KM Explore Governance Council
Alyssa Tsagong has spent her career weaving her passions for the arts and education into work that serves the community. She is the Director of Education at Wisconsin Public Television, drawing on fifteen years of experiences in arts education, business and non-profit management to find innovative ways to serve Wisconsin children, educators and families. Alyssa has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Anthropology from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She and her husband Dhondup have two sons who have benefited from the extraordinary work of the educators at KM Explore. Her family enjoys hiking, music and picking as many strawberries as possible in early summer to eat out of the freezer all year long.
Jane Oliver-Purton is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, with a Teaching Certificate, a BA in English, and a Master of Library Science degree. Jane has worked in a college library and a public library before moving to Wisconsin, and becoming a Library Media Specialist for Hartland/Lakeside School District. She became Head of Youth Services for Delafield Public Library in 2006. She has two grown daughters, a son-in- law and an absolutely perfect grand-dog. Jane loves to travel, especially to Disney World and Paris, and, of course, loves to read children’s and YA fiction.
Christine Kavalauskas is a parent to three children in the KM School District. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Ecology from The University of Wisconsin - Madison. Christine worked in Massachusetts for the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, an environmental non-profit, and a private environmental consulting firm. She served on the Carlisle Conservation Commission, a town board that administers the MA Wetlands Protection Act, and lead environmental education programs in Massachusetts. Christine is a Girl Scout Leader, runs a Day Camp Nature Program, and serves as Co-Coordinator for a Girl Scout Service Unit. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, children and dog, riding motorcycles, gardening and is currently restoring a native, tall grass prairie on their Delafield property.
Beckie Cavanaugh has been teaching music for the past 10 years in Southeast Wisconsin, including at Cushing Elementary, Wales Elementary and KM Explore. Beckie holds a Bachelors of Music in Education from Millikin University and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Silver Lake College. She has served both as a board member and as president of the Association of Wisconsin Area Kodaly Educators, a professional organization for music educators, for the past six years. Beckie works well with the Explore staff to help provide multiage and generative musical experiences for all students. Beckie is excited to join the Governance Council this year. In her free time, Beckie enjoys crafting and spending time with her daughter and husband.
Jenna Gatzke is the head coordinator of Carroll University’s Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Michigan University in Earth Sciences, Geography, French, and Dance, and her Master of Science degree in Environmental Education and Interpretation from the University of Wisconsin – Steven’s Point. Jenna also has her Doctorate in Science and Environmental Education from Indiana University. Jenna has worked and traveled throughout the United States and abroad. Jenna’s passion for the field of environmental education and the outdoors guides her to not only continue learning and exploring for herself, but also to provide opportunities for students of all ages to do so as well. In her free time, Jenna loves to travel, read, and bake.