Adult Non-Credit Language Course InstructorsAmerican Sign Language
Ann Blainski is a certified American Sign Language teacher. She has degrees in sign-language interpreting, teaching American Sign Language, special education and elementary education. She earned a master’s degree in the art of education from Marian University. Ann has been interpreting for the deaf community for more than 20 years. She has worked for the Green Bay Public School District in a variety of positions since 1992. She currently teaches American Sign Language at Southwest High School.
Ping Wang was born and raised in China. She has an undergraduate degree in accounting and statistics from Xiamen University in China. She moved to the United States in 1986 and got her master’s degree in math and computer science from State University of New York in 1989. She currently holds a an international and project specialist position in a local company. Ping is very active in the Northeast Wisconsin Chinese Association. She participates in community events and supports area youth symphony. In her leisure time, Ping enjoys traveling, music and sports, and has great passion for tennis. She also loves teaching Chinese.
Stephanie Lemerond, originally of France, will lead a lively discussion about French culinary and cinematic traditions while students dine on French food and enjoy a French film. Founder of France Savant, Stephanie is dedicated to bringing you the best of France. Her expertise ranges from teaching and tutoring, translating, interpreting and travel arrangements. Stephanie also specializes in private tours of France, catering to your specific needs and requests. Born and raised in Paris, France, she is a true French woman with the Parisian accent, and the feel and understanding of the culture. Stephanie stays in touch with her native country while visiting with her family still located in the Parisian area. When not working with French-related activities, Stephanie also works at the family business, EuroPharma, a company which develops quality nutritional supplements and is committed to improve the health of America. In her spare time, Stephanie also enjoys taking care of her horses, hiking abroad, reading and writing. She also wants to be an active citizen in the community and does so by volunteering through local organizations, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, as well as her children’s school. Mother of two, Stephanie is an active mom who likes to be involved with her children; together they enjoy skiing, camping, horse riding, traveling and more. Her husband, raised in Green Bay, has embraced the culture of France and is also very supportive of her busy lifestyle.
Barbara Baumberger was born, raised and educated in Essen, West Germany. After completing her education in Nuernberg, Germany, in international business and education, she received continuing teacher education training through Berlitz International School of Languages where she taught German for many years. She also taught German to soldiers from the U.S. National Guard unit from Green Bay, and taught for UWGB through their outreach program for adults and children. Married with three children, Barbara moved from Germany to the United States. After working and living in various states and an interesting year in Saudi Arabia, Barbara and her family settled in De Pere. She has been teaching and translating German with St. Norbert College since 1999.
Rosemary Sands joined St. Norbert College in 1993 and was named assistant director of the Center for Norbertine Studies in June 2015. Previously, she was an adjunct and visiting instructor in modern foreign languages and literatures (Spanish and Italian), and later served as director of study abroad from 2002 until 2015. Sands earned her doctorate in Spanish and Italian from Middlebury College. Her dissertation, La desamortización eclesiástica de Juan Álvarez Mendizábal: su impacto sobre la Orden Premonstratense en la España del siglo XIX, dealt with the history of the Norbertine Order in Spain (1143-1835). Her doctoral research prepared her well for her work in the Center for Norbertine Studies, where, among other duties, she maintains the extensive Spanish Norbertine collection and continues her own research for future publications in English.
Laura Smith grew up in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. She first ventured overseas to Italy in 2000 during her last semester of college at UW-Madison. Laura studied at Centro Lorenzo De’ Medici in Florence, Italy. After completing a semester that included studying Italian film, television, cuisine and language, she returned to the United States. Laura graduated from UW-Madison with Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and communication arts. After her semester abroad, Italy was forever stamped on her heart, and Laura decided to return in February of 2001. Her professional experiences include interning at the Associated Press Rome bureau. There, she researched stories and wrote wire copy, translated Italian editorials for English newspapers, and performed general administrative work. Laura also worked for an internationally known film producer as a foreign office assistant. She handled worldwide correspondence in English and Italian, helped plan and organize production of upcoming projects, and assisted in negotiating distribution contracts with global TV networks. Laura has also worked as a broadcast TV journalist in Green Bay.
Malgosia was born in Poland and came to the United States at the age of 23. She graduated from Academy of Economics in Krakow, Poland, and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She is a treasurer and an active member of Polish Heritage Society in Green Bay. Malgosia blends her class sessions with a bit of Poland’s history, its culture and plenty of opportunities to practice speaking her native language. Her passion for her homeland and the Polish language keeps her constantly alert as to how she can meet each student’s personal goal for taking the class. She has been teaching for St. Norbert College since the fall of 2008.
Joana D’Arc Catao
Joana was born in Piauí, which is a state in the northeast region of Brazil. She got her teaching associate degree in 1991, and then worked for an elementary school. Having an opportunity to work for a federal bank, she earned a technical degree in accountancy. Joana moved to São Paulo in 1995, where she worked at Johnson & Johnson, and studied architecture and urbanism. In September 2007, Joana moved to Wisconsin because her husband was transferred from PCMC Brazil to PCMC USA. This was a huge change and challenge in her life because she didn’t speak any English. It made her believe that it is possible to learn a language when you are determined and persistent. It has been a great experience since she has learned another language and culture. Joana is married and has a teenage son. Joana and her family have met very friendly people, and they like living in America. She is excited and passionate to teach her mother language to others.
Oksana is a certified foreign languages and ESL instructor in the state of Wisconsin. She is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian and English languages. Her teaching degree was obtained at the Pedagogical University in Ukraine majoring in Ukrainian language and literature and English language. After moving to the United States, she began to work as a Russian interpreter for Green Bay Public Schools. Currently, she works at the Howard-Suamico School District as an ESL teacher and an adjunct instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She is passionate about other cultures and languages, and is open to share about her own culture and traditions.
Crystal Dory received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. During her undergraduate years she studied abroad in Granada, Spain. After graduation, she traveled extensively through Mexico, Central America and Brazil for nine months. When she returned, she completed her master’s degree and teaching certification through Concordia University. She has taught Spanish 1, 2 and 3 at Notre Dame Academy for the past four years and currently teaches levels 3 and 4. She has taught Spanish levels 1 through advanced, as well as a year-long Spanish on-site course at a local company in Green Bay for St. Norbert Language Services. Most recently she has been trained in the International Baccalaureate program for Spanish.
Jeff grew up in rural north central Wisconsin and graduated from Colby High School in 1988. He graduated from UW Oshkosh in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish. He spent 1992-94 in the cloud forests of eastern Ecuador working with sheep and guinea pig farmers as a Peace Corps volunteer. He taught ESL and Spanish in Haysville, Kansas, while earning a master’s degree in education from Wichita State University from 1995-99. He has taught Spanish for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay and St. Norbert College. He’s been a teacher with the Green Bay Area Public School District since 1999, where he began as a bilingual social studies teacher. Currently, he teaches government/economics, psychology and IB psychology at historic Green Bay West High School. In his free time, Jeff enjoys reading, taking long walks and visiting his wife’s family in México. Jeff resides in the town of Scott with his wife and two sons.
Jen Holtebeck graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish education and from Viterbo University in 2014 with a Master of Arts in Education. She has experience teaching adult English learners, high school and middle school, and adult Spanish learners, and has traveled in Mexico and Spain. Jen lives in De Pere with her husband and two daughters.
Chris Robokoff received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and history from Ripon College and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from UW-Milwaukee. She taught for 10 years at St. Joseph Academy in Green Bay and for 26 years at Green Bay East High. She taught levels 1 through 5 and Spanish for Spanish Speakers. She studied at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as part of her undergraduate degree and led several student trips to Spain and Mexico. She enjoys reading, gardening, travel and spending time with her family.