ECE4U Instructors

Patricia Shaw

Dr. Shaw has taught in the Curriculum and Instruction Department for 30 years mainly focusing on undergraduate and graduate literacy courses both face to face and online. Prior to coming to Whitewater Dr. Shaw taught undergraduate courses at the University of Northern Colorado for one year, 7-8th grade social studies and mathematics, and third grade. She has a doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado in elementary education/reading, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Southern Connecticut State University.

Anne Tillett

Anne Tillett earned her Masters of Science degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois. She has worked at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater since 2012, serving as the Assistant Coordinator of the ECE4U program, teaching courses, supervising teacher candidates, and co-directing the UW-Whitewater Children’s Center. Ms. Tillett currently serves as the Interim Coordinator of the ECE4U program. Prior to coming to Whitewater, she was part of the infant/toddler team at the Michigan Tech University Little Huskies Child Development Center in Houghton, Michigan.

Sharon M. Kolb

Sharon M. Kolb is a Professor in the Department of Special Educational at UW-Whitewater. Dr. Kolb received her Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin – Madison in Special Education with a minor in Educational Administration. She has taught special education and general education at the middle school level for 12 years prior to her start at UWW in 2000. Her research is in the area of working with parents and families, international partnerships and collaboration, and self-determination for students with disabilities. She has several publications in her area of research and presents her work at national, regional and international conferences. She teaches courses in the ECE4U program, ECE program and the Department of Special Education at UW-Whitewater.

Kathleen Happel

Kathleen Happel has been an instructor at The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching for the past 18 years. She was born and raised in New York City and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Health from Manhattan College in New York. Kathleen then went on the receive her Masters of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in Adapted Physical Education and Special Populations. She taught Specially Designed Physical Education in the La Crosse Public Schools for five years before moving to the Madison area. Kathleen then began teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is presently working on her Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She resides in Verona with her husband and four sons.

Carmen Rivers

Carmen Rivers received her Bachelor’s in ECE from UW-Milwaukee back in 1986, and her first professional teaching position was in a preschool program teaching 3-5 year olds. After a few years Ms. Rivers sought an Asst. Director then a served for a few more years in a Director/Administrator position in a small employer sponsored child care center. This led to a ten year position providing technical assistance to individuals wanting to start child care center (pre-licensing) as well as supporting family child care providers, directors and administrators to improve the quality of their programs as well as their business practices. During this time, Ms. Rivers attended classes at Carroll University, and took a position working for Playworks4Kids; a company that designed, built and installed naturalized outdoor learning environments for children. In this position, she took on a lot of the business/administrative responsibilities as well as sales/marketing, training/consulting and sometimes got to go out with the install playground and help install a play structure. Upon completion of her MAEd in Adult and Continued Education, Ms. Rivers was offered and accepted the position at UW-Whitewater as a Lecturer and have been teaching, supervising, and advising students since. She currently serve as the Program Coordinator, but will happily pass on that responsibility to someone else at the end of this academic year.

Terri Enters

Terri Enters has an undergraduate degree in special education from UW-Whitewater. She has taught in classrooms from ages 3 years olds to 21 year olds. Ms. Enters has 15 years’ experience of working in the Birth to 3 Program in Waukesha County with Lutheran Social Services. During that time she traveled internationally to work with orphanages and special needs programs in Russia. She has worked at a play based preschool and childcare program, and as a consultant for P.L.A.Y. Project Home, a parent consultation program for children with autism. Ms. Enters has given numerous presentations and trainings around the state of Wisconsin to a variety of early childhood professionals. She earned her master’s degree in Community Mental Health, and is currently employed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as the Part C Coordinator for the Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program. Terri Enters lives in Oconomowoc with her husband Steve. She is a mother of three wonderful children: Liz, Mike and Tom and the extremely proud grandmother of Mason.

Lisa Krejcarek

Lisa Krejcarek, associate lecturer, received her undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Her main interests are in early childhood education, curriculum and instruction, as well as education policies and community studies. Ms. Krejcarek’s current projects include integrating the Next Generation Science Standards into current curriculum, assisting teacher candidates in the state’s new licensing requirements, and supervising teacher candidates in their final stages of study. Ms. Krejcarek feels her role at the university is to set a good scholarly, and personal, example for her students. She believes that the model of responsible intellectual inquiry set by a teacher makes an enormous impact.

Brooke Winchell

Dr. Brooke Winchell is an assistant professor at The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. Her research interests revolve around preventing barriers to and promoting children to reach their maximum potential by improving upon evidence-based and recommended practices. She has worked with children from birth to age 8 who are at-risk for or diagnosed with emotional/behavioral disorders, for whom she has designed, implemented, and monitored behavioral interventions. Specifically, she has extensive experience administering, interpreting, and analyzing evaluation measures intended to improve developmental outcomes for children.

Mikaely Schmitz

Mikaely Schmitz earned her Masters of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Marquette University and her Master of Arts Degree in English as a Second Language / Second Language Acquisition from Western Governors University. She is a full time Assistant Professor at Concordia University Wisconsin in the Speech-Language Pathology program. Mikaely is also adjunct faculty at University of Wisconsin- Whitewater in the ECE4U Program and Viterbo University in the graduate school of education. Prior to her full time career in higher education, Mikaely practiced as a clinical speech pathologist in Milwaukee Public Schools for over 14 years. Her areas of interest include speech and language development and disorders within multicultural populations.

Contact Information:

Program Coordinator: Anne Tillett

Phone: 262-472-1833