KTEC High School is Building an All-Star Team for Fall Opening

KTEC High School is a tuition-free public charter school opening this fall to 9th and 10th graders at 7400 39th Avenue in Kenosha.

By KTEC Schools

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In preparation, Principal Brianne McPhee is assembling an all-star team of support staff and technical educators.

Students that enroll at KTEC High School will earn certifications that align with competencies identified by the building trades, transportation, information systems, or automation and robotics industries as being skills in high demand.

Brianne McPhee, Principal

Stacey Duchrow, Director of Workforce Solutions 

In late July, KTEC High School announced Stacey Duchrow was appointed to KTEC High School’s Director of Workforce Solutions position. She brings numerous years of educational and industrial experience to the position which will make her an asset to the team and student body.

Stacey Duchrow, Director of Workforce Solutions

Although Duchrow started her industry career as a Microbiologist at Abbott Labs, she soon discovered her passion for education. Fast forward 13 years later, and she is still going strong.

An experienced science teacher with Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) and Union Grove High School, Duchrow also served in numerous roles outside the classroom. This was especially noteworthy at Union Grove, where she was a dedicated STEM Coordinator, Career & Academies Coordinator, District Assessment Coordinator, and RTI Coordinator, all while developing 3 STEM pathways and working to strengthen the school’s college and career-ready culture.

Following Union Grove, Duchrow was the Manager of Business and Educational Partnerships for Milwaukee 7 Regional Economic Development (M7). She worked to foster career pathways, career-based learning, and STEM education throughout Southeastern Wisconsin during her tenure. In addition, she partnered with numerous organizations throughout the region to strengthen business and educational partnerships.

After leaving M7, Duchrow returned to KUSD, serving as the Assistant Principal at KTEC East. During her time at KTEC East, she created a Festo Mechatronics camp that allowed 8th graders to gain industry-driven skills in automation technology by gaining an NC3 certification.

Her passion is creating a curriculum pathway that helps all students find their future through robust career exploration and unique skill-based learning opportunities.

Hailey DeLuca, Student Services Coordinator

Hailey DeLuca was named Student Services Coordinator in mid-June and has been working in education since 2016. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Science in Educational Psychology, an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology, and a Master of Science in Administrative Leadership, all from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Hailey DeLuca, Student Services Coordinator

Hailey DeLuca began her career at Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) where she served as a School Psychologist working with students grades 4K-12. As a School Psychologist, she collaborated with educators, families, and other professionals to provide a supportive learning environment for general education and special education students. Her training emphasized preparation in mental health and trauma, educational interventions and assessment, child development, data analysis, and special education law.

In 2021, she transitioned to the role of Dean of Students for KUSD’s Virtual Elementary Program. During this time, Hailey worked directly with building and district administrators, teachers, community members, and families to provide a holistic educational experience for kindergarten through 5th-grade virtual students.

“As the Student Services Coordinator, I’m most excited to help students find their niche. There are many career opportunities that students don’t often get to explore, and KTEC High School is here to give them that chance. I’m excited to work with the KTEC team to develop programs that are individualized to each student’s needs and prepare them to enter the trade industry or continue to higher education,” shared DeLuca.

Kevin Howard, Career and Technical Education Teacher

From hands-on experience to education and certifications, KTEC High School’s new Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher, Kevin Howard, is ready to lead his students into the future. He was announced as part of the team in August.

Kevin Howard, Career and Technical Education Teacher

Howard brings educational background from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education. He also holds several industry-recognized certifications. 

Howard’s extensive academic work experience includes several years as an advisor for Project GRILL, Skills USA, and Youth Apprenticeship. His post-secondary career also included a stint at Penn State in Williamsport, Pennsylvania as an Industry Specialist, where he taught adult CNC Machining Apprenticeship and an MT1 Certification.

With over 16 years in manufacturing as a CNC Machinist and Fabricator, Howard’s professional teaching experience and manufacturing background bring, in his words, “a robust real-world work ethic and cultural responsiveness to my classroom and the relationships I develop with local and state business partners.”

Howard is very passionate about skill trade development and opportunities. During the Summer of 2022, he expanded his skill-set further by engaging in several CTE professional development “Train the Trainer” courses at Gateway Technical College, including Tool Identification, Torque, Mechatronics, and Multimeter.

“I am very excited and looking forward to utilizing my expertise and skills, NC3 Certifications, and future CTE pathway opportunities for the betterment of the KTEC High School students,” shares Howard.

Liliana Tenuta, Administrative Assistant 

In late July, Liliana Tenuta was named the Administrative Assistant of KTEC High School. 

Liliana Tenuta, Administrative Assistant 

Tenuta will be a helpful resource for both KTEC staff and students with her previous experience as a school administrator and a Spanish bilingual translator/interpreter. She is honored and thrilled to join the committed, dedicated, and professional leadership team. 

“I look forward to fostering and promoting a caring and creative learning environment for all KTEC High School students,” shared Tenuta.

KTEC High School will be hosting two Q&A sessions for prospective students on August 16 from 5-6 p.m. and August 17 from 9-10 a.m. at the main campus located at 7400 39th Avenue in Kenosha. Please visit www.ktecshools.org or the KTEC High School Facebook page for more information.