Meet Our Expert Instructors

Wisconsin’s technical colleges have outstanding faculty with relevant experience in their fields that makes career programs meaningful for students. They also bring a variety of life experiences and community involvement to their teaching. These stories demonstrate how our faculty members add value to the technical college experience.

Brad Spates, FVTC instructor
Brad Spates put his first piston in an engine when he was 11 years old, working with his father on their farm. Now he and his dad restore old tractors together. A local Caterpillar dealer recruited Spates right out of...
Jon Burman, Western faculty member
Jon Burman is so passionate about renewable energy his family built an off-grid cabin powered only by solar panels. He has earned certificates in photovoltaics from Midwest Renewable Energy Association and traveled to Colorado for a Micro-Hydro certification from Solar...
GTC faculty member Patrick Hoppe
Pat Hoppe first engaged in technical education for the same reason as many others – he sought skills for a career, stability and a future. He found that and much, much more – and has since come back to give...
Josh Vandeberg, Western Technical College instructor
While earning his philosophy degree, Joshua Vandeberg spent summers pouring concrete. He went on to get his contractor’s license and worked in construction for 20 years. During that time he gave his talents to working with disadvantaged youth. “Building Opportunities...
Bruce Cecka, FVTC instructor
Bruce Cecka is a good person to have along if you are visiting a state park. He often has an intimate knowledge of the trails, buildings and land features of the park. That’s because he supervised students who created maps...
Valerie Dantoin, NWTC instructor
Valerie Dantoin and her husband, Rick Adamski, have been practicing sustainable agriculture on Full Circle Farm in Seymour since the 1980’s . They maintain a herd of 80 to 100 head of dairy cattle using organic and managed grazing principles...
Craig Kunce, Western Technical College faculty
As an art director, Craig Kunce hired many technical college graduates. He wanted the opportunity to mentor students, pass along what he had learned and prepare them for employment so he became an instructor. “I’ve been where they are,” he...
Sue Perry, Nicolet College
As a staff nurse at Howard Young Hospital in Woodruff, Sue Perry always loved teaching nursing students. However, when someone asked her to consider becoming a college instructor, she was surprised. “During my last year of the Nurse Practitioner program...
Farris Saifkani, NWTC instructor
As an elementary school student in Tehran, Iran Farris Saifkani discovered the wonders of magnets. He came home from school and made his own electro magnet. The family learned of his experiment when Saifkani plugged his magnet into the wall...
Steve Michaud, CVTC faculty
Steve Michaud is where he belongs. Every day at CVTC’s Manufacturing Education Center, he’s with his current students, preparing them for careers in the machine tool industry. He’s also with his former students, now his fellow instructors, in the Machine...
James Drzewiecki, MATC instructor
As a teenager, James Drzewiecki re-landscaped his family’s yard. “I grew up gardening,” explains the founder and principal of Ginkgo Leaf Studio, an award-winning landscape design firm based in Cedarburg. After earning a degree in architecture at the University of...
Brian Goodman, CVTC instructor
Friends and teachers at Gilman High School thought Brian Goodman was obviously university material. However, Goodman told them he would attend what was then called District One Technical Institute. First, Goodman enrolled in the Electronics Servicing technical diploma program. He...
John Norland, BTC instructor
John Norland plays guitar in an acoustic band called Bathtub Mothers. His “day job” is teaching communication and psychology at Blackhawk Technical College (BTC). How do the two relate? His college career started at St. Olaf’s in Minnesota. Interest in...
Susan Hunter
Susan Hunter likes to remind her Madison College students not too long ago she was sitting where they are now. “At 40 years old, I felt it was important that I understand the science of mental disorders not only to...
Chris Kuborn, NWTC instructor
Students may think Chris Kuborn is a strict instructor, but they usually thank him later. “I am serious about everything we do here,” he says. “What we do is related to employment. We move and we move fast. There is...

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