The mission of the Wisconsin Driver Traffic Safety Education Association is to be a vital partner in traffic safety and driver education programs. This partnership will support the education community in improving student safety performance by modeling effective leadership, promoting professional development, and collaborating with special interest groups to promote driver and traffic safety education for all people.
Hello all, well the fall regional workshops at Menomonie, Wausau, Oshkosh, Spring Green and Oconomowoc are behind us and they were as usual, a success. The speakers were very good and a lot of information was presented to our members in attendance. Speaking of attendance, our numbers were actually pretty decent. Approximately 75 members attended the five workshops which is very consistent with the past three years. Here are some takeaways from the presentations:
- "90 people die each day in the US as a result of vehicle crashes!"
- "The average text takes 5 seconds, in which time your vehicle travels the length of a football field."
- " 78% of people who die as a result of a motorcycle crash were not wearing a helmet!"
- "39% of the people who die as a result of a motorcycle crash have alcohol in their system!"
- " Semi- trailers or any other vehicle longer than 40' have the right of way in a roundabout."
- "More police officers are killed as a result of people not obeying the "Move Over" law, than are shot and killed each year!"
- " No Passing farm equipment in a No Passing zone!"
- "Don't swerve for a deer!"
- "Don't use whiteout on your students 3001 application!"
- "There has been an increase in drugged driving arrests."
- "A motorcycle is allowed to go through a red light if after stopping, waiting for 45 seconds and no traffic is present."
A big thank you to the D.M.V., B.O.T.S., ABATE and the Wisconsin State Patrol for your presentations. Also thanks to all who took time out of their busy schedule to come to the workshops. I hope you received some valuable information from them. Just a few reminders, get your nominations in for "Teacher of the Year", "Hall of Fame" and "Distinguished Service Award" by January 15th, 2018. State Conference is April 6th & 7th, 2018 at the Chula Vista in the Dells. More information will be available after January 1, 2018. Also consider volunteering your time and serving on the WDTSEA board of directors. We need a new Business Manager, Delegate at Large and a President Elect. Contact me at email@example.com or any other board member if interested. Thanks again and keep it safe, Bob
Education: BS UW-Whitewater 1978. UW- Whitewater (MA) 1988.
History: Taught 34 years at Wilmot Union High School, teaching Driver Education and Health Education. Director of Athletics and coached wrestling, baseball and girls’ softball.
Current: Teaches Driver Education for CESA #2 at Wilmot Union High School
Personal: Married to Kim for 34 years. Has two sons: Markus (32) and Matt (29) and grandson Sawyer (2). -Hobbies: Loves golfing, downhill skiing, Corvette rides and traveling. An avid Packer, Brewer, Badger, Warhawk and Bucks fan.
Resides: Mukwonago, Wisconsin.
Name: Kevin Kirby
Education: UW-Stevens Point 1980 UW-Stout (MA) 2001
History: G & K Services 12 years, Forward Services - JTPA Youth outreach coordinator 5 years, Rhinelander High School - Technology Education 2 years (emergency certification) RHS Drivers Education since summer 1999. Nicolet College since 2003 Point Reduction/Group Dynamics. Wrestling and Football official since 1978.
Current: Rhinelander High School Drivers Education teacher and Traffic Safety instructor for Nicolet College
Personal: Married to Sue (1980) we have a daughter, Shannon ('83) married to Ryan and sprouts - Reid (11/2012), Stella (5/2014), Nicco (7/2016). Our son, Scott ('85) has a significant other Callie.
Hobbies: Golf, Fishing, being Dad and Grandpa.
Resides: Rhinelander, WI
Education: UW-Whitewater class of 1973
History: Taught Driver Ed at Sussex Hamilton HS. for 14 years, various school for 8 years, Waterford HS. for 15 years and CESA 2 for 6 years. Head Football coach, Head Track coach and Head Baseball coach. Won State in baseball in 1981 at Sussex Hamilton, went to State Football Finals at New Berlin Eisenhower twice. Also coached in State Football and Baseball All Star games.
Current: Teaching for CESA 2 at Jefferson, Cambridge and Deerfield High Schools.
Personal: Married to Diane (nickname Hogan) for 28 years. Dog Denali, an Alaskan Malamute 9 years old.
Hobbies: Love to take rides with my wife on our 2006 Harley, vacations out West and to Hawaii and watch my Green Bay Packers and UW Whitewater football games. Only have missed 4 Packer home games in 40 years.
Resides: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Education: BS UW-Whitewater 2004. MS UW-Whitewater 2010.
History: Taught middle school Language Arts for ten years at Elkhorn Area Middle School; Driver Education Teacher and Online Coordinator since 2014.
Current: Teaches Online Driver Education for CESA2; Online Coordinator for CESA2
Personal: Married to Brad for 5 years. We have a daughter, Evelyn (4), and a son, Easton (2).
Hobbies: I like to run, dance, read, and chase around my kids.
Resides: Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Education: Triton Jr. College, National College of Education, UW-P, UW-Stout, Cardinal-Stritch University
History: Began career in the field of medicine in Medical Assisting (background in Nursing), then teaching degree in Elementary Education, with certifications in Middle School and Driver Education. Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology. Created the first state-approved online WI Driver Education course in 2004 and has recently had approval for the only state-wide online Diploma program to teach others to become Driver Education Instructors. Career in Driver Education with Southwest Tech since 2002.
Current: Driver and Motorcycle Education Mgr. and online instructor at Southwest Tech.
Personal: I have two sons, Patrick (28) and Tim (26) and currently live with one cat, Snickers and one parakeet (Immortal at 11 years of age)
Hobbies: Running, biking, photography, gardening, sewing, baking/cooking, enjoy concerts with Tim, and home-improvement projects.
Reside: Seneca, WI
Education: UW-Stevens Point class of 1988
History: Taught 26 years at Kimberly High School, teaching Driver Education, Health Education and Physical Education. In the past coached volleyball, led AODA groups, and SADD advisor. Also taught Driver Education for Appleton, Menasha, and Seymour.
Current: Teaches at Kimberly High School, member of the Outagamie County Safety/Traffic Commission
Personal: Married to Pat for 19 years. Have three sons: Jonathon (16) and Daniel (14) and Nathaniel (12).
Hobbies: I like to ride bicycle, go on nature walks, travel with my family, and watch the boys in their sports.
Resides: Seymour, Wisconsin
Military: U S Navy 1962-66 ABE- E-5 Served on USS Constellation CVA-64 On board off N. Vietnam 1964-66
Education: U-W Platteville - 1970 B.S., 1974 M.S.T.
Current: CESA #2 Driver Education 2002-Present
Personal: Significant Julie since 1998, 4 Grandchildren, On-line Minister, have married four couples
Hobbies: Love Golf, watching Badgers, Brewers & Packers and RVing.
Resides: Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
Current position: Director Cesa2 Driver Education
Education: Illinois State University class of 1976
Teaching Experience: Driver Education, PE, Health, Coached basketball, baseball, soccer at Varsity level
Personal: Married to Wendy for 23 years. 3 Daughters and 5 Grandchildren.
Professional: Elected to the Governor's Council on Highway Safety, Member of the Dane, Sauk, and Iowa County Traffic Safety Commissions.
Hobbies: Fishing, camping, boating. Lifetime fan of the Chicago Cubs!
Resides: Spring Green, WI
Education: Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, Bachelors from Grinnell College.
History: School Social Worker/AODA Coordinator for 30 Years.
Current: AODA/School and Traffic Safety Consultant at DPI
Personal: Twin adult daughters, one precious granddaughter
Hobbies: Loves baseball, the Cubs, fishing, biking
Resides: Madison, WI
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