Meet Support Staff at Toki
Our staff wrote some mini biographies about themselves as a way for you to get to know them better.
Kyle Walsh - Principal
In the past three years, I have learned so much about our Toki students, staff, families, and our community. There is a rich diversity in the people we work and learn with each and every day, and that is one of our greatest assets. As we continue to build an intentional anti-racist and equitable school community, I am committed to ensuring Toki is a welcoming place of learning for every single student and family who comes through our doors, and a place where we all can find joy. I'm lucky to be Samantha's husband, Roger's dad, Gemma's (dog) dad. I also love Wisconsin sports.
Emily Jensen - Assistant Principal
This is my 10th year at Toki and am proud to be a part of this community. I have been a 6th grade teacher, AVID/ACP Coordinator, Instructional Coach, the PBS Coach/MTSS Coordinator, and am starting this year as the Assistant Principal. My goal is to create an inclusive and safe environment at Toki where students truly feel like they belong. I support both staff and students with academic and social emotional learning supports to ensure that all students have a successful experience at Toki. In my free time, I spend time with my four year old daughter, Addison and love to run, bike, and do things outdoors.
Dana Serwe - PBS Coach/Instructional Coach
Toki has been my home for almost twelve years. I teach because a quality education can be life changing. I want students to feel safe to be themselves and also inspired to do things they did not think they could do.Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, reading memoirs, drinking tea, and being outside with my husband, son, and daughter (who arrived in June!).
Mark Siegel - Instructional Coach
For the past 13 years, I have had the pleasure and honor of being part of the Toki community! I have been able to meet and learn from so many wonderful staff, students, and families. As I look forward to so many more great interactions, it is always my goal for students and families to feel like they can be themselves and belong here at Toki, as we work towards a more equitable future. Outside of school, I like being in the outdoors, running, and biking with my wife and our 3 kids - Cole (6 - 1st grader at Orchard Ridge), Theo (4), and Jude (1).
Ben Serwe - AVID & ACP Coordinator
I am the AVID and ACP (Academic & Career Planning) Coordinator at Toki Middle School. My wife Dana also teaches 6th grade ELA at Toki, and we live in the Toki community with our three year old son, Charles (who also goes by Charlie or Chuckles) and our seven year old dog, Ruby. We are also expecting a baby girl in June or 2020! Some of my hobbies include spending time outdoors hiking, biking or canoeing. I also enjoy watching Wisconsin sports teams and working on new projects around our house. Dana and I both love to garden, and we help to maintain and expand the Toki Community Garden.
Toya Burns - School Counselor
Hi! I'm Ms. Burns and this is my second year at Toki. My goal is to create a space where students feel safe expressing themselves and encourage them to be great in whatever they want to do. I am originally from Kentucky, but have grown to love Madison. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, exercising, spending time with friends and family, and watching reruns of New Girl. I"m looking forward to continuing to build relationships with our students, families, and staff!
Cory Foster - Student and Family Engagement Coordinator
Hi, my name is Cory Foster I am a product of the City of Madison, having matriculated through the public school systems in both Chicago and Madison. I understand the struggles that students face daily because I have once faced them myself. I am the first in my family to graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University. My career also includes working at the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County and Madison Metropolitan School District.
Sarah Kose - School Social Worker
Hi everyone! My name is Mrs. Kose. I grew up in Racine, WI and attended college at UW-Madison (Go Badgers!). In my free time I love to spend time with my family and friends and be outdoors. I love to hike, bike and kayak! I am very passionate about making sure that students feel welcome, included and safe at school. I look forward to getting to know you all and supporting you this year!
Ryan Kruser - School Pyschologist
Hi! My name is Mr. Kruser and I want to share some fun facts about me. I'm a huge sports fan! I love to follow the Badgers, Packers, and Bucks and you will likely find my office full of sports memorabilia. In my free time, I like to be outside hiking, biking, running, fishing, among many other fun activities. I also recently taught myself how to play guitar by watching YouTube videos, which is one of my new found passions. I look forward to getting to know you all this year!
Jordyn Riemer - Social Worker
My name is Jordyn and I will be the Social Worker this school year! I graduated in May from UW-Madison with my Masters in Social Work and am looking forward to continuing my learning in the Toki community. I am interested in building connections with students and families as well as learning more about anti-racist practices. I am originally from Beloit, WI and have lived in Madison for 7 years now. Some of my favorite things to do outside of school are running, camping, reading, and hanging with friends and family! Looking forward to the year!
Sara Hudkins - Administrative Clerk Senior
Hello everyone!! My name is Sara and I am going into my third year here at Toki working in the main office. I graduated from UW-Whitewater in May 2019 and received my Bachelor's of Science degree in Sociology. I am the mother of a smart, sassy 5 year old Layla, as well as a sweet, lovable 6 month old Kenzley. In my free time I enjoy watching/playing sports, being outside, and being around friends and family.
Karen Dominguez - School Counselor
Hello! My name is Ms. Dominguez (pronouns: she/her(s)), and I'll be one of the school counselors here at Toki Middle School. I am very excited to meet and work with everyone in the Toki family. My goal is to provide the best support for all students, staff, and families and make Toki a second home for everyone. A bit of myself. I love spending time with family and friends, going on hikes, online shopping, eating food, watching anime, and reading books! If you ever want to talk, feel free to reach out to me.
Abbie Mannenbach - Advanced Learning Specialist
I believe that while I am a teacher, I must also be a learner in order to positively impact students. Born in Green Bay, I came to Madison for college and never left! I have been teaching and learning from middle schoolers for 6 years. In my free time, I enjoy baking, reading, going on adventures, and spending time with my family.
Todd Hillmer - L.M.T.S.
I will be starting my 7th year at Toki as the Library Media Technology Specialist, but you can just call me the librarian. I love helping students and staff find just the right book. I am also the go-to guy for help with technology and Chromebooks. I am also the one who directs and edits the daily Toki Video News. I look forward to getting to know all the new students as they become part of the Toki community.
Barb Mulcahy - School Nurse
As your school nurse, my goal is to provide a holistic health perspective related to the physical, mental and social emotional health of students. With the partnership of families, staff and community, I strive to promote the health and safety for all students. I work to promote an environment of inclusiveness and address health disparities that exist as the result of racism.
June Patterson - Nurse Assistant
My name is June Patterson. I am the nursing assistant at Toki. I have 2 daughters. I have a 23 year old daughter named Italia and a 13 year old daughter named Preslie. I have a husband named Preston. I have worked for the school district for 24 years. I am happy to be at Toki to work alongside staff and families :)
Joan Farrell - Occupational Therapist
As an Occupational Therapist, my goal is to help students become independent in their roles as students, peers, artists, athletes, and family members. I love to watch students make progress when they are engaged in activities that are meaningful to them!! I love to work at Toki because it is a diverse group of students and staff that bring enthusiasm and joy to their occupations. Go Dragons!!
Kristi Eklof - Physical Therapist
I have been a Physical Therapist in the district for 7 years. I love watching my students get stronger each year in order to explore, learn, and interact with their classmates with more independence and confidence. Outside of school, I love going on outside adventures with my 2 year old son, and snuggling my new little baby girl.
Katie McArdle - Program Support Teacher
I work to ensure all students have the opportunity and tools needed to grow and achieve at high levels. I support our staff to make sure we are providing the highest level of instruction for all students. In my free time, I enjoy engaging in new learning, reading, yoga, and baking.
Diane Lea - Speech and Language Therapist
I strive to help every student find their voice, feel heard and truly a part of a community that values their background, thoughts, ideas and opinions. I love to spend time outdoors hiking, biking, canoeing and traveling. I love reading books of all kinds and spending time with family and friends. I am also passionate about animal rescue and have had the privilege of being able to foster numerous dogs and puppies over the years.
Anna Troia - Administrative Clerk
Almudena Lopez-Valbuena - Bilingual Resource Specialist
I am from Spain and came to live in Madison 8 years ago. I was working as a kindergarten teacher for 4 years and as a BRS is Toki for another 4 years. My favorite part of working in Toki is the opportunity to connect with many families and being part of their arrival to Toki, the community, the country.
I have 2 children, a 7th grader boy and a 5th grader girl. We love to live here and enjoy all the outdoor activities that this beautiful city offers. It doesn’t matter if it is cold or hot, we love to play outside.
Radha Sijapati - Bilingual Resource Specialist
I feel privileged to work with some of the most vulnerable students who are new to the USA. In addition to the regular school work, they are also learning English, new culture, and ways of American life. I am grateful that I can be a part of their learning and growth and help them feel supported, valued, heard, and a part of the school community.
Neicy Cannon - School Security Assistant
Whitney Thomas - Behavioral Education Assistant
Whitney is the perfect person to connect with our diverse student population at Toki given that she is a direct product of MMSD! "As a mother of 4, I understand how to mentally and emotionally connect with our youth and am often seen as another mother figure for many of them. I feel I take the time to not only hear, but actually listen to our youth as I feel their voices need to be heard too. Working with youth is my passion and I look forward to being at Toki four years to come. I’m excited to continue building relationships with students at Toki!"
Estefany Armenta - Toki Juventud Program Coordinator
Hi everyone! My name is Estefany Armenta and I am the Juventud Program Coordinator here at Toki. Juventud is an academic and cultural program offered through Centro Hispano of Dane County. I recently graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Elementary Education and a certificate in Chicano/a Latino/a Studies. In my free time I like spending time with my family and friends, cooking and playing with my dog Korra.
Fred Martinez - MSCR Director/ Schools of Hope Coordinator
Hi! This is my first year at Toki, I will be working as the Schools of Hope & MSCR Coordinator. I grew up in Beloit, WI and attended college at UW-Madison where I received two bachelors degrees in Political Science and Legal Studies. My goal is to help provide our students with the tools necessary for them to be successful in their lives. I think it is equally important for us to create an environment that fosters creativity and that empowers students. In my free time I enjoy exploring Madison and watching sports with friends.