussion between students and parents at home, too.”In the past, Peshtigo students would look over the course catalog, and then select their courses with guidance, and support staff would enter the information. This is the time of year where students and school officials start thinking about the schedule, but the process is looking different. Guidance counselors continue to meet with students in small groups and individually to discuss and develop future course plans. Students are responsible for inputting their own course selections.

Newberry reminds everyone of Peshtigo’s Nursing Assistant and Introduction to Education programs as options in high school. Also, Peshtigo has five AP (Advanced Placement) classes as well as seventeen dual enrollment classes students may use to apply to post secondary college programs like NWTC and UW-Green Bay.

Source: A roadmap for school and career success in Peshtigo School District | News | ehextra.com