Staff

  • Meet Our Team

    • Abby Andrietsch
      Executive Director

      Abby Andrietsch

      Executive Director

      Abby works with our Leadership Team and Board of Directors to set our strategy, keep us on track, and make sure we have the time, talent, and resources in place to execute our vision.

      Prior to co-founding Schools That Can Milwaukee in 2010 with veteran school turnaround expert Kole Knueppel, Abby was Vice President of Finance & Administration for INCOVA Technologies, a subsidiary of HUSCO International. Before that, Abby worked as the Director of Policy and Programs at The Doris & Donald Fisher Fund in San Francisco. She has also held positions with the Broad Foundation and Robert W. Baird & Company.

      Abby has a B.S. in Commerce with a concentration in Finance from the University of Virginia, and both a M.B.A. and M.A. in Education from Stanford University. She is a member of TEMPO Milwaukee, Alverno College’s Board of Trustees, HUSCO International’s Board of Advisors, and the United Community Center’s Education Committee.

      Abby and her husband, Omar, are kept constantly moving by their beautiful daughters, Page and Emma.

    School Leadership Coaching Team

    • April Knox
      Managing Director of School Support

      April Knox

      Managing Director of School Support

      April leads and develops our team of School Leadership Coaches. As a member of our Leadership Team, April is responsible for managing all of our school support efforts.

      April came to Schools That Can Milwaukee from Uplift Education, where she planned and managed the opening of three new schools in Fort Worth, Texas. Before Uplift, April was the Regional Vice-President of the Midwest Region with Lighthouse Academies, where she managed instructional and operational programs and coached school Principals in Illinois and Wisconsin. Prior to that, she founded Bronzeville Lighthouse Charter School and led the school from 52% to 79% proficiency on the Illinois state assessment.

      April has a B.A. in Psychology/Sociology from Drake University, a M.S. in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University, and a M.S. in School Leadership from National Louis University.

      April is the mother to an amazing pair of twins.

    • Susan Sprenger
      School Leadership Coach

      Susan Sprenger

      School Leadership Coach

      Susan is passionate about effective and engaging teacher professional development and coaching, and curriculum planning and assessment. She coaches school leaders to seamlessly incorporate these practices into their school’s instructional culture.

      Susan came to STCM with 12 years of teaching and leadership experience in urban schools, serving as a classroom teacher, teacher coach, and instructional leader in Milwaukee schools.

      Susan has a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a post-baccalaureate teacher certificate and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. She is a licensed educator and administrator.

      Susan lives on the East Side of Milwaukee with her husband, TJ, and their three daughters.

    • Becky Owens
      School Leadership Coach

      Becky Owens

      School Leadership Coach

      Becky supports school leaders with their academic vision by defining their achievement “North Stars,” analyzing their progress to goals using school data, and executing their teacher support and development initiatives.

      Becky started her education career teaching in the South Bronx, and has spent the last decade teaching over 200 students and developing more than 50 teachers. She has served in many leadership roles at turnaround schools and high-performing charter networks, including Achievement First and Rocketship. Prior to joining Schools That Can Milwaukee, Becky was Manager of Teacher Leadership for Teach For America – San Jose. At TFA, Becky supported 30 teachers across 10 traditional district and charter schools and created professional development for more than 180 teachers.

      Becky has a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a M.S. in Teaching from Pace University, and a Coaching Certificate for Beginning Teacher Support and Assessments from the REACH Institute for School Leadership.

      In her free time, Becky enjoys hiking, farmer’s markets, and traveling.

    • Andy Vitrano
      School Leadership Coach

      Andy Vitrano

      School Leadership Coach

      Andy helps school leaders bring their visions to fruition. He guides leaders through implementing “good to great” strategies and change processes, with a heavy emphasis on human capital and relationship building.

      Prior to becoming a member of the Schools That Can Milwaukee team, Andy was a teacher and administrator in Milwaukee Public Schools. Most recently, he served as principal within the high-performing Milwaukee College Prep charter school network. As school leader of MCP’s Lloyd Street campus, Andy helped create a vibrant climate and culture in what was once a struggling school community.

      Andy earned a B.A. in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Marian University. He is also an alum of the New Leaders for New Schools initiative.

      Andy and his wife Jenny have three amazing children.

    • Rashida Evans
      School Leadership Coach

      Rashida Evans

      School Leadership Coach

      Rashida supports school leaders in executing their vision to close the achievement gap and send Milwaukee’s students to and through college.

      Rashida has worked in school leadership for the past 12 years as school turnaround principal, district administrator, academic director, and dean of students.  She is most proud of her seven years as an elementary school teacher, and for her work at a school that was honored as Charter School of the Year under her leadership.

      Rashida has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, a M.S. in Education Counseling from Concordia University – Mequon, and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from National Louis University – Wheeling Campus via KIPP.

      Rashida’s daughters, Olivia and Lauryn, keep her very busy. Together they are always laughing along with her husband, Terry, the lonely man of the family.

    • Arianne Kailas-Stern
      School Leadership Coach

      Arianne Kailas-Stern

      School Leadership Coach

      Arianne helps school leaders create capacity within their schools and build nurturing, rigorous, and engaging learning environments for students, teachers, and leaders.

      Arianne began her career as a Teach For America corps member teaching both 5th and 2nd grade in the South Bronx. Arianne then took on a school leadership role as the Assistant Head of Lower School at the Bank Street School for Children.

      Arianne has a B.A. in Psychology and French from Emory University, a M.S. in Elementary Education from Pace University, and a M.S. in School Leadership from Bank Street College.

      In her spare time Arianne enjoys reading, swimming, and watching football with her husband, Ross.

    • Jennifer Lopez
      School Leadership Coach

      Jennifer Lopez

      School Leadership Coach

      Jennifer supports school leaders and school leadership teams to strategically plan and execute their school turnaround efforts.

      Prior to joining STCM, Jennifer served as the Managing Director, Strategic Growth for Generation Teach, where she scaled summer teaching fellowships in partnership with district and charter schools in Boston and Denver. Before that, Jennifer worked as Chief of Staff at UP Education Network, as Director in the Sacramento City Unified School District, and as a middle school administrator and teacher.

      Jennifer has a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Occidental College and her M.A. in School Administration and Policy from Loyola Marymount University. She is an alumna of Teach For America.

      In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading, running, and exploring her new home in the Midwest with her husband, Nic.

    • Cassie Scheidegger
      Manager of School Support

      Cassie Scheidegger

      Manager of School Support

      Cassie supports our team of School Leadership Coaches, and also crunches our numbers so we can understand how to make an even bigger impact.

      Cassie’s experience working and leading in the education non-profit sector began with two years of service as a full-time AmeriCorps volunteer with City Year in Washington D.C. and Milwaukee, before she joined the City Year Milwaukee staff. As a Program Manager, Cassie managed teams of 8-10 AmeriCorps members yearly as they served as tutors, mentors, and role model in Milwaukee Public Schools. In her role as an Impact Director, Cassie supervised the day-to-day programmatic operations, relationship management, and achievement of service outcomes across six City Year partner schools, including managing six full-time staff members.

      Cassie has a B.A. in Political Science/History from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

      In her free time, Cassie loves to run, read, and travel.

    • Molly Long
      School Support Assistant

      Molly Long

      School Support Assistant

      Molly supports our team of School Leadership Coaches. In particular, she helps to ensure all trainings, events, and Collaboratives are excellent learning opportunities for our leaders.

      Molly is a student at Marquette University, where she is pursuing a degree in business. Before college, graduated from Divine Savior Holy Angels High School.

      In her free time, Molly loves spending time with her family and friends. At Marquette, she is a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and also a part of Midnight Run, a campus service club.

    School Leadership Recruitment & Development Team

    • Laura DeRoche
      Managing Director of Talent

      Laura DeRoche

      Managing Director of Talent

      Laura oversees our talent work, ensuring that STCM network schools have high-quality, well-prepared, right-fit leaders. Laura is a member of our Leadership Team.

      Before joining Schools That Can Milwaukee, Laura supported principals in the Monona Grove School District as they worked to close their schools’ achievement gaps. Prior to that, she led a charter school initiative at the Urban League of Greater Madison that brought unprecedented awareness to the issue of educational inequity in Dane County. Laura spent the first nine years of her career as a secondary ELL/English teacher and instructional coach in traditional district, charter, and private schools in California and overseas.

      Laura has a B.A. in English from Pomona College and a M.S. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

      Laura likes to play tennis and undertake DIY projects on her 1917 bungalow.

    • Stephanie Maney
      Director of Leadership Development

      Stephanie Maney

      Director of Leadership Development

      Stephanie directs the principal licensure program we operate with Alverno College, identifying high-potential leaders and developing them through a blend of rigorous study, coaching, and field experience.

      Prior to joining Schools That Can Milwaukee, Stephanie was a teacher and administrator in Milwaukee Public Schools. Most recently, she served as Director of School Turnaround. Her prior roles included teaching elementary and middle school children, 10 years as assistant principal at the Milwaukee Sign Language School and School of Languages, and 4 years as principal at Jeremiah Curtin Leadership Academy.

      Stephanie earned her B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. Currently Stephanie is working toward her PhD. in Leadership, Learning, Service, and Research at Cardinal Stritch University.

      Stephanie, her husband Joe (a retired School Administrator) and their two daughters reside in Milwaukee.

    • Steve Angeli
      Manager of Recruitment

      Steve Angeli

      Manager of Recruitment

      Steve identifies and recruits high-quality, well-prepared, right-fit leaders locally and nationwide to lead in our network schools.

      Steve joined Schools That Can Milwaukee following 5 years at Carmen Schools of Science & Technology where he served first as a teacher and then as Special Assistant to the Head of Schools. In that role, Steve spearheaded efforts to expand access to Carmen schools for more students, recruited passionate teachers, and supported multiple other mission-critical projects.

      Steve has a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a M.S. in Educational Policy & Leadership from Marquette University.

      In his free time, Steve likes to be outside. He’s in his element when playing non-competitive sports and games or exploring the great outdoors.

    • Jessica Luehring
      Talent & Recruitment Associate

      Jessica Luehring

      Talent & Recruitment Associate

      Jessica supports our work to recruit and grow great school leadership talent through a variety of project management tasks. She provides support to our leadership development programs and talent recruitment efforts through program content creation, execution, and evaluation.

      Prior to joining STCM, Jessica spent 5 years at Atonement Lutheran School. As College Prep Director, Jessica developed and led a program to prepare and assist low-income middle and high school students to pursue a college-prep track in high school. She was also a member of Atonement’s Leadership Team, focusing on staff culture and wellness. Previously, Jessica has served in schools in Michigan, Wisconsin, and California in a range of roles.

      Jessica has a B.S. in Health & Wellness Management from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

      Jessica, her husband Shaun, and their three awesome kiddos live in Milwaukee, where Jessica enjoys taking on many home improvement projects.

    Organizational Support Team

    • Mitzi Keel
      Chief of Staff

      Mitzi Keel

      Chief of Staff

      Mitzi manages the team of people who keep things running smoothly. A member of our Leadership Team, Mitzi takes the lead on team-wide operations and our development strategy, and also handles day-to-day management of our Board of Directors.

      Mitzi has 9 years of experience working in education non-profit recruitment, operations, and fundraising. Prior to joining Schools That Can Milwaukee, Mitzi worked for Teach For America recruiting corps members and staff members. She also coordinated operations for TFA’s 2009 and 2010 training institutes in Chicago. In 2010, Mitzi became the Director of Development and Community Partnerships for TFA-Milwaukee. Mitzi was also the key project manager at TFA for the first GROW in MILWAUKEE event hosted by TFA and STCM in 2014.

      Mitzi has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas.

      In her free time, Mitzi sings in the choir at the Basilica of Saint Josaphat.

    • Isral DeBruin
      Director of Communications

      Isral DeBruin

      Director of Communications

      Isral tells our story in ways that engage the community in our work. He is also a member of our Leadership Team.

      Prior to joining Schools That Can Milwaukee, Isral taught upper elementary students at La Causa Charter School, initially as a Teach For America corps member and later as an after-school tutor and long-term substitute. Before joining TFA, Isral was an award-winning education reporter covering suburban school districts for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s NOW Newspapers.

      Isral has a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a M.Ed. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University. He is also a licensed educator.

      Isral and his wife, Joanna, are working to renovate a 100-year-old house in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood.

    • Samantha Bronson
      Office Assistant

      Samantha Bronson

      Office Assistant

      Samantha supports our entire team through a variety of office management tasks.

      Samantha came to Schools That Can Milwaukee from the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland. At this fast-paced hunger relief organization, she coordinated a 30% increase in volunteers – from 13,000 to 17,000 individuals – over the course of just one year. Samantha has more than five years of administrative experience and seven years of experience working in education, working directly with students from kindergarten through graduate school.

      Samantha has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation with an emphasis on Gender, Ecology, and Society from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

      In her free time, Samantha is a life-long learner who enjoys being in nature and practicing yoga. Her 3-year old daughter, Aurora, keeps her and her partner Brandon on their toes!

    • Elizabeth O'Hara
      Development Assistant

      Elizabeth O'Hara

      Development Assistant

      Elizabeth organizes and supports our development efforts so that we can continue to grow our impact on Milwaukee.

      Elizabeth joined the team at Schools That Can Milwaukee in fall of 2014 as an intern while she was a student at Alverno College. During her time in school, Elizabeth was very involved with Circle K, served as a Resident Hall Assistant, and sang in the Alverno Chamber Choir. Upon graduating in May 2015, Elizabeth joined our team full-time.

      Elizabeth has a B.A. in Community Leadership and Development from Alverno College.

      In her free time, you can catch Elizabeth at the ice rink, practicing jumps and spins!