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ABOUT US

The mission of U.S. University Pathways is to create key pathways to foster the exchange of education in the state of Wisconsin and beyond.

 

"Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students."

SOLOMON ORTIZ

 
 

MEET OUR TEACHERS

At Guangwai-Pacelli High School

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ROSE LAMENSDORF

Rose Lamensdorf, born and raised in Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in English Linguistics and Political Science. She chose to pursue teaching after spending a summer as an intern with the Women’s Education Project in South India, teaching English classes and working to empower young women. She is passionate about building relationships with her students and embracing the culture of the country in which she is living. In addition to India, she has also taught in Ecuador and China. She is excited to return to Guangwai-Pacelli High School for a second year as both an English/ESL teacher, and head teacher of foreign staff. In her free time, she enjoys being outside and cooking!

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BRIAN HONERBAUM

Brian Honerbaum grew up in Illinois, but has lived in Iowa since he graduated high school. He graduated from Loras College with a bachelor’s in history. During his first few years of teacher, he spent his summers teaching English in Ukraine. His favorite part of teaching is building relationships with his students and their families. He believes that is a simple way to help promote success in and out of the classroom. He is extremely excited to start the next chapter of his teaching career at Guangwai-Pacelli High School!

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RYAN ALME

Ryan Alme grew up in Minnesota, and graduated from The University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire with a Bachelor's in Geography and Science and Technical Writing. He chose to pursue education out of his respect for the great teachers he's had, and his firm belief in the importance of education. His favorite aspects of teaching are the endless self-challenge it demands, and watching students grow and achieve their goals. Ryan is excited to put his full energy into teaching at GPHS, and to work with Chinese students firsthand and learn more about China and its culture. When he is not in the classroom, Ryan likes to spend time with his friends and express himself through music and art.

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GREGRORY GRICE

My name is Gregory N. Grice.  I am a citizen of the United States. I grew up in Texas, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. and Aberdeen, Scotland.  I have been teaching High School and university courses in China for thirteen plus years.  During this time I have come to know China and her people quite well.  I believe I have grown as a teacher during this time and have learned, to some degree, what is needed to create a constructive classroom experience.  I find that connecting with my students on a personal level is one important key to accomplishing our mutual educational goals.I have a BS in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and an AA in Magnetic Resonance Imaging from Sonoma College. My hobby is Macrophotography (insect and plant life), along with a general interest in the reading of World War II history (European Theater). I am honored to be part of the Teaching Staff at Guangwai-Pacelli High School.

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OMOYOFUNMI OSARUMENSE

Omoyofunmi Oluwabunmi Osarumwense is a passionate young leader and a teacher at heart, hails from Ondo state, Nigeria. has a background of a Bachelor Degree in Engineering with a major in Civil Engineering from Liaoning Shihua University (LSU), P.R China. Oluwabunmi is a member of the American society of civil engineers, LSU-Chapter, Oluwabunmi is a very proactive and dedicated young teacher, and has been engaged in empowering, capacity building, volunteering and training youths through various Youth Platforms including creation of free mathematics review-classes for international students across two universities in northern part of China. Effective at building relationships and coordinating with peers, staff and upper management, utilizing bilingual fluency in English and Chinese language in this globalization era, he believe in creating new reality (你的幸福是我的快乐). At leisure-time, Oluwabunmi enjoys playing musical instrument-Saxophone, football and tourism. He is working at Guangwai-Pacelli High School, Guangdong province, P.R, China, and he’s very much happy to continue working at Guangwai-Pacelli High School for a second year as both Physics and Mathematics teacher.

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CHARLES SCHOENBERG

Charles Schoenberg graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in May 2018 with his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Social Studies Comprehensive. In addition to teaching History, Schoenberg is licensed and qualified to teach Economics, Sociology, Geography, Civics, and Psychology. Schoenberg was a founding staff member at Guangwai-Pacelli High School, teaching World History and Economics in the 2018-19 academic year. He now serves as a sixth grade Social Studies teacher at Horizon Middle School, in Colorado Springs.

 
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PATRICK GLENN HAGEN

Dr. Patrick Glenn Hagen served as Founding Principal of Guangwai-Pacelli High School in 2018-2019. In that role, he translated the Pacelli concept of American high school education to the Chinese context. Prior to this, Dr. Hagen held a number of administrative positions within the University of Wisconsin system, including serving as Campus Executive Officer and Dean at the University of Wisconsin-Richland. Hagen is a strong advocate for liberal arts education and has dedicated his career to international education. For 15 years, he led the German program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

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MR. KEVIN KRIEG

Mr. Kevin Krieg is the principal of Guangwai-Pacelli High School from 2019-2020 academic year. Mr. Krieg completed his Bachelor of Science at the UW–La Crosse and earned his Master's in International Relations from the Brussels School of International Studies, Belgium and the University of Kent at Canterbury, England. He has studied six languages and traveled to 80 countries. He teaches Political Science classes for the University of Wisconsin system and continues to work as an educational consultant for schools and as a research participant with the Kettering Foundation. His professional experience and love of lifelong has created a passion for building new schools and programs that are globally focused on collaboration and cooperation as a means of fostering diplomatic relationships and educational exchange.

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BRIAN BARGER

Brian Barger is a Wisconsin native and attended UW–Whitewater where he majored in History and Secondary Education, with a minor in English, ultimately receiving his Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis on history and broad-field social studies. His goal as a teacher is to develop strong critical thinking skills and to encourage curiosity in his students. Learning is a lifelong endeavor and he wants them to have a desire to continue learning about the world around them long after they leave the classroom.

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ZACH KILPATRICK

Zach Kilpatrick teaches mathematics at Guangwai-Pacelli High School. He graduated from Winona State University with a degree in Secondary Mathematics Education and a minor in Coaching. He taught for one year at Isanti Middle School with the Minnesota Math Corps program before going back to school to get his teaching degree. Since graduating from Winona State, he teaches grades seven through twelve at La Crescent Montessori. In his free time, he enjoys basketball, golf, and volleyball. He has coached middle and high school basketball over the last six years. He also enjoys cars and going to car shows.

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KAITLYN CHAO

Kaitlyn Chao graduated from Carroll University in Waukesha, WI with a double major in Chemistry and Theatre Arts and minors in Secondary Education and Broad Field Science with an emphasis in Biology. Outside of school, she loves to travel with her mom and sisters, be involved in local theatre, attend poetry readings, and read books. She is very excited to teach science to the next generation of students and looks forward to working with the students at Guangwai-Pacelli High School.

MEET OUR INTERNS

 
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BEN SJODIN

Ben Sjodin is from Daegu, South Korea, but was raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a Junior attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying both Computer Science and Chinese. In school, he works as a tour guide for the university and also plays on the Varsity Esports team. Outside of school, he enjoys running marathons, speed skating, skiing, and dancing. He is looking forward to using his knowledge of the college admissions process outside of his tour guide job while also making personal connections with Chinese students.

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LILLIAN DENG

Lillian Deng was born and raised in Xiamen, China. She is a current junior at University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Communication Arts and Journalism. Lillian is passionate about communicating with people, and she expects to sharing her college admission experience to students. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing games, and watching films.

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JAYN WOO

Jayn Woo was born and raised in South Korea and became an international student of UW-Madison in 2017. She is currently a senior studying Psychology and is pursuing a higher degree in the field. As a future prospective counselor, she decided to hone her communicating skills as well as building quality relationships with people via advising opportunities in GPHS. Being an international student herself, she hopes to be able to be helpful resources for those who are facing a similar path. She is very excited to give positive energy to her students and looking forward to forming good memories during her interning period.

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ALLISON HESSELBERG

Allison Hesselberg was born in Kirkland, Washington and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is majoring in Chinese and Theatre and Drama as an Acting Specialist. Along with these majors, Allison is minoring in East Asian Studies. While she is off the stage, she works at the front desk for University Housing. She has a strong love for all things creative: especially art, music, and cooking. Allison is looking forward to collaborating, communicating, and utilizing her knowledge of college life and its experiences with the students at Guangwai-Pacelli Highschool.

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KATHERINE BAI

I am currently a Sophomore at UW-Madison majoring Psychology and Communication Arts Rhetoric. I am also getting a Education and Educational Services certificate. I love communicating with other people and listening to their story. I also love working with students from all range groups. In my free time, I love hanging out with my friends, watching movies, going outdoors, reading books, and listening to the music. I cannot wait to work with our team and share my study abroad experience with our students!

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VIVIENNE WOOLDRIDGE

Vivienne was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, right outside of Washington, D.C., but she currently goes to school in Wisconsin. She is a rising senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Education, Chinese, and East Asian studies. For much of her life, she has had a passion for the Chinese language as well as Chinese culture. She plans to be a teacher after finishing school, and hopes to eventually become a Chinese teacher. Outside of the classroom, Vivienne loves crafting, doing makeup, and trying new foods.

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KATHY YIN

Kathy Yin was born and raised in Fujian, China. She is a senior student majoring in Education Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kathy has been involving in different roles on campus. Her experiences as an admissions representative and peer mentor gave her first-hand knowledge of how to navigate high school students through the application process and assist students' transitions to college. During her time in the U.S. during the pandemic, Kathy enjoys working out in the new gym on campus to stay active.