My name is Bryan Milz, and I am running for the Green Bay Area Public School District Board of Education.
Thank you for stopping by, fellow Green Bay community members!
As a teacher, parent, and active community member, I believe I will bring a unique set of skills and experiences to the Green Bay School Board, and hope that you agree! I am committed to representing all members of our community and helping Green Bay continue to be an area where people want to live, work, and attend school.
I was born and raised in Marinette. My parents valued public education and the importance of giving back to their community. My father taught at NWTC, helping adults develop the skills to re-enter the workforce and provide for their families. My mother was a nurse who worked third shift so she could help the community we grew up in while still assisting with and attending the activities that my sisters and I participated in through our local public school.
I have lived in the Green Bay area since 1996 and graduated from UWGB in 2000. I earned my teaching credentials from St. Thomas University in Minnesota, through a program to license Special Education teachers. After teaching for several years, I went back to school to earn my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from National - Louis University.
My entire teaching career has been spent in NE Wisconsin including time in Marinette, Shawano, and as a Special Education teacher at the Menominee Indian Middle School in Neopit. After teaching in Neopit, I returned to Green Bay and am proud to have worked for more than a decade as a Middle School Special Education teacher at Washington Middle School. I helped students with both behavioral and intellectual disabilities gain the skills and knowledge they needed to make positive choices in school and be successful in our community. In 2016, I accepted a Special Education teaching opportunity in a neighboring district where I still teach today.
I am a committed advocate for students of all different learning styles. In addition to my almost two decades of work in Special Education, I am also the coordinator for the gifted and talented students in my current school and serve as the district representative for the CESA 7 Gifted and Talented Consortium, a group of local educators working to provide opportunities to academically gifted students.
Recently, I was honored to be selected along with 60 other educators to participate in the first NY Times Learning Network Teacher Project which brings together teachers from across the country who have excelled in student engagement. I believe that collaboration with peers and experts leads to positive outcomes and, as a School Board member, I will pursue relationships with fellow educators across the country in order to continue to improve our schools and our district.
I believe that students are successful when they participate in extracurricular events. I have served as a coordinator and tournament director for the Wisconsin Scholastic Chess Federation, which has hosted tournaments throughout Brown County.
I am currently a track coach and have also coached football, basketball, and volleyball. In my spare time I officiate football and basketball in the area. If you have attended a football or basketball game at any of the Green Bay middle or high schools, there is a strong chance that I was officiating. (I hope that my calls do not impact your vote!)
I also volunteer with the Green Bay Officials Association, coordinating football officials for eight area schools including the GBAPS high schools, and have been in charge of officiating for the East River Pop Warner league for over twenty years.
Last but certainly not least, I am proud to be married to my beautiful wife, a Green Bay Area Public School teacher, and father to our wonderful daughters who are both enrolled in the district. We are a family committed to public education and deeply invested in the success of the Green Bay Area Public Schools. Plain and simple - we have serious skin in this game.
As a parent and as a teacher, I know it has been a long and challenging year but I am proud of the work being done by our students and staff and the commitment shown by our families. As we emerge from this pandemic, there will be much more work to be done, and I am looking forward to bringing my skills and experience to the Board table.
I am asking for your vote on Tuesday, April 5, so that, together, we can continue to advocate for the students, families and staff of Green Bay Area Public Schools, and work to make our district the very best that it can be.