Middle School Staff

I teach 7th and 8th Grade Social studies, and World History.  This is my 9th year of teaching. What I enjoy most about online learning is that students have access to challenging curriculum in a supportive learning environment. Besides teaching, I enjoy nature, reading, baking, movies, and running. I graduated from UW Madison with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lawrence University. Finally, I am a proud mother of a kindergarten student and a two year old. 

Mrs. Lynch - 7th & 8th Social Studies

Mrs. OK
Tracy Ostwald Kowald is known to her students by her initials. Mrs. O.K. teaches 6th grade Language Arts and 6th grade Social Studies. She also teaches the music electives for all grades, Kindergarten through High School. When she’s not at school, Mrs. O.K. enjoys gardening, home canning, and helping coach a local barbershop chorus, the Fox Valleyaires. 

Mrs. Ostwald Kowald  
6th Grade Social Studies & Language Arts
Music Electives

Mrs. JohnstonThis is my third year teaching at Wisconsin Connections Academy.  Before coming to WCA, I taught language arts in a traditional middle school as well as several courses at different colleges around the country. We have lived in several states, but in 2015 moved back to Wisconsin to be closer to family. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of WI @ Oshkosh and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Catherine University Minneapolis / St. Paul.  This is my 17th year of teaching!  In my free time I enjoy running, reading, going to the lake, and spending time with my husband of 16 years.  We have been blessed with three kids ages 8 (boy-2nd) ,10 (boy-5th), and 12 (girl-7th).  I can’t wait to meet you, it's going to be a great school year!    

Mrs. Johnston - 7th & 8th Grade ELA

DodenHi, my name is Mr. Doden.  I teach middle and high school math at WCA.  This is my 7th year at WCA and I couldn’t ask for a better place to teach.  I absolutely enjoy working with our students, learning coaches and staff.  I live in Appleton with my wife and two daughters.  My oldest daughter is Lola and she is six years old.  She will be starting 1st grade this year.  My younger daughter is Ana. Some things you should probably know about me are the following: spending time with family is a huge part of my life, I’m a sports fanatic and I officiate football.  I’m also a huge Wisconsin Badger fan.  I went to UW-Madison for college back in 2000 to 2004.  I want everyone to know you can contact me anytime during the school day if you have a question or a concern.  I am always willing to help in order to make WCA the best experience possible for each family.  

Mr. Doden - 8th Grade Math

My name is Bob Pennewell, and I will be the program teacher for the 6-8 Science here at Wisconsin Connections Academy, as well as your homeroom teacher.  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.  I have lived in Appleton with my wife, her two children, and our 2 4 ½ year old son.  I enjoy boating, biking, and spending time with my family.   Besides teaching, I also coach volleyball for Eighth grade girls here in Appleton.

Mr. Pennewell - Science