Science Teacher at Appleton East High School
Science Teacher at West Depere High School
I live and work in West De Pere with my husband, two daughters, and a small menagerie of animals. I have taught at West De Pere High School since the Fall of 1998 and currently teach Environmental Science and Biology. Additionally, I am a board member on our City's citizen-driven sustainability committee, SEEDs for De Pere and on the board of De Pere Sister Cities International. Becoming a teacher was more of a wandering journey than one would think. Upon graduating with a BS in Biology from UWSP in 1995, I soon realized that unfortunately I had no career plans prepared. My experiences in residence hall leadership during my college years had built up my confidence, and I truly loved natural science. Talking it through with my grandparents that summer, I realized that I wanted to teach, and my parents supported my decision to return to school. Three years later (in 1998) I had my teaching certification, got married, and got my first job at West De Pere. It took a while to get my feet under me, but I finally feel like I've hit my stride, and I can't imagine doing anything else. Dana Lex earned a Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year Award in 2014 from her alma mater UW-Stevens Point. She is a 2013 Golden Apple Award recipient alongside her colleagues in the West De Pere High School Science Department and also earned the Brown County Conservation Alliance's Educator of the Year Award in 2010 for her contributions to the LFRWMP program's bird monitoring component.
Retired teacher/mentor for Green Bay East High School
Science Teacher at Green Bay Southwest High School
Science Teacher at Green Bay West High School
Science Teacher at Kaukauna High School
Stefanie Stainton has been a science teacher at Kaukauna High School since 2016 and she will currently be teaching AP Environmental Science, UW-Oshskosh CAPP Biology 104, PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science, and PLTW Human Body Systems. Stefanie has always been passionate about helping students apply course content to real-world experiences and having students participate in community based projects. While teaching at Pulaski High School (Stefanie was a science teacher there from 2005 - 2013), Stefanie and her students joined the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring program and became involved by monitoring water quality and creating a community outreach event about the Area of Concern in Lower Green Bay and the Fox River. Stefanie’s students partnered with Oneida High School students to monitor Trout Creek and the experiences that her students had in Pulaski inspired her to continue working with the program in Kaukauna. In 2017 Kaukauna High School became part of the LFRWMP and started to monitor Kankapot Creek. Stefanie is excited to continue participating in the program and to work on environmental science projects in the Kaukauna community. Stefanie’s students have also participated in data collection at 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna for an invasive species removal project using goats as a biological control method. Stefanie is a recipient of the Golden Apple Award from the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce (2005). Stefanie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science/Secondary Education from UW-Stevens Point and has her Masters of Science in Teaching with a Biology emphasis from UW-Stevens Point.