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Hornickel's Happenings

Professional Statement:
"To embark on the journey toward your goals and dreams requires bravery.  To remain on that path requires courage.  The bridge that merges the two is commitment." ~Dr. Steve Mariboli
My personal pedagogy as a professional educator is to lay the path toward discovery and exploration of the world we live in through inquiry and self-initiative.  In this process, I believe my essential role as a teacher involves providing the following framework for our students:
1) Be brave by forming an opinion and thinking "outside of the box" in order to gain self-confidence.
2) Learn from mistakes and gain courage by trying and trying again.
3) Develop real life-skills through identifying and utilizing personal strengths to find success as students and individuals. 
My goal and dedication to your children is to be committed to providing the learning environment and opportunities for students to build the bridge that supports this learning process and have as much fun as possible along the journey!   
Experiences & Life Outside the Classroom:
Brief synopsis how I landed in the classroom.  I was born and raised in the Lake Country Area of Southeastern Wisconsin and spent most of my adolescent years exploring the wilderness and caring for animals which sparked my love of science and launched my teaching career as an instructor of horsemanship to children and adults at the age of fourteen.  Along the way, I have enjoyed a diversity of life experiences that always made a full circle back to where I belong, teaching!
  • Masters of Arts Degree and Teaching Certificate with Emphasis in Science from George Williams College.
  • Bachelor's of Science Degree in Ecological GIS and Environmental Science from UW-Whitewater.
  • Certification of Professional Equine Physiology and Farriery from Oklahoma School of Horseshoeing.
  • Second year Science, Social Studies, and STEM Teacher at Neosho J3 School/HNR Intermediate & Elementary Schools.
  • Three years of teaching core-classes at Right Step Military School for urban challenged youth in Milwaukee, WI.
  • Four years as the Educational Sites Program Coordinator for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, IL.
  • Three years experience as a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer at Systems Engineering & Automation.
  • Two year Environmental Science Internship at the Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS).
  • Additional Life Experiences:  Fifteen years providing therapeutic and corrective equine podiatry for thousands of horses nationwide, ten years of managing horse boarding facilities, two year term as Executive Director of the Hooved Animal Rescue & Protection Society and licensed Humane Animal Investigator.  
In my spare time you can find me working with or riding horses, backpacking through the wilderness on a survival trip, navigating a body water by boat or canoe, or on vacation continuing my life-long pursuit of hiking and traveling the world.