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Judging Panel for the Forward Together Grant

Judging Panel

Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson

Deputy State Superintendent

State Superintendent Tony Evers took office in July 2009 and appointed Mike Thompson as the Deputy State Superintendent. Prior to his current position, Mike served as the Executive Assistant to then State Superintendent Libby Burmaster. Previous to these positions, he served as the Department’s Federal Policy Advisor.

Mike has a doctorate in Education Administration and has taught for ten years in Wisconsin public schools. Mike's previous positions at DPI include education consultant, director of student services, and assistant state superintendent.



Anneke Thompson

Anneke Thompson

Montessori Teacher, Burlington Area School District

Anneke Thompson is a Montessori teacher in the Burlington Area School District.  She has taught fourth, fifth, and sixth graders for the past 17 years.  Prior to becoming a Montessori teacher, she was a special education teacher in Illinois.  During the past three years, she has been an advisor for the Techno Dragons club.  Students in the club learn to code, build robots, and design creations through 3D printing.  The club also promotes leadership skills by involving middle school and high school mentors. 

Anneke was the recipient of the WEA Forward Together Award in 2016, which helped her school to purchase a 3D printer.  This purchase has helped her start a student-led 3D design business.  She was also honored as a Kohl Fellowship Award winner in 2015.  In addition to these awards, Anneke has received additional grants and donations from various local businesses and community members to help the technology club offer a wide variety of options for students to gain 21st century skills.  


Woody Wiedenhoeft

Woody Wiedenhoeft

Executive Director, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials

The WASBO Board hired Woody Wiedenhoeft as the WASBO Executive Director in September 2006. He has been active in WASBO since 1974 and served a term as the President of WASBO.

Prior to joining WASBO, Woody completed a 35-year career in public education as a teacher, school business official, and school consultant.