About the Wisconsin LC

The Wisconsin DEN Leadership Council strives to uphold the philosophy of Discovery Educator Network, supporting our colleagues through active Blog Posts and Special DEN Events. 

Current Featured DEN Events: Click on the link & Come Join us!

iPad Share Session: Saturday March 24th

SPRING Vert. Con  Saturday April 21st

DEN Summer Institute Montana July 21 – 26


Meet the WI LC Members!

Rachel Yurk: Muskego WI 

Rachel has been a Dedicated WI DEN Leader, serving as our LC Chair since 2007, developing and leading a team of educators across the state to provide virtual, in-person and state-wide professional development opportunities in Wisconsin.  Rachel is currently teaching in the Muskego-Norway School District as a Technology Integrator.

Rachel is a certified SMART Master Trainer since 2006, consistently presenting at both State and National conventions. Rachel was one of 8 teachers selected for the SMART Connections Program -advising 8 kids for a 10 day learning event in Canada. She earned her Masters of Arts in Education from Aurora University and is Certified in K – 8 education, specializing in technology and effective Discovery Education integration. Rachel is excited to be attending  the DEN Summer Institute in MT 2012!


Rita MortensonTech coordinator Verona School District

As a Discovery Educator leader, Rita is a DEN Guru in seamless classroom technology integration.   In 2011, Rita was selected as one of the 5 DEN Gurus; in 2009 she was selected to participate in the Discovery Student Adventure,traveling to China for 15 days.

An Apple Distinguished Educator since 2007, Rita has been developing curriculum and showcasing student work in a variety of ways and obtained the Apple Certified Associate Degree in the iLife ’09 Suite.  Having taught several grad classes on the iLife and the iWork Suite, Rita’s goal is to make technology integration a natural and fun part of the student’s learning. She is also a National Board Certified teacher with an MBA degree.


Karie Huttner:  Verona Elementary Bilingual.

Karie Huttner has been teaching elementary bilingual/Spanish for 14 years, investing the last four years in Verona.  Karie is a lead instructor for a collaborative research project with UW Whitewater, improving student learning for second language students.  Karie is phenomenal at integrating technology, educating students to be 21st C learners while bridging between English and Spanish languages. Karie  has been involved in international DEN student projects such as “Rock Our World” and “Poetry Slam.”   Karie integrates DE resources throughout her instruction, sharing her experiences and feats through consistent, quality blog posts and WI DEN Event support. 


Cathy Houchin : Music Educator in Watertown, WI

Cathy Houchin has been integrating DE Resources and tools for the last 7 years,serving on the leadership council for the last 6 years. Cathy is an experienced music teacher, having earned a Masters in Music Education and having taught grades K-12, choir, music and band.  She currently teaches K-5 Music, inspiring young learners to express themselves through 21st C web tools and resources. Cathy is excited to be chosen as a DENSI 2012 participant, ready to stretch her teaching to the next level.


Toni Heinowski: Muskego WI


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Kari, Peg & Rita Sea World DENSI 2011

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