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.

Saturday | 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Sammy Rangel

Sammy Rangel is a national thought leader. He currently leads and co-founded Life After Hate, Inc., a Unique non-profit organization founded and operated by former violent extremists. He is the author of FOURBEARS: The Myths of Forgiveness, an autobiography, chronicling physical and sexual Abuse he endured as a child which eventually led him down a path of self-destruction (including more than 15 years in prison) and his path of change and recovery. Rangel’s “Ted Talk” has been watched over a quarter million times. Rangel recently testified as an expert before the U.S. House of Representatives during a hearing on terrorism prevention. As an international speaker, podcaster, coach and radio personality his messages of healing and transformation are highly sought after and captivating.

Mike Falkofske

Mike Falkofske served on the Kenosha Board of Education for 3 years.  He currently volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America Program He has a B.A. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

Jeff Rasmussen

Jeff served in Racine Unified for 38 years--16 of them as a teacher of English/drama/speech and 22 years as an elementary and middle school principal. Jeff currently is president of the Racine Area Retired Educators Association. He's also the part-time Music & Worship Director at St. Mary by the Lake Parish.

Joseph Mangi
Joseph Mangi

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

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

Dr. Steve Brown has been bringing original and adapted works to the radio and stage for more than 15 years, winning more than 25 state and national awards for Kenosha’s WGTD Radio Theater, including from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, Wisconsin Bar Association, and the Hear Now Festival. Steve’s works provoke, compel, and challenge the audience. Steve served as chair of the 2021 Hear Now Festival’s Podcast Palooza juried competition. Steve has also been a co-host on “education Matters,” here on WGTD HD since 2006. Steve along with Michael Ullstrup created the Brown-Ullstrup Performing Arts Foundation, which has produced live, “old-time” radio broadcasts over Wisconsin public radio station WGTD FM since 2005, as well as a popular dinner theater series of murder mysteries. 

Dr. Brown earned his PhD in Educational Leadership from Iowa State University, Master’s Degree in Educational Media from the University of South Florida, and B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Florida.


May 14, 2022


From black armbands to Bong Hits for Jesus: the 40th anniversary of Tinker:

April 2, 2022

WGTD News Presents our 2022 Kenosha Unified School District School Board Forum arranged and moderated by Education Matters host Karin Sconzert

February 26, 2022

Host Karin Sconzert welcomes guest Jenny Nagaoka who discusses research from a 1997 policy in Chicago to make students repeat a grade if they did not score high enough on a standardized test.