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Tirzah
Zipperer

Middle School Instructor

Hometown/State:

Nebraska

Education:

Undergraduate Degree:

University of Stevens Point
Natural Resource Management
with Emphasis in Environmental Education

Masters Degree:

University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse

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Tirzah grew up in Nebraska but moved to Wisconsin to attend college at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. She graduated with a degree in Natural Resource Management with emphasis in Environmental Education. Her teaching career began at the Heron Lake Environmental Learning Center teaching K-12 for a year. She loved the teaching but did not like having different students every day, as then she was never given the chance to know them and know how they learned. That’s when she decided to go back to school to earn a degree in Education.

Tirzah has been teaching at Cumberland Middle School for 15 years and looks forward to many years to come. She has recently earned her Masters degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She is married and has 2 beautiful children with who she enjoy spending time with outdoors. Skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, hiking, canoeing, camping, biking are just some of our favorites. Life is Good!

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Sheri
Johnson

High School Instructor

Hometown/State:

Shell Lake, Wisconsin

Education:

Undergraduate Degree:

University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Special Education (K-12)
Elementary Education (1-8)

Masters Degree:

University of Wisconsin LaCrosee

Sheri Johnson was born in St. Paul, MN. She lived in 5 different towns and schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin growing up, but spent most of school years in Shell Lake, WI, her “hometown”. Sheri graduated college from UW-Eau Claire in 1993 with degrees in both Special Education (K-12) and Elementary Education (1-8). She received her Masters Degree in Education from UW-LaCrosse in 2003. She has been teaching since 1994 in Cumberland and has been able to teach almost every grade from 1st-12th. She started teaching at the Island City Academy in 2014 and is loving the outdoors, project-based learning, community, parental and district support along with some fabulous students!

Sheri loves being with her family and pets, especially outdoor activities and games. She loves traveling and has been to many countries and almost all 50 states. She enjoys scrapbooking, reading and idea-generating. Her purpose is to touch as many lives as possible in a positive way. She loves the gift of teaching and looks forward to many more years with her teaching partner, Mrs. Zip, and the ICA!

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Matt
McKay

Field
Biologist

Hometown/State:

Columbus, Wisconsin

Education:

Undergraduate Degree:

University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Wildlife Management

Matt McKay was born and raised in Columbus, WI. He attended Northland College for a year where he decided on a degree in Wildlife Management following his involvement with wolf research. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he completed his degree in Wildlife Management.

Upon graduation, Matt was fortunate to get his foot in the door with the Wisconsin DNR working as an Assistant Big Game biologist and then landed the position of a lifetime as the Assistant Elk Biologist with the Clam Lake Elk Herd. After ten years as an Elk Biologist, another great opportunity presented itself in the form of a Field Biologist with the Wisconsin Green Schools Network.

This year will be Matt’s fourth year as a Field Biologist and currently lives in Hayward, WI with his wife, two great kids, and black lab. He enjoys bow hunting, fishing, camping, and just about anything outdoors. Matt works with Northern Waters Environmental School, NorthStar Community Charter School and coordinates the program overall.