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Gail Potratz

last modified 2012-01-31 03:53 PM

Graduate Faculty - Adjunct

Gail graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College and was called to serve at Manitowoc Lutheran as an English and PE teacher as well as coach. Marriage to Phil Potratz and the birth of three children precipitated a career move that resulted in a thirteen-year hiatus from the formal classroom.

It was during her “second career” that her love for technology in the classroom began. When she saw how technology increased the engagement of students in their own learning, she was hooked. Like many of you, because Gail wanted to use technology in her classroom, she became the impetus for building it. From the day the first dialup connection to the Internet was brought into her classroom until they had a bonafide network, and continued to expand into all the areas of new possibilities, she became the technology coordinator for the school. After going to many workshops and learning on her own, she eventually decided to go to school and get a degree in educational technology. Thus, Gail received her master’s degree from Cardinal Stritch in the later 1990s.

Since then she have used many different avenues to help other in-service as well as pre-service teachers and their schools advance their technology skills for the benefit of education and learning. She is currently the church and school technology coordinator for Emanuel Lutheran of New London, WI, where she also teaches the eighth grade language arts. No matter how her position evolved through the years she has always desired to remain connected to a classroom because that still is her first love and it is also where she claims to “practice what I preach”.

Gail is currently serving as an adjunct for Concordia University of Mequon and has recently been brought to MLC in that role as well. She is working on developing a course for the fall of 2012, which will be targeted toward technology coordinators in WELS schools. Gail also is affiliated with a secular technology program called the One to One Institute which is in a planning and developmental stage right now, but hopes to be instrumental in connecting teachers with one to one efforts across the country.

Gail reports she feels honored to be able to be involved at MLC and looks forward to meeting the dedicated students with whom she will partner next fall.

Academic Degrees:
MS Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee WI: Instructional Technology

BS Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm MN: Education

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