Executive Director & Teacher
Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and teacher certification from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has been a teacher for over twenty five years here with the Monona Grove Schools and with Oregon High School. She is certified in history, broad field social studies, charter schools and alternative education. Rebecca was a 2010 Kohl Education Foundation Fellow award winner. She has long been an advocate of student activism and has advised student council, Model United Nations, the Imagine program, students teaching students, the Oregon High School GSA and a multicultural education club. Currently, Rebecca is involved in a collaborative project with the Children’s Theater of Madison to bring in a teaching artist for our Young Playwright’s program. Rebecca is married and a mother of two children; 14 and 18. In her free time (which there is not a lot of) she enjoys camping, gardening, reading and fishing.
Upper Campus Teacher
Teacher, sports enthusiast, and unapologetic Hawkeye living in Badger territory, Ian has a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Iowa, as well as an Alternative Education license from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to joining the MG21 teaching staff, Ian taught for three years at El Puente High School in Milwaukee, WI. At El Puente, he served as the Chair of the Social Studies department and acted as coordinator of the intramural sports program. More recently, Ian was the Assistant Varsity Girls basketball coach at Oregon High School. In addition to teaching, Ian enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and sports, reading, attending concerts, traveling and spending time with his family.
Upper Campus Teacher
Dr. Michelle Bartman has been teaching high school science since 2003. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Education and a Ph.D. in Comparative Biomedical Sciences from UW Madison in 2012. She previously taught Human Anatomy, Biotechnology, Biology, and an EMT course at McFarland and Baraboo High Schools, and is passionate about sharing the amazing world of science with her students. Outside of school, Michelle loves spending time with her friends and family, including her husband, Fred, and her 2 young children, Teagan and Molly. She enjoys reading crime, science, or literary fiction books and cooking a variety of healthy and tasty dishes. She also enjoys being outdoors, and spends her time camping, hiking, biking, or hanging out at home on her deck. Michelle is excited to join the staff of MG21 and all the new adventures and possibilities that will come!
Upper Campus Teacher
Gene Delcourt considers himself to be a jack of most trades and a master of some. He’s been a soldier, spending 3 years in the U.S. Army, an Airman in the U.S. Air Force, spending 7 years installing and maintaining sensitive communications equipment all over the NATO alliance. He’s been an artist, a musician, an avid softball enthusiast but most importantly, he’s a teacher. He got his teaching degree from UW-Madison back in 1992 and after a brief stint in grad school, getting a Masters degree in Fine Arts, he taught for 3 years at West High School. He then transferred to Malcolm Shabazz High School, where he taught for 20 years before retiring to create a business making eco-friendly, metal free caskets. His interest and desire to teach never waned. He looks forward to the challenges and the joys of being in the classroom again.
Special Education Teacher
Paul is originally from Waunakee and works as a special education teacher for MG21. Additionally, he is a fitness trainer and when not working can often be found spending time with his family, 3 children and wife Brittany, kickboxing for Moh’s Martial Arts.
Alexandra “Alex” Mentele
Middle Campus Teacher
Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 with degrees in Russian Language and Civilization and Languages and Cultures of Asia, Alex immediately felt called to wander and started dabbling in the world of international teaching. Beginning in Kyiv teaching English to adults, she continued to adventure across the globe and has since taught both elementary and middle grades in Kyrgyzstan and Croatia. She enjoys taking an incredibly active role in her school and has experience engaging with students through arts and drama, exploration of the natural landscape and surrounding culture, and investigations into what exactly makes our world tick. Originally hailing from Eau Claire, Alex’s biggest passions include biking, podcasts, exploring the great outdoors with her vivacious Krygz mutt, Margot, and playing board games with her English-Scot partner, Stuart.
Middle Campus Teacher
Melissa is passionate about her work as an educator and looks forward to joining the MG21 team in launching the Middle Campus. Since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she has studied tropical biology in Costa Rica, taught English in coastal Ecuador, worked on an organic mushroom farm, taught at both Jefferson Middle School and a Montessori school, and married one of the greatest people she knows. They live with their dog just a couple of minutes from school. Outside of work, she is an avid gardener and a wilderness backpacker and is most content outside, surrounded by nature. She also enjoys cooking, writing, bike rides, watersports, and visiting the library. Her pile of books never gets smaller, only grows taller- she loves lounging in a hammock while reading books of all kinds.
While hailing from Chicagoland, Jess considers herself a true Wisconsinite at heart. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to her role as the MG21 Social Worker, Jess is also the district’s Homeless Liaison. In previous years, she was the MGHS Social Worker and the district’s AODA Coordinator. Jess’ past experience also includes work in juvenile justice, domestic violence, racial equity advocacy, LGBTQ+ resource advocacy, and inclusionary services for children with disabilities. When she’s not wrapped up in social justice work, Jess enjoys yoga, hiking, biking, camping, live music, and fighting the urge to adopt too many pets.
Stacy grew up in New Jersey, went to art school in Baltimore and got a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at the UW-Madison. She left her job of many years doing graphic design at Overture Center to care for her elderly and sick father. Since then she started a business, EarthSilks, dyeing silk using plants, earth and sawdust. This coincides with her passion for learning about plants, “weeds” and herbs as food and medicine. She believes in life long learning, a just society for all and in looking at life creatively while searching out ways to grow and change. She has a deep respect for alternative education and has volunteered at Malcolm Shabazz City High School since 1998. She is thrilled to be part of the MG21 staff.