Doctoral students reach out after Racine school fire

Thursday, March 13, 2014 5:25:00 PM

Following a fire at a Racine school on Feb. 27, Dr. Julie Steuber, chair of the Master of Arts in Teaching program in Milwaukee, collaborated with Menomonee Falls secondary literacy coach Krissy Lize to take up a collection for supplies for the first-grade classrooms of Sue Saynay and Rosalie Schatzman, teachers at Mitchell Elementary School in Racine.

The four women are connected as members of the same cohort group in Stritch’s doctoral program in language and literacy.

Currently, Steuber is supervising 12 Stritch teacher candidates doing field work at Menomonee Falls North Middle School where Lize works. One day last week, Steuber asked Lize if she had any supplies she could donate to Saynay and Schatzman whose classrooms were uninhabitable due to smoke and water damage following the fire that destroyed the elementary school’s gym.

Lize then sent an email message to colleagues at North Middle School asking for additional donations. By day’s end, they had collected four boxes of supplies, including books, games, paper, crayons, markers and more, which Steuber personally delivered.