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Meet our Deans

Kim Helgestad

Kim Helgestad

Contact Via Phone:  608.751.0389
Contact Via Email:  khelgestad@janesville.k12.wi.us

Kim Helgestad accepted the position of Dean of Students during the Summer of 2020. She has worked as an advisor and social studies teacher at TAGOS since the Summer of 2016.  Kim has a Bachelor of Science in Education from UW-Whitewater and is certified in Broadfield Social Studies and Alternative Education.

After graduating from UW-Whitewater in 2013, Kim worked as an alternative education teacher at Rock River Charter School. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Administrative Leadership through UW-Milwaukee.

Kim is passionate about project based learning and believes that the use of this model of instruction has the power to facilitate the growth of students who are prepared for college, career, and life success. Kim is committed to building positive relationships with students and believes in educating the whole child, addressing social, emotional, and academic components of achievement.

Her knowledge of creating trauma-sensitive schools, Mental Health First Aide certification, background in project based learning, and passion for individualized education make Kim an ideal member of the TAGOS community. 

Marianne McGuire

Marianne McGuire

Contact Via Phone:  608.751.0389
Contact Via Email:  mmcguire@janesville.k12.wi.us

Marianne McGuire graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with an undergraduate degree in Special Education in 2000 and a Master’s Degree in Special Education in 2009.  Marianne accepted the role of Dean of Students in August of 2020.  At TAGOS, she has been an advisor and special education case manager since August of 2015. Prior to TAGOS, she taught Special Education at Marshall Middle School for 15 years.  Her experience in Special Education includes Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, and students involved in the district’s Alternative Program. 

Marianne believes in helping students develop the knowledge and skills they need to be successful after high school.  Education should reflect students' individual needs while guiding them to embrace their passions and unique qualities.  She sees the importance of connecting students with their community and the necessity of students being prepared for college and career readiness.  Marianne strives to help students become responsible and confident problem solvers. 

She is committed to teaching students to develop their intrinsic motivation by helping them pursue projects that reflect who they are as learners.