Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture
c/o Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures
432 East Campus Mall
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-8180


Kaitlyn Berle is the Folk and Traditional Arts Coordinator at the Wisconsin Arts Board, where she works to help sustain Wisconsin’s cultural creativity and encourage an appreciation of traditional knowledge and culture. Kaitlyn also oversees various grant programs at WAB, working to expand opportunities for traditional artists, cultural communities and organizations, and educators. She joined the WTLC leadership team in fall of 2016. 


Mary Hoefferle
 is the Art Education Program Director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching art education methods courses, supervising student teachers, and conducting program development and evaluation. She has played various roles in WTLC since 2008, including tour participant, fieldworker, faculty member and field coordinator.



Ruth Olson is the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures. She is one of the founding members of Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture. Ruth hosts the Local Culture listserv, and helps maintain the WTLC website. She also helps plan WTLC’s professional development opportunities and serves as one of the instructors during these summer sessions. She likes pie.



Anne Pryor is a folklorist, author, and educator. A co-founder of WTLC, she is on the planning team for the annual professional development offerings and often instructs the for-credit course. She is the board chair of Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education. She too likes pie and she also likes curling.



Mark Wagler, another co-founder of WTLC, collected and told stories around Wisconsin, later took his 4/5 graders on yearlong cultural tours and bi-weekly Mornings-in-the-Marsh, and then at UW-Madison researched what middle school students learn with place-based mobile games. Now semi-retired, he writes about and consults on real world learning, with time out for gardening.