A Note From Our Founder, Connie Persike, M.S., CCC/SLP

Hi! My name’s Connie. I have over 20 years of experience helping staff, caregivers, and students do better. I work as a coach, a consultant, a bridge between parties, and in whatever capacity needed to ensure that every student gets the care, attention, and support that they need to succeed. 

After decades of working (waaaayy too many hours a day) in the school system directly, I left to spend more time with my young daughter Addison. But the phone never stopped ringing, and I quickly realized that I could add value to more schools, systems, and families as a coach, consultant, and trainer than I could working directly within a single school system. Thus, Supportable Solutions was born.

We’ve been doing this now for over ten years. My team and I create courses, audit systems, support schools, and programs that find themselves under capacity, and generally make ourselves available to help solve any behavioral issue, big or small.

We work directly with teachers, parents, administrators and support staff… and, of course, children… to ensure that everyone has a chance to do the best that they can.

When I’m not helping students and their caregivers succeed, I also work with neurodivergent individuals to help them grow into the versions of themselves that they want to become.

I also love working with the next generation of speech pathologists and teachers as they grow their skill sets and learn the ins and outs of this wonderful, yet complicated, field.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family — including my husband, Addison, and our many four-legged children — landscaping and gardening, decorating, reading, baking, and spending time by the pool during the few months a year Wisconsin makes that possible. I’m looking forward to working with you and solving those problems together!

Connie’s Experience

  • Bachelor of Science – Communicative Disorders
  • Master of Science – Speech Pathology
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction License
    • Teacher Lifetime, Speech and Language Pathology
  • State of Wisconsin License
    • Speech-Language Pathology
  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Certificate of Clinical Competence
  • Edgewood College’s Instructional Coaching Certificate
  • The Flourishing Center’s Positive Education Certificate
  • Butler University’s Applied Educational Neuroscience Certificate
  • Comprehensive Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) Course with Dr. Dan Siegel
  • Educational Leadership & Administration through Viterbo University
  • Early Childhood Leadership
  • The Alert Program®
  • Responsive Classroom®
  • Studio lll Low Arousal Supports Educational Resilience (LASER) Training
  • Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Approach
  • Teacher’s College Reading & Writing Project Reading Institute
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • Mindful Games for Kids with Susan Kaiser Greenland
  • Structured Teaching Philosophy with Division TEACCH®
  • Beyond Diversity™ Training
  • Integrated Service Delivery Model Training with Patrick Schwarz
  • The Zones of Regulation™
  • A Paradigm Shift in Understanding Children’s Behavior with Dr. Mona Delahooke & Dr. Stephen Porges
  • Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing®
  • Comprehensive Literacy Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities with Dr. Karen Erickson
  • Classroom 180 Bootcamp
  • American Speech Hearing Association
  • Attachment & Trauma Network – Professional Member
  • Autism Society of Wisconsin
  • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development

2020-2021 University of Wisconsin, Clinical Associate Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Our Guiding Mission: Connection + Collaboration = Endless Possibilities   

  • We believe the student comes first and the teacher and the parents - a healthy system thrives

  • We believe with the right toolkit every parent and every teacher can support any student

  • We lead with positivity and optimism

  • We celebrate differences and inclusivity

  • We believe in the power of connection and collaboration

  • We never stop learning

  • We are always searching for the deeper why’s

Meet Our Team

Rita Meier Administrative Assistant

Rita Meier

Administrative Assistant

Since the fall of September 2018, Rita has been helping keep the Supportable Solutions train rolling along.

Before joining the team, Rita was an administrative assistant for the Director of Teaching and Learning in the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District for many years. She is very familiar with the ins and outs of school districts and enjoys getting to continue contributing to the field of education in such important and innovative ways.

Rita lives in Cross Plains, WI with her husband, Bill. They enjoy spending time with their kids & grandkids. Rita enjoys taking weekend trips, gardening, going for walks, baking, and lunches with friends and family.

Nichole Ponzer

Instructional Coach

Nichole spent ten years in the classroom teaching fourth and fifth grade students, before moving into coaching and consulting. She’s trained in student-led coaching, is a member of the Wisconsin State Reading Association and chairs the Elementary Reading Committee.

Nichole lives in Oshkosh, WI. In her free time, she likes to read, kayak, spend time with her family, and root for the Brewers.

She specializes in the following:
Response to Intervention
Balanced Literacy
Assessment
Small group instruction
Teachers College Units of Study®
Conscious Discipline®
Trauma Sensitive Schools
Teaching and Engaging with Poverty in Mind

Credentials:
Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Language Arts
Master’s Degree in Reading Education (K-12)

Becky Haen Instructional Coach

Becky Haen

Instructional Coach

Becky was a special education teacher for 16 years before moving on to becoming an educational and instructional coach as well as supervisor and director of pupil services. She has a certification from the Jim Knight Instructional Coaching Institute as well as an Educator Effectiveness Coaching certification. Becky has a true passion for coaching staff and is excited to utilize her experience and expertise to further develop the skills of teachers.

Becky lives in Sobieski, WI with her husband. She enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new places, gardening, and reading.

She specializes in the following:
Response to Intervention
Multi-level Systems of Support
Trauma Sensitive Schools
Progress Monitoring
Co-teaching
Supporting Behaviors
Educator Effectiveness

Credentials:
Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education
Master’s Degree in Education
Educational Leadership Doctoral Program from Edgewood College
Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Licensure
Principal Licensure

Stacey Starke

Instructional Coach

Stacey worked as a special education teacher for fourteen years before moving on to coaching. Her coaching style is influenced by the work of Elena Aguilar while incorporating the practices of cognitive coaching. She believes that every student, teacher, and member of staff deserves to feel safe, academically, socially and emotionally.

Stacey is originally from Minocoqua and currently resides in Sun Prairie, WI with her husband and two children. In her “free time” she can be found coaching or cheering for her children’s activities–volleyball, soccer, basketball, track and field, music, theater–working out, or reading.

She specializes in the following:
Coaching for Equity
Responsive Classroom®
Zones of Regulation™
Personalized Learning
Strength Based College and Career Ready Individual Education Programs
Equitable Multi-level Systems of Support
Trauma Sensitive Schools
Social-Emotional Learning
Comprehensive School Mental Health Frameworks
Restorative Practices

Credentials:
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
Master’s Degree in Special Education
Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Certification & Licensure
Principal License

Dawn Dejulio

Instructional Coach

Dawn has 15 years experience in a variety of educational settings. She began her career working in a school for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities before becoming a special education teacher and math coach. Dawn strives to develop strong relationships with all the students and families with whom she works. She was recognized as Florida Teacher of the Year in 2012 and has a certification from Edgewood College in instructional coaching.

Dawn resides in Clermont, Florida with her husband and three girls. During her free time, she enjoys exercising, spending time with her family, and refinishing furniture.

She specializes in the following:
Add + Vantage Math Recovery (AVMR)
Inclusive Practices
Universal Design for Learning Framework
Co-teaching
Personalized Learning
Social and Emotional Learning
Supporting Behaviors

Credentials:
Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education
Endorsements in Reading, Math, and ELL
Certification as a Learning Behavioral Specialist