University of Wisconsin–Madison

MSPE Teaching Assistants

Katie Ostrander

Katie Ostrander is a third-year graduate student in Educational Psychology. Katie has been a teaching assistant for several classes during her time as a graduate and undergraduate student and is excited to join the MSPE team during the Fall 2016 semester. Katie’s role includes assisting with the teaching of MSPE courses and helping with administrative aspects of the program.

Katie earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in School Psychology and developing her dissertation on early education programs for children experiencing poverty.

Photo of Tanya NovotnakTanya Novotnak

Tanya Novotnak is a second-year school psychology student from Madison. She earned a B.A. from Knox College (Galesburg, IL) in psychology and French. Tanya has enjoyed developing as a teacher through service in AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, and as a TA in undergraduate and graduate school. Tanya is advised by Craig Albers, and she is interested in community prevention and early intervention strategies including parent/family engagement interventions and community-level strategies for promoting family well-being. Currently, Tanya is involved in research on a parent-teacher consultation model for middle school students with behavior challenges, as well as a rural education research project. Tanya enjoys exploring the outdoors, cooking, and learning languages. Her role within the MSPE program includes acting as teaching assistant for MSPE courses and posting to MSPE’s Facebook account.