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Education Matters

Education Matters is the only weekly program in southeast Wisconsin that’s devoted exclusively to education issues. Co-hosts with different education-related backgrounds and perspectives take turns leading the program. The program airs Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:15.

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Allison Erickson

Allison Erickson

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Allison Erickson has taught in Milwaukee Public Schools and the School District of Beloit as well as rural districts in Southeastern Wisconsin. Allison holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, a Master of Science in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and a second Master of Science in Literacy from Concordia University.

Joseph Mangi

Joseph Mangi

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Joseph Mangi is a stallworth in our local educational landscape. Mangi started his career teaching elementary and middle school students. Mangi then served as a high school, middle school, and elementary school principal for over thirty years with the Kenosha Unified School District. Mangi moved on to serve as the Superintendent of the Kenosha Unified School District three times; 1995-1996, 2007-2010, and 2013. Mangi is now the President of “Peace Learning Circles;” a conflict resolution organization specializing in teaching elementary school students peaceful ways to engage with their communities. Mangi is also currently a professor with National Louis University helping train educators in the Chicago area to become principals and educational administrators.

Karin Sconzert

Karin Sconzert

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Karin has lived and taught in five states (IN, NJ, IL, PA and WI) at every level from pre-K through graduate school, and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Carthage College in Kenosha. She has also served as an adult literacy tutor, an educational researcher, and a library trustee. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and the History of Education from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in History from Lawrence University in Appleton.

Steve Brown

Steve Brown

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Steve fills two roles at WGTD. Dr. Brown is a long-time host of Education Matters, putting to good use a lifetime of experience in the field of education. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, after having held positions at Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi and at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Before then, he was a high school teacher, principal and district-level administrator. He’s a current member of the Salem School Board. Also, Steve is a co-founder of the highly-successful 91.1 Players and the WGTD Radio Theater. The Radio Theater airs occasionally in the place of Community Matters Saturday mornings between 11:15 and noon. The program always airs live, either from the Inspire Center or from a remote location.