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Stephanie Davis, Dean of Students

Stephanie Davis, Dean of Students

Stephanie Davis has a BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2005), a BS in English Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2008), a Master's of Education-Professional Development through the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (2011), and a Master’s of Education-Cultural Foundations of Education with a focus on at-risk students and alternative education from UW-Milwaukee (2013).  She started with the School District of Janesville during the 2008-2009 school year teaching 9th and 10th grade English at Craig High School. Stephanie came to TAGOS during the fall of 2009 as an advisor/teacher. Stephanie’s transition from a traditional school to a teacher led school is one of many stories in the bookTrusting Teachers with School Success: What Happens When Teachers Call the Shots? Stephanie is currently working with the authors of the book and the Center for Teaching Quality to develop resources for teacher-led schools. 

Stephanie believes building relationships with students is essential to their success and enjoys the “family-like” atmosphere of her advisory.  She is responsible for the English Curriculum, Research Skills Development, Academic Planning & Advising, Assessment, Experience Days, Art, Fundraising, Social Media, and Library Resources at TAGOS.

Contact Via Phone:  608.289.0293
Contact Via Email: sldavis@janesville.k12.wi.us

Patricia Hernandez, Principal

Patricia Hernandez, Principal

TAGOS Principal

Patricia Hernandez serves as the Principal of TAGOS Leadership Academy; additionally, she serves as the College and Career Readiness Coordinator for the School District of Janesville.  Mrs. Hernandez earned her bachelor's degree from UW-Stout with a major in Home Economics Education.  For 18 years, she taught Family and Consumer Science. She taught the majority of her years at Bradford High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  She earned a master's degree from Cardinal Stritch in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership.  For three years, Mrs. Hernandez served as the instructional coach at Bradford High School.  She has served Janesville School District as the College and Career Readiness Coordinator since 2016. In 2014, Mrs. Hernandez completed her Career and Technical Education Coordinator Certification from UW-Stout. Currently, she is enrolled in a doctoral program at Edgewood College and her dissertation interest is on school-community partnerships and how they can increase student engagement and close the achievement gap.  

Mrs. Hernandez' vision as an educator is to inspire a passion for learning. She desires to prepare students to function successfully in the world beyond high school. She strives to create an educational environment that fosters democratic values, risk taking, and a love of learning. In addition to that, she desires to create a school where equal treatment, fairness, and respect for diversity is modeled, taught, and practiced. Mrs. Hernandez believes it is important to offer students opportunities to deveop their career decision-making and employability skills in an effort to gain an understanding of workplace cultures and expectations. 

Mrs. Hernandez is very excited to be your principal. Go TAGOS!!

#TAGOSpoweredbyawesomeness

Contact Via Phone:  608.743.5059
Contact Via Email:  phernandez@janesville.k12.wi.us

Kim Helgestad, Advisor / Social Studies

Kim Helgetad, Advisor / Social Studies

Advisor / Social Studies

Kim accepted the position of advisor and social studies teacher at TAGOS during the Summer of 2016.  Kim has a Bachelor of Science in Education from UW-Whitewater and is certified in Social Studies and Alternative Education. Kim completed her student teaching at TAGOS and is very familiar with project based learning. Kim was previously an alternative education teacher at Rock River Charter School since 2013. Kim is committed to building positive relationships with students and teaching them the skills they will need to be successful later in life. Her knowledge of creating trauma-sensitive schools, her background in project based learning, and her passion for individualized education make Kim an ideal advisor for our school.

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

Eric Skrzypchak, Advisor / Math

Eric Skrzypchak, Advisor / Math

Advisor / Math

Eric accepted the position of advisor and math teacher at TAGOS during the Summer of 2015. Prior to his work at TAGOS, Eric worked as a Parker High School math teacher since 2001 following his graduation from UW-Madison with a B.S. in Secondary Mathematics grades 9-12.  In 2003, he earned his Master's degree from UW-Whitewater in Curriculum and Instruction with a Technology Emphasis.  Eric also works at UW-Rock County with math ACT prep.  He has co-taught SmartBoard training courses in the disrict and collaborated with colleagues in the district on math curriculum.  He has 15 years of coaching experience at Parker and the community.

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

Marianne McGuire, Special Education

Marianne McGuire, Special Education

Special Education

Marianne graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2000 with a degree in Special Education. That same year, she started teaching at Marshall Middle School in its Special Education-Intellectual Disabilities program. In 2002, she began working in the Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities program. During the 2005-06 school year, she co-taught in the school district’s Alternative Program (AL-PRO). In 2009, she received a Master's Degree in Special Education. Marianne’s background in differentiated instruction, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) management and student assessment has prepared her to work with children who have a wide range of abilities and interests.

Marianne believes in helping students develop the knowledge and skills they need to be successful contributing members of their community.  Her view is that educational programs should reflect students' individual needs while teaching them to embrace their passions and unique qualities.  Marianne strives to help students become responsible and confident problem solvers.  She is passionate about teaching students to develop intrinsic motivation by encouraging them to pursue projects that reflect who they are as learners.  Marianne is responsible for the special education services at TAGOS.

Contact Via Phone:  608.290.0468
Contact Via Email:  mmcguire@janesville.k12.wi.us

Val Maxon, Administrative Assistant

Val Maxon, Administrative Assistant

TAGOS Administrative Assistant

Val Maxon is the Administrative and Educational Support at TAGOS. Val has certification in Early Childhood Education and licensure in Pre-school Administration from Blackhawk Technical College.  In addition to this, Val has attended numerous conferences and trainings that support project basedlearning. Val has been with the School District of Janesville for 16 years and during that time she gained experience working with the emotional behavioral disability program at Jefferson and Marshall. Val is a co-founder of TAGOS Leadership Academy and has dedicated much of her time to the charter school movement. At TAGOS, Val is responsible for Skyward Educator Access Management, attendance, maintaining student files, registering/transferring students, assisting the Dean of Students and advisors, reporting to the Superintendent, and she takes care of anything else that needs to be done. Val is more than a secretary; she is a vital part of maintaining our school.

Contact Via Phone:  608.290.0468
Contact Via Email:   vmaxon@janesville.k12.wi.us

Melissa Aegerter, TAGOS Educational Support

Melissa Aegerter, TAGOS Educational Support

Educational Support

Melissa is a Janesville native and graduate from Parker High School.  She spent two years attending Blackhawk Technical College and graduated in 1994 with a technical college degree.  Melissa has worked for the School District of Janesville for many years, with the exception of time off to raise her family.  Once her children were settled into school she decided to return to the School District of Janesville to do exactly what she loves, working with students.  In December of 2014she was hired by the staff at TAGOS and works directly with each student helping them with every aspect of their educational journey.  Melissa enjoys building relationships with each student.  It is her belief that each and every one of the TAGOS students is amazing and possess talents which can be revealed through their project work.  Melissa looks forward to many many more years at TAGOS so she can continue to work with the exceptional students and staff of TAGOS.

Contact Via Phone:  608.290.0468
Contact Via Email: maegerter@janesville.k12.wi.us

Annie Showers-Curtis, Educational Support

Annie Showers-Curtis, TAGOS Educational Support

Educational Support

Annie is a former TAGOS student and has been working on a degree in writing. She brings creativity, knowledge of the project process, and a passion for helping students at TAGOS. While at UW Rock County, Annie served as a Peer Mentor assisting students with the adjustment to collegiate life. She comes to us highly recommended by her UW Rock County supervisor. We are very excited that she has re-joined the TAGOS Team! 

Contact Via Phone:  608.290.0468
Contact Via Email:  anne.showerscurtis@janesville.k12.wi.us

Heidi McGraw, Student Service Specialist / Career and College Readiness

Heidi McGraw, Student Service Specialist / Career and College Readiness

TAGOS Student Service Specialist for Career and College Readiness

Heidi McGraw is a Student Services Specialist for TAGOS Leadership Academy and Rock University High School.  She received her Bachelor degree in Psychology from Beloit College.  She worked as an In-Home Family therapist for Rock County Community Corrections, a Social Worker for Walworth County Human Services and coached many different sports.  She returned to school at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and received her Master degree in Counseling with School Emphasis.  She has worked at various schools from Kindergarten to 12th Grade.  Heidi is very happy to be back in the School District of Janesville, having spent 2 1/2 years at Parker High School previously.  She is passionate that every student can become successful, life long learners...and is eager to help the students realize their full potential!  Heidi meeds individually and in groups with students.  Her emphasis at TAGOS is to help students find the "right place" after graduation.

When not working, Heidi enjoys spending time outside in the warm weather...swimming, paddle boarding, hiking, and growing all sorts of plants!  She had recently taken up snow shoeing for winter exercise.  When not at work or playing outside she enjoys spending as much time with her family and friends...which is never enough!

Contact Via Phone:  608.290.0468
Contact Via Email:  hmcgraw@janesville.k12.wi.us