SFHS science teacher moves on to MSOE

Deibert to lead biomedical science program
by Jeff Pederson Sheboygan Falls News Editor

For the past 16 years, Patricia Deibert has strived to bring the complex concepts of chemistry and biology to
life in the minds of students at Sheboygan Falls High School.
After serving the Sheboygan Falls School District as a classroom instructor since 1995, Deibert is set to
move up to the administrative ranks as the director of biomedical sciences at the Milwaukee School of
In her new position, which begins Dec. 1, Deibert will be the coordinator of MSOE's Project Lead The Way
program, which integrates biomedical sciences with high school curriculums.
Project Lead The Way, which began at the college level in 1998 at Rochester Technical Institute in
Rochester, N.Y., is designed to help expose students to how the scientific concepts of anatomy and
physiology relate to diagnosing diseases, research and service in the medical field.
She will also guide the school's Engineering is Elementary program for kindergarten through fifth-grade
“Project Lead The Way is focused on what we call STEM careers and courses, which cover science,
technology, engineering and mathematics,” Deibert said. “As the affiliate school for Project Lead The Way
in Wisconsin, MSOE is responsible for coordinating the program among all of the high schools in the
In May, MSOE was selected as the Midwest affiliate for the biomedical sciences field.
“Being chosen as the Midwest affiliate for Project Lead The Way opened up this position at MSOE,”
Deibert said.
Although Deibert was not actively seeking the position, her previous work with the SUN Project and at the
National Association of Biology Teachers Conference (NABT) drew the position to her.
“I've had the opportunity over the years to participate in many great learning projects and conferences,”
Deibert said. “One of those was the SUN Project, which involved energy transfer in biology through the use
of newly developed instructional tools.
“At the NABT Conference last November, I did a presentation on the flow of electrons and protons through
the use of a Smart Board,” she said. “Through those experiences, I came in contact with Dr. Ann Batiza,
who is the biomolecular modeling program director at MSOE. She is the person that recommended me for
the new position.”
The Pennsylvania native brings a variety of specialized skills and diverse experiences to her new position.
Deibert, who holds a biology degree from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and a master's degree in
educational computing from Cardinal Stritch University, began her teaching career as a substitute in the
Sheboygan Falls School District in 1995.
“I didn't start teaching until the mid 1990s in Sheboygan Falls,” Deibert said. “I began as a sub and it just
developed over time into a full-time position in 1999.”
Prior to launching her teaching career, Deibert served as a mortuary officer in the U.S. Army and worked as
a pharmaceutical sales representative in El Paso, Texas. She also spent time as a stay-at-home mother,
raising her two sons.
“I've had varied background in and out of the educational field,” Deibert said. “I think it has given me a lot
of experiences that I can synthesize together to successfully serve at the college level.”
Deibert, who lives in Sheboygan Falls with her husband Scott, has spent the past three years teaching
College Advancement Placement Program (CAPP) biology, which is a dual high school/college credit
course through Lakeland College.
Aside from her full-time classroom duties at SFHS, Deibert also found time on nights, weekends and during
the summer months to develop curriculum for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Sally Ride
Academy, while also teaching a Smart Board essentials course at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
“I have to give credit to the students at Sheboygan Falls High School for helping me become a better
teacher,” Deibert said. “I also have to credit the administration and school district leaders for allowing me
to participate in so many great continuing education programs, courses, seminars and events through the
“Without having those experiences, I would never have had an opportunity to advance my career at
MSOE,” she said.
Outside the classroom, Deibert has served as advisor for the Key Club and The Talon student newspaper.
She also helped to start a chemistry club this year at SFHS, served on the high school site council and as a
mentor for new teachers and the Workbound program.
Deibert is grateful for the support she has received at SFHS and admits she will miss the classroom teaching

“As a teacher, the learning process has always been exciting to me,” she said. “It is so rewarding to see a
complex concept suddenly click in the mind of a student.
“I truly thought I would be spending the next 10 years teaching chemistry and biology at Sheboygan Falls
High School. I know I will miss being in the classroom and the exchange of information between teacher
and student.”
Recent UW-Green Bay graduate Andrew Jagow is poised to take over Deibert's course load on a long-term
substitute basis through the end of of the school year.
“I have all the lesson plans set up and ready to go for the new teacher,” Deibert said. “It is very bittersweet
for me, but I am confident that the transition will be smooth.”
Although she is unsure of what lies in front of her at MSOE, Deibert is excited to embark on a brand new
“I think many teachers dream of ending their career at the university level,” she said. “I thought about it
sometimes, but I never really thought it would happen for me. I know I am venturing into the unknown, but
I am definitely looking forward to using my talents in a different venue. I think of this opportunity as a
distinct honor. ”

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