Staff

Lisa Biber

Advisor / Co-Lead Teacher

email: lbiber@montelloschools.org

twitter: @LisaBiber

school cell: (608) 369-4468

classroom: (608) 297-2126, x201

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Ms. Biber is a Wisconsin native, splitting her time between Beaver Dam and Brodhead growing up. She graduated from UW Whitewater with her Bachelor's in English Secondary Education in 2009 and went on to join TAGOS Leadership Academy in her second year of teaching, which gave her the passion for project-based learning and has influenced her teaching philosophy ever since. Ms. Biber began teaching at Brodhead High School, her alma mater, in 2011 and remained there for nine years. During that time, she directed several plays, coached forensics, and served as senior project coordinator. She earned her Master's in Education through UW La Crosse in 2014. Ms. Biber helped to bring journalism education back to Brodhead by co-founding Brodhead Media, a program designed to report on school events, produce daily morning announcements, and provide a creative outlet for students with the annual BHS Film Festival. As part of her work founding this program, she was selected as a Reynolds Journalism High School Institute Fellow with Arizona State University in 2014 and a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Fellow in 2018. In 2018, Ms. Biber attended the Greater Madison Writing Project Summer Institute, where she rediscovered her passion for alternative education and began taking steps to go gradeless in her classroom. She has continued to work with GMWP, co-facilitating a Rise Up and Write camp in 2019 and presenting at the Wisconsin Council of Teachers for English convention about her work with students using writing for advocacy.

Outside of the classroom, Ms. Biber is a certified personal trainer and registered yoga teacher. She believes strongly in using movement and mindfulness to soothe both physical and emotional woes and can often be found running the Sugar River Trail or practicing yoga in her backyard. She is looking forward to bringing her love of the outdoors and passion for teaching together at High Marq.

SKYLAR L. PRIMM

Advisor / Co-Lead Teacher

email: sprimm@montelloschools.org

twitter: @skylarprimm

school cell: (608) 369-4451

classroom: (608) 297-2126, x200

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Mr. Primm was born and raised in New Orleans, earning a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of New Orleans in 2002. He moved to Madison and earned a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Wisconsin in 2006, followed by teacher certification from Edgewood College in 2009. As a student teacher at Middleton Alternative Senior High, he experienced firsthand the importance of community building and individualized education in the classroom. He has over a decade of experience teaching in project-based learning schools, starting at TAGOS Leadership Academy in Janesville before moving to High Marq in 2011. Outside of school, Mr. Primm works with the Greater Madison Writing Project, which nourishes his passions for collaboration, reflection, and action research. In 2017, he was honored with a Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship in recognition of his teaching, leadership, and service. He currently serves on the boards of the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education, the statewide organization supporting advocacy, networking, and recognition in the field, and the Human Restoration Project, which works to transform schools into more humane spaces for students and staff alike.

Mr. Primm has been featured on the Human Restoration Project and TG2Cast podcasts, and has presented his work at the Innovative Schools Network, Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education and North American Association for Environmental Education conferences. He blogs about his teaching at medium.com/@skylarp, and his work has been published by Teachers Going Gradeless, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Green Schools National Network. When not teaching, Mr. Primm may be found taking pictures of rocks, birds, and (especially) lichens.

TIFFANY LODHOLZ

Field Naturalist / School Assistant

email: tlodholz@montelloschools.org

google voice (cell): (608) 492-2414

classroom: (608) 297-2126, x202

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Tiffany Lodholz was born and raised in Wausau, WI. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2000 with minors in Geology, Environmental Science, and Women's Studies. After graduating, she worked for 10 years at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault as the Disabilities, Aging, and Rural Program Coordinator and the Senior Program Manager. She then worked as the Water Quality and Quantity Coordinator for Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network and the Grants Coordinator for Marquette County Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth before joining High Marq in 2017. She has served as the President of the Wisconsin Friends of John Muir since the organization's inception in 2013 and is passionate about preserving the landscapes of Muir's boyhood. She also serves as a core member of the Sierra Club's international John Muir Education Team.

In her free time, Tiffany enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her family.