Denise M. Hanson, Co-Director, is the creator of Root To Rise. She has devoted 30 years to working in K-12 public education as a Spanish and French teacher and Restorative Justice and Engagement Coach. She also taught and trained pre-service teachers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds Master’s degrees in School Counseling and Teacher Leadership. Denise has received grants for second language acquisition at the elementary level and leadership development for high school students of color. She has authored several publications, including: “Crossing Bridges of Culture, Color and Language”, "Language Lessons: Using Student Assistants to Bridge Culture & Language" and “The Deep Approach: Second Languages for Community Building”. Her mission is to build equity in schools by empowering young people of color to become active leaders in their communities. Denise lives with her family in Madison, Wisconsin.
Maureen Geraghty, Board member, has been teaching for nearly thirty years. Her focus has been on alternative school settings where she works with students from a wide variety of cultural, socio-economic, and academic backgrounds. Her position at the Milwaukee County Juvenile Detention Center led to her passionate work around social and criminal justice issues. Her poems, essays, and stories are published in The National Writing Project, Re-Thinking Schools, Watch My Rising Anthology, Tacenda Literary Journal, Evening Street Press, Teaching with Heart, The Grief Dialogues, mamazine.com, Mothering.com, Look Up-Poems of a Life and most recently a children’s book, Grandpa Ron’s Bird Food. She and her two teenagers live in Portland, Oregon.
Paul Krc, Board member, has been an educator and editor since 1981. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin Law School. Paul is pleased to be on the Root To Rise board. He has seen the significant beneficial effect that Root To Rise has on all those who participate in it. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Cindy Neusen, West High School Root To Rise On-Site Coordinator