About Us

Staff at HMECS

SKYLAR L. PRIMM 


Advisor / Lead Teacher

sprimm@montelloschools.org


Mr. Primm was born and raised in New Orleans, earning a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of New Orleans in 2002. He moved to Madison and earned a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Wisconsin in 2006, followed by teacher certification from Edgewood College in 2009. As a student teacher at Middleton Alternative Senior High, he experienced firsthand the importance of community building and individualized education in the classroom. He has taught in project based charter schools since 2009, starting at TAGOS Leadership Academy in Janesville before moving to High Marq Environmental Charter School in 2011. He also works as an instructional coach in project based learning for the Montello School District. Skylar was a fellow at the 2015 Greater Madison Writing Project Summer Institute, where he honed his passions for student reflection and teacher research. In 2017, he received a Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship in recognition of his teaching, leadership, and service. Outside of school, Mr. Primm may be found taking pictures of rocks, birds, and (especially) lichens.



AMANDA BOLAN 

Advisor / Lead Teacher

abolan@montelloschools.org


Ms. Bolan grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin, and has learned to appreciate nature through family camping trips and being a YMCA camp counselor. She graduated from Ripon College with a Bachelor’s in Politics and Government and Education, while volunteering at TAGOS Leadership Academy in Janesville, discovering project-based learning and the goal of PBL charter schools. She student taught on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona, and completed her first year of teaching at Pinon High School. Having lived within the Navajo community and being an active community member in Pinon, she understands the importance of environmental education. The reservation has had a number of environmental problems from uranium and coal mining to lack of water to litter. She was happy to bring her knowledge and expertise back to Wisconsin, and enjoys bringing a historical perspective to the classroom, both indoors and outside.



RENAE BAHN

 

Administrative Assistant

rbahn@montelloschools.org


Mrs. Bahn grew up in Packwaukee. Attending school at Montello and continuing education later at the Madison Area Technical College. She has learned to enjoy and appreciate the outdoor through many family activities, such as camping, swimming, four wheeling, and hiking. With experience volunteering in the community with the Packwaukee Historical Society from 2005 to 2009 and Packwaukee J.A.M club for kids from 2014 to current. With previous office experience as a receptionist at the Pioneer Motor Inn in Westfield, WI 2013 to 2016. When not at High Marq she can typically be found outdoors with family or friends.



KIM WAHL 


Field Biologist


Kim Wahl has 18 years of experience teaching science. She received her BSE degree from UW-Whitewater and her MST in Biology degree from UW-Stevens Point. Some of the classes that she has taught over the years include Oceanography, Earth Science, Biology, Environmental Science, and Advanced Placement Environmental Science. Kim continues to take science courses and workshops, many of them focused on learning in the field. She joined WI Green Schools Network in 2014 and has been working for them as a field biologist and also as a program coordinator. She loves teaching in the field and looks forward to each field day with High Marq!



GOVERNANCE COUNCIL

 

The High Marq Governance Council meets monthly to provide vision and support to the school. Its membership includes school district staff, parents of High Marq students, and other individuals from the Montello community. All meetings are open to the public. For information on dates and times, see our calendar and Facebook page.


President: Jim Helwig

Vice-President: Nina Davis

Secretary / Treasurer: Brenda Vetter

Staff Representative: Skylar L. Primm

At-Large: Gary Ertl, Pauli McGwin, and Amber Nelson

Administrator Representative (Non-Voting): Chuck Harsh

School Board Representative (Non-Voting): Duane Moseley




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