Liberal Arts Instructors
MEGAN BLOUNT, BS, DC
Dr. Blount earned a doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University. Her experience includes work as a practicing clinician for 10 years while teaching at area trade schools, technical colleges, and universities. Retired from practice, she now teaches full time in the areas of anatomy and physiology and microbiology.
“I love teaching the natural sciences because it challenges a student’s thinking process while providing a functional knowledge of the human body. I owe it to my students to make a difficult subject approachable by bringing consistency, humor, and warmth to the classroom. I help students going into a healthcare field acquire the necessary foundation to make appropriate decisions that lead to beneficial outcomes.”
LAUREN EBBECKE, BA, MS
Lauren earned her MS in cellular biology from Western Kentucky University and her MS in natural resources from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Her coursework and research have covered topics in a wide variety of sciences including renewable energy, sustainability, botany, human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and immunology. She keeps up with the current research and is passionate about life-long learning for her own professional development. Lauren’s research has included identifying DNA sequences in ferns, mentoring women in science, and the latest treatment for patients with mastocytosis.
“Teaching gives me the opportunity to provide a meaningful learning experience for students. I love sharing my enthusiasm for science and watching my students get excited when the “light bulb” goes on. I also love getting to know my students and watching them grow both professionally and personally—it’s a real privilege to make a positive difference in their lives
DEBORAH KRAUSE, BS, MS, PhD
Dr. Krause has a PhD in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University. In addition to teaching at several colleges in the past, she has over a decade of experience working in clinical settings. Dr. Krause is dedicated to being a lifelong learner by regularly attending continuing education workshops and participating in professional conferences.
“I am privileged to be a facilitator of goals, dreams, and new beginnings through insights gained from psychology.”
MEGAN KUNDINGER, BS, MS
Megan holds a master’s degree in bacterial genetics and pathogenicity from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining Mid-State, Megan worked with research labs at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and in the Environmental Health and Medical Genetics labs at the Marshfield Laboratories. She has published papers on bacterial genetics in research journals.
“Teaching allows me to share my passion for science with my students every day. I love seeing their faces when they accomplish their goals.”
SANDRA NICHOLS, BA, MA
Sandra earned her MA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She pursues additional education in reading development, social media writing, nonfiction writing, and narrative writing. She has also edited for organizational publications and has small business development and operations experience. An ongoing editor and contributor to state reading journals and writing organization newsletters keeps her writing skills current.
“What can be more satisfying in life than helping someone reach their potential, not only as a student but as a person? Helping someone strengthen their ability to communicate, specifically through writing, is helping that person have a voice in the world, make their mark, and create change.”
MICHELLE PERIA, BA, MA, PhD
Dr. Peria joined Mid-State in 2018. Originally from California, she earned her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Irvine. She has also taught sociology at Madison Area Technical College, Edgewood College, and the UC Irvine. Teaching and community service are her life’s passions, and her background includes building communities in Arizona, Seattle, and Brazil. Dr. Peria’s work can be found in the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, Sociology Compass, and Ethnography.
“I’m delighted to be teaching sociology courses at Mid-State Technical College, since it was at a community college that my passion for studying the impact of social forces on individuals was first ignited. In the classes I teach, I love helping students turn their attention toward the social structures that influence our life experiences.”
JILL QUINN, BA, MA, MFA
Jill holds an MFA from Goucher College. Her essays have appeared in Orion Magazine, OnEarth, and Natural History Magazine, among others. Her book, Deranged: Finding a Sense of Place in the Landscape and in the Lifespan, was published by Apprentice House Press of Loyola University, Maryland (2010). She is the winner of the John Burroughs Award for Best Nature Essay (2010) and a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award (2013). In addition, her work has been selected for Best American Science & Nature Writing 2012 and Best American Essays 2016.
“Teaching at Mid-State allows me to focus on students in addition to subject matter. Our small class sizes and tutoring support systems allow time, space, and resources for working with individual writers to improve their clarity and style.”
MEGAN SOKOLOWSKI, BA, MA
Megan holds an MA in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Her areas of specialization include public speaking, Interviewing skills, resume writing, and active learning strategies in classroom and hybrid/online/accelerated environments.
“Want to be a better communicator? Think like the other person. This concept forms the foundation on which all of my communication classes are based. If everyone applied this, imagine the possibility of erasing miscommunication! In the words of George Bernard Shaw, ‘The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion it has taken place.’”
KELLY STEIDINGER, BA, MA
Kelly earned her master’s degree from UW–Stevens Point and an e-learning and online teaching certificate from UW–Stout. She is an enthusiastic instructor and researcher who strives to use industry experiences to reinforce communication theories in both face-to-face and online class environments. Although Kelly’s pursuits have been primarily instructional in nature, she continues to share her pedagogy by publishing articles in the Communication Teacher journal, the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, the National Communication Association’s E-Tools series, and the edited resource book, Communication in the Classroom: Collection of GIFTS.
“Communication touches every aspect our lives, and teaching these essential skills in an interactive, engaging manner is what drives me to teach Mid-State’s students every day. Polishing your communication skills equals future success!”
STEVE THAYER, BS, MA
Steve earned his MA from Northern Michigan University. Prior to joining Mid-State Technical College in 2011, he spent more than 11 years working in health care communication. He has also worked as a newspaper staff writer and as an adjunct instructor at Gogebic Community College in Hancock, Michigan.
"As a communication instructor, I see myself as a facilitator and mentor. My aim is to help my students realize that they do have voices and to inspire them to become more comfortable recognizing, developing, and expressing their ideas in spoken and written communication. My goal is to empower students to discover their own effective processes and styles for writing and learning. Ultimately, I believe that learning should be fun."
BRADLEY WEISS, BS, MST
Bradley holds a master’s in the science of teaching from Portland State University and has more than 15 years of teaching experience. In addition to teaching at Mid-State Technical College, he has also taught within the University of Wisconsin system. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Mathematics Council, an advocate for quality mathematics education at all grade levels.
“I love sharing my knowledge of mathematics and enjoy working with students from diverse backgrounds and ability levels. Although we may not always notice, math plays an essential role in our daily lives.”