Education & Wellness

Leigh Monhardt

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Leigh Monhardt

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dr. Leigh Monhardt, associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, joined the university in 2007 and teaches all of the elementary and secondary science methods courses offered by the university’s School of Education, including two STEM-integrated science courses.

Wellness Day

UW-Platteville hosts Wellness Day for 190 elementary students

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Eleven physical education students recently planned, implemented and continued a 10-year tradition, Wellness Day, for 190 first- and second-grade students from Platteville School District at the university’s Bo-Ryan Court.

Dr. Ben Krings works with student

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Ben Krings brings expertise in sports nutrition, strength training and conditioning

Authored on: Sep 09, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Interacting with students and giving them an opportunity to develop as young professionals in the field of exercise science is what inspires and motivates Dr. Ben Krings, assistant professor of health and human performance, each day. Krings teaches courses in physiology of exercise, nutrition, strength and conditioning and fitness evaluation and prescription; he is also a certified strength and conditioning coach.

2019 Spring Initiation

Kappa Delta Pi chapter honored for educational excellence

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Kappa Delta Pi Iota Rho Chapter was one of the honored recipients of the 2018-19 Membership Chapter Program Award, presented by Kappa Delta Pi.


Brandon Larsen and Parker Debroux look at a map of the commemorative plaque acknowledging the slave trade triangle that allowed Richmond to be one of the wealthiest cities in the South.

Education students gain knowledge about Civil War during field experience in Virginia

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Six University of Wisconsin-Platteville education students recently gained knowledge about the American Civil War at the “Civil War 101 Teachers Institute” at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond,


Left to right: Olivia Saucedo, Lindsey Bollig, Ashley Reuter and Dana Maxwell. Back row: Jacob Nachtigal and Samantha Christian.

Hooked on Books' benefits pre-service teachers, English language learners

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Seven University of Wisconsin-Platteville pre-service teachers gained experience working with seven elementary-aged English language learners, thanks to “Hooked on Books,” an after-school reading program held this spring at Westview Elementary School in Platteville.


Representatives from the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at UW-Madison joined UW-Platteville representatives and area health care professionals to discuss expanding UW-Madison’s PA program to UW-Platteville.

UW-Platteville, UW-Madison explore Physician Assistants partnership

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Paul Erickson

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville and UW-Madison are exploring a new collaboration aimed at addressing a shortage of physician assistants (PAs) in underserved rural areas.


family math night activities

Students collaborate with Dodgeville Elementary for Family Math Night

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Sixteen University of Wisconsin-Platteville students recently collaborated with teaching staff at Dodgeville (Wis.) Elementary School to present Family Math Night for students and their families. It was the first time the program has been held for students from Early Childhood through fifth grade.


Dr. Raymond Pugh

Pugh selected as Wisconsin Teaching Fellow

Authored on: Jun 06, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Assistant Professor of chemistry Dr. Raymond Pugh will continue his research on Writing-to-Learn through the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program. Pugh is one of three University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty members selected for the 2019-20 program.


 Students conduct seminar for K-12 educators

Students conduct seminar for physical education teachers

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Eighteen University of Wisconsin-Platteville physical education, adapted physical education and health education students recently planned and conducted “Physical Education Active Engagement Seminar” for more than 16 licensed K-12 educators from throughout southern Wisconsin.


Students teach physical education homeschool program

Students teach physical education homeschool program

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Abbey Pignatari

In a long-running partnership between the university and local community, University of Wisconsin-Platteville health and human performance majors are teaming up with members of the homeschool community through the UW-Platteville Physical Education Homeschool Program.


Education students at Madison Childrens' Museum

Students explore early childhood programs during field experience

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Thirteen University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Education students recently explored different early childhood programs during a field excursion to the Madison Public Library, the Overture Center and the Children’s Museum, all located in Madison, Wisconsin.


Raine Voigts and Jason Weitenhiller

Alumnus mentors former student in classroom

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

When University of Wisconsin-Platteville alumnus Jason Weitenhiller had Raine Voigts as a student in his second-grade classroom his first year of teaching at Belmont (Wis.) Elementary School in 2005, he had no idea he would be inspiring a future teacher.


Students in workshop, Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students

Students learn strategies to teach English language learners

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Twenty-four University of Wisconsin-Platteville undergraduate students and three Master of Science in English Education students from China recently learned strategies to teach English language learners at a World-class Instructional Design and Assessment workshop, “Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students,” at UW-Platteville.


Dr. Jennifer Collins teaching a dual education course

UW-Platteville offers opportunity for high school students to earn education credits

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

To help combat the shortage of teachers in southwestern Wisconsin, especially in rural communities, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s School of Education has begun offering a dual credit course option for high school students.


family math night activities

Students lead family math night in Darlington

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Sixteen University of Wisconsin-Platteville elementary education students recently led “Power Up Your Math Skills Night” for students at Darlington (Wisconsin) Elementary School and their families.


Rick Hess

UW-Platteville to host an evening with Rick Hess

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, in partnership with the Tommy G. Thompson Center presents An Evening with Rick Hess. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall.


Dr. Lynnette Dornak

Faculty forum to explore Zika virus: evolution, international impact

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

The 2016 Olympic Games held in Brazil were overshadowed by the Zika pandemic that had gripped the country since 2013. During that time, popular media became an outlet for disseminating concern about the health and well-being of international athletes competing in the games.


Math night activities

Education students lead local Family Math and Reading Night

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Thirty-two University of Wisconsin-Platteville elementary education majors recently led meaningful activities at Family Math and Reading Night for more than 100 elementary students from Platteville’s Westview Elementary School and Neal Wilkins Early Learning Center and their pare


Youkuan (Simon) Yan

International student crosses ocean to pursue education degree at UW-Platteville

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

About three years ago, after much research, thought and consideration, Youkuan Yan made a decision that altered the course of his life: he decided to leave his hometown of Wuhan, China, and travel more than 7,100 miles to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to pursue his dream of becoming a teacher.


Peter Wilkinson

Grads published in New Teacher Advocate

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

A manuscript written by three recent University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Education graduates was published in the Spring 2019 issue of New Teacher Advocate, a quarterly professional journal that Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, designed to support


UW-Platteville students practicing with Platteville Special Olympics team

Students, alumnus aid Special Olympians

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Five University of Wisconsin-Platteville students and an alumnus gained hands-on coaching experience with individuals with varying abilities by helping coach 30 members of three Platteville Special Olympics basketball teams, including two adult teams and one youth team.


Matthew Janisch

Teacher and coach uses education to be a postive influence

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Ashley McFadden

When Matthew Janisch started coaching youth and high school football in Stoughton, Wisconsin, it unlocked a passion for teaching he didn’t know he’d had. Working with students of any age drove him to be a positive influence in their lives. However, he didn’t have a degree to pursue a full-time teaching career.


Students involved with creating cross-country skiing

Students, faculty create cross-country ski trails

Authored on: Feb 02, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

More than 20 University of Wisconsin-Platteville Health and Human Performance students, faculty and staff recently created cross-country ski trails for people on campus and in the community to use and enjoy.


Becky Fernette

Faculty forum to examine ways to re-engage with those who have Alzheimer’s disease

Authored on: Feb 02, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Adults aged 65 years and older are the fastest growing age group in the United States population. In fact, the older adult population is projected to double by 2060 and the number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease is projected to triple by 2050 (Population Reference Bureau, 2018).