About Our Team
Wausau EGL’s Mission:
Our Mission is to engage students to become leaders, problem solvers, and self-motivated adults with communication skills and a desire to serve others.
Dr. Shannon Young is the principal at EGL. While being an educator should have been clear to her as far back as high school, she looked at some other careers in the medical field before realizing that this is where she is meant to be. After spending two years at Michigan Tech in Houghton, MI, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Augusta State University in 1993, then a Master’s Degree in School Counseling in 2001 from UW – Milwaukee and a doctorate in education from Cardinal Stritch University in 2011. She has worked in a charter school setting in the Wausau School District for 11 years. Six of those were as an advisor at Enrich, Excel, Achieve Learning Academy, one was as the counselor for all three charter schools in the district and the last three have been serving as the principal and counselor at EEA. Dr. Young has extensive community based experience including leadership roles in the Marathon County Alcohol and Other Drug Partnership Council, Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N), and other prevention organizations. She has 19 years experience working with teens and their families and occasionally presents to parents on communication strategies. She has been married for 24 years and has daughters. Time with family and friends, photography and traveling top her list of things she enjoys. Dr. Young has a firm belief that students flourish when given ownership of their education and is thrilled to be part of the team at EGL!
Peggy Francour is the Administrative Assistant at EGL. She holds the same role at EEA Learning Academy, upstairs from EGL. This is her fifth year working in the Wausau School District. She started working because she was looking for a job and she found a place where she feels her gifts and abilities are used to help both students and staff. She is a life-long learner but most of her education is in life experiences. She has an Associate Degree in Bible and has taken other numerous classes over the years. Her family includes her husband, 4 sons, a daughter-in-law and an adorable granddaughter. She enjoys sewing, quilting and reading.
Michael Krohn teaches mathematics at EGL Academy. His passion about engineering and the academy comes from his experiences in college at Michigan Technological University as a student in the mechanical engineering program. He had two co-ops at Harley Davidson in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. At the end of the second co-op, he made a transition to teaching. He finished MTU with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in general science. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Mr. Krohn also has a passion for technology, athletics and outdoor activities. He spends a lot of his time learning about new technology and getting in the woods to hunt or on the water to fish. He loves to spend time with his wife and three children.
Cindy Bartz teaches students with special needs at EGL. This is her 2nd year with the school. Mrs. Bartz graduated from UW-Oshkosh with her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and from UW-Stevens Point with her Master’s Degree, also in Special Education. She taught special education in Merrill for 16 years, then an additional 16 years at Wausau East. She retired from teaching in June of 2015, but has since been lured out of retirement to teach part-time for us. Mrs. Bartz has two adult sons, and in her free time, enjoys reading, cross-stitching and going for leisurely walks.
Taryn Fuller has been a part of the Wausau Engineering & Global Leadership Academy since the second year the school was established. She has been part the implementation and dissemination grants where she has participated and lead professional development activities throughout the State of Wisconsin including project based learning, seminar instruction, worked-based learning opportunities and personalized learning.
Prior to becoming an advisor at Wausau EGL Academy she taught business and marketing courses at Wausau East and West High Schools and New Holstein High School. She has also served as a Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator and a DECA Advisor.
Taryn earned her Bachelor of Science in Business & Marketing Education with a minor in Business Administration and specialization in Training & Human Resource Development from UW-Stout and her Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Marian University. In her spare time Taryn enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Katie Gilles is the school counselor at EGL Academy. She obtained her master’s degree in school counseling from Lakeland College. She also has a background in teaching with a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education and business management from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. Katie started her career as a Business teacher before moving to the island of St. Maarten where she taught 4th-8th graders. From there she has worked in the business world in sales and patient advocacy. All these experiences have led her to follow her true passion – working with students as they navigate through life and help prepare them to be happy, healthy and productive citizens. Outside of school, Katie enjoys traveling, being active, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Mary Huhta teaches technology and engineering at EGL Academy. Mary recently transitioned over to the education field from a career in engineering. Originally from Stevens Point, Mary attended Michigan Technological University, where she earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and also participated in a co-op with Greenheck Fan and an internship with GE Healthcare. After graduation, Mary worked for Caterpillar Inc. as a Design Engineer and was a member of Caterpillar’s Leadership & Technical Development Program. About three years ago, Mary moved back to central Wisconsin, working as an Application Engineer for Greenheck until just recently. Mary is incredibly excited to be working at EGL and is looking forward to passing on her engineering and industry experience to her students. When not teaching, Mary enjoys reading, gardening, restoring old furniture, and spending time with her husband.
Michelle Lindell is our new English teacher at EGL. She joins us from her recent position at Northcentral Technical College where she worked for eight years in the International Education department, serving as Global Education Director in her last two years with the college. Prior to this, Michelle spent time as an English teacher both internationally as well as here in the U.S., teaching in the countries of Australia and Denmark before returning to enjoy teaching middle and high school in Minnesota and Wisconsin. With a master’s degree in Communication focusing on Intercultural Communication coupled with her Bachelor’s in English, Michelle is excited to combine her two passions of working with students and international education here at EGL. When not teaching, Michelle enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and pursuing lifelong learning.
Noel Phelps is our Special Education Paraprofessional. She is joining her passion for project based learning with one on one student support and advocacy. She has worked in Special Education throughout her career, and has taken some breaks over the years to raise her 3 girls. She has her Bachelor’s degree from Winona State University and holds her substitute teaching license as well.
When she is not at school she is busy with her family at their hobby farm, or enjoying a good book.
Kristine Sladek taught Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Biology, and Physical Science for over 13 years at the Antigo High School before coming to EGL as our Science Teacher. Prior to settling into a career in teaching, she worked in and out of the science field as a zookeeper, a DNR technician, an office manager, a retail sales clerk, and a billing services representative. She also spent 10 years as a Transportation Corps officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, so she comes to EGL with a variety of different life experiences and perspectives.
Kristine hails from Titletown, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Broadfield Science, as well as a minor in Captive Wildlife Management. After marriage and relocating to Wausau, she returned to UW-Stevens Point for her teaching license and a Masters degree in Environmental Education. When she’s not teaching or lesson planning she enjoys reading, cooking, sewing, drawing, gardening, bird watching, and spending time with her extended family in the area, her husband and her 2 girls.