About Me

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About Michelle Uetz

Michelle has a wide range of experiences from which to draw knowledge and ideas.  She is an educator, writer, speaker, advocate, and parent.  Michelle has been an educator since 2001.  She now uses her education, personal, and family experience to advocate for those who struggle with mental illness and substance use.  Michelle has experienced depression and anxiety herself and learned to manage it.  She has taught students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.  Michelle helped her sister through her struggles with mental illness and domestic violence, which ultimately lead to her sister's suicide in 2016.  Later in 2016, Michelle and her husband obtained guardianship of a family member's two girls who were 13 and 8 at the time.  These girls joined their family which already consisted of their own three boys who were 13, 11, and 8.  Michelle and her husband soon learned that the girls had experienced more trauma than they realized and they were diagnosed with several mental health disorders.  Michelle and her husband provided treatment, county assistance, education, counseling, and everything they could to the girls.  Despite their best efforts both girls eventually went to other placements.  Michelle now works to create awareness of mental illness, substance use disorders, suicide, domestic violence, special education, and healthy relationships, and sexuality education.   

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Michelle's Presentations and Trainings

  • Work Experience for Students with Disabilities
  • Community & Legislative Representative Welcome
  • Connecting with EBD Students
  • Dealing With “Difficult” Parents
  • Accommodating Special Education Students in Online Learning
  • Safe Environment Training (Domestic Violence & Mental Illness)
  • Mental Illness: A Family Perspective
  • Self Care for Care Takers & Educators
  • Let Your Light Shine: Mental Illness
  • Mental Illness In The Classroom 
  • Transitioning with Mental Illness
  • Understanding and Breaking Through Barriers of Mental Health for Employment Success
  • Take Your Self Care and Shove It you Know Where
  • Triggers and Coping Skills
  • Healthy Relationships and Sexuality Education for Young Adults with Disabilities

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Professional Committees & Memberships

  • DPI Academic and Career Planning Task Force 2013
  • Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative Transition Coordinator Network 2010-2013
  • Pierce and St. Croix County County Coalition on Transition 
  • National Association of Special Education Teachers 
  • Site Council for River Falls High School responsible for planning a Career Fair and Financial Literacy Day 
  • Technology Committee for River Falls School District
  • Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative Summary of Performance Revision Committee 
  • Prescott High School Response to Intervention Committee 
  • Prescott High School Positive Behavior Intervention System Committee Prescott High School Professional Learning Community Leadership Team Prescott High School School Failure Rate Committee
  • Prescott High School Differentiation Committee
  • White Bear Lake Area Schools Make It OK Mental Health Campaign
  • Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist Advisory Committee - Co-Chair of Employment Subcommittee

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Publications

  •  Bergland, Mark; Lundeberg, Mary; Klyczek, Karen; Sweet, Jennifer; Emmons, Jean; Martin, Christine; Marsh, Katherine; Werner, Joy; Jarvis-Uetz, Michelle, (2006).  Exploring biotechnology using case-based multimedia.  American Biology Teacher, v68 n2 p81-86.


  • Uetz, Michelle. (2011). How Do Job Related Field Experiences Affect Job Readiness in Secondary Transition Students? Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 127-145.



  • Uetz, Michelle. (2014) Education for Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Offenders with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.  Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.  Vol. XXVI, No. 2-3


  • Healthy Relationships and Sexuality Education for Young Adults with Disabilities Teacher Guide & Student Guide: Mild, Moderate, and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. Self-Published 2016


  • Medical Exam Picture Guide for Victims of Sexual Assault with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  Hennepin County Medical Center Sexual Assault Response Team 2016. 


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Volunteer Experience

  • Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist Advisory Committee  (CPSAC)
  • CPSAC Co-Chair of Employment Subcommittee
  • High School religious education small group leader
  • Pierce-St. Croix County CARES (Creating a Responsive and Effective System) for Promoting and Protecting Our Children's Wellbeing 
  • Youth Hockey Association Tournament Committee; Picture Coordinator; Social Media Communications, and Open Hockey Coordinator 
  • Phi Mu Fraternity Alumnae Association President 
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Field Advocate and Walk Coordinator 
  • Phi Mu Fraternity Alumnae Association Vice President of Programming 
  • U of M Masonic Children's Hospital Children and Adolescent Behavioral Health Advisory Board
  • Youth Baseball Association Board - Concession Coordinator 
  • Bridge for Youth and Adults with Disabilities Community Action Council 
  • Committee Chair for Team Danica Fundraising Benefit 
  • Youth Hockey Association Board - Communications Chair 
  • School PTO President

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Licensure & Certification

 

  • Wisconsin Certified Parent Peer Specialist 9/2019
  • Trainer of Wisconsin Certified Parent Peer Specialists 07/2018
  • Minnesota Certified Family Peer Specialist 01/2018
  • Mental Health First Aid Certification 07/2017 
  • Completion of Customized Employment Training by Mark Gold & Associates October 2011


Wisconsin Teacher Licenses:

  • 605 6-12 Biology/Life Science & 910 6-12 Health  07/2016 – 06/2021 (Became a lifetime license in 2018)
  • 801 ages 10-21 Cross Categorical Special Education 07/2016 – 06/2021 (Became a lifetime license in 2018) 


Minnesota Teacher Licenses: 

  • K-12 Academic and Behavioral Strategist 07/2017-07/2022


Red Cross Health Care Provider CPR and First Aid 10/2015-10/2017


Wisconsin Forensics Adjudicator 2014-2016 

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Education and Lifelong Learning

 

University of Wisconsin-River Falls River Falls, WI 

Bachelor of Science - Biology Education - 2001

  • Minor in Health Education
  • President of Phi Mu Fraternity
  • Awarded Most Valuable Member of the Technology Leadership Cadre


Graceland University                              Lamoni, IA  

Master’s of Education –Mild/Moderate Special Education - 2011

  • 4.0 GPA


Edgewood College                               Madison, WI 

Connecting Teachers to English Language Learners Program 2015

  • 4.0 GPA


Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative            

Teaching Strategies in a Digital Environment II  2019                         


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WorkExperience

Science, Health and Special Education Teacher

iForward Online Charter School

Grantsburg, WI 

 

Special Education Teacher 

Transition Education Center

White Bear Lake, MN

 

High School Special Education Teacher 

Prescott, WI

 

High School Special Education Transition Coordinator 

River Falls, WI 

 

Transition Teacher 

Transition Partnership School

Menomonie, WI 

 

                     Substitute Teacher                     

Ames, IA


Personal Trainer

                       Ames Racquet and Fitness Center                         

Ames, IA 

 

Health Coach

                            Staywell Health Management                            

St. Paul, MN 


Substitute Teacher and Cheer Coach

Menomonie School District

Menomonie , WI


Science and Health Teacher and Cross Country and Dance Coach

Regis High School and Middle School

Eau Claire, WI