Welcome to 2021! While 2020 might not have been our favorite year, we are happy to say that our vision is indeed 20/20! As we are reaching the midpoint of this school year, we have taken the time to reflect on our journey since Insight's launch in 2015. Additionally, as we continue to see interest in Insight grow, we have set some rigorous goals for the next several years as we continue to explore ways to provide our students with the opportunities, learning experiences, and mentorship that Insight provides. More about our journey and vision can be found here:


Dr. Rizwan Loya obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. He attended The Chicago Medical School and graduated with his Doctorate in Medicine in 1998. After medical school, he specialized in Emergency Medicine and attended residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center, a level one trauma center, in Oak Lawn, Illinois adjacent to the South Side of Chicago. During his residency, Dr. Loya’s clinical interest expanded further to include Emergency Ultrasonography. He became a Board-Certified Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer as well as a Board-Certified Emergency Medicine Physician upon completion of his residency in 2001. After residency, Dr. Loya went into private practice for 1 year and then returned to Advocate Christ Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency Program as a teaching attending physician. During his 3 years at Christ Medical Center, Dr. Loya taught and mentored multiple medical students and resident physicians. After having 3 boys in 27 months, Riz and his wife Liz (yeah that’s right…they rhyme) decided the big city Chicago life was a little too chaotic for young children. They decided to move their young family to Pewaukee in 2005.


Jim Nelson is business editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also teaches business journalism and editing at Marquette University.

Jim has been an editor for the Journal Sentinel in business news and, before that, in local news, since the 1995 merger of the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel. During the coronavirus pandemic, he’s the team leader for economics and business coverage for the Journal Sentinel and the 10 other Gannett papers in Wisconsin. At the Milwaukee Sentinel, he covered City Hall, Milwaukee County government and state issues, including agriculture, environment, business and Native American treaty rights. He also previously worked at three other Wisconsin papers. He is a federally licensed drone pilot for the Journal Sentinel and Gannett. Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in economics and political science.

In addition to serving as an Insight mentor, he is a past president and a current board member of the Milwaukee Press Club, and serves on the Milwaukee Press Club Endowment Board, the press club’s nonprofit arm that supports journalism education. Jim is also a board member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, an international group supporting business journalism.

Jaymee Ebbers was raised in Sheboygan, WI and moved to Milwaukee for college. She was hired by the Milwaukee Admirals as a communications intern during the 2013-14 season, and was hired full time by the organization in November of 2015 where she started as a Fan Services Coordinator. After two seasons of working in the sales department she was promoted to her current position. "I felt like becoming a mentor was a no brainer as the want/need for women in sports is ever growing. If I could just help one girl get their foot in the door it would mean to world to me! Women belong in sports!"

(written by Molly Bogie)
One opportunity the Global Business Insight program offers to its students is the ability to work as a Project Manager in a small group for several months. Seven students are appointed by their peers to work in this position -- which consists of delegating work, client communication, and conducting meetings with clients and their respective project teams. Back in October, I was one of the seven students voted to be in the project manager position for my group.

Since I was appointed project manager, I have had many enlightening experiences that have allowed me to further develop my abilities in the leadership position. I’ve had the chance to conference with my fellow project managers and even be able to hear guest speakers with experience in this role offer advice and insight. Hearing from people that are both new to the role and experienced in it has been essential towards furthering my knowledge on what being a project manager truly entails and how to be a successful one.

Functioning in a role as ambitious and new to me as this one is something that will continue to be challenging, yet satisfying as I learn the ins and outs of project management. I am grateful to be given this opportunity and I am excited to learn more and more about how to be a successful project manager.

Pictured here are project managers Emily Groszczyk, Lauren Schaefer, Brianna Kiel, Josh Terrian, and Molly Bogie along with instructors Shawn Upton, Mike Callies, and Sharon Straub in a zoom meeting dedicated to sharing advice and insight on project management. Unable to make the meeting were project managers Emmett Loew and Ellie Flynn.


Students in the EHM strand wrapped up their work on Unit 1 of the Project Lead The Way Medical Interventions course in early December. They learned about how vaccines prepare the immune system to fight pathogens and prevent disease and participated in research and academic discussions on vaccine hesitancy, COVID vaccine safety and efficacy, and COVID vaccine distribution. Students also began work on Unit 2 which focuses on the genetics of disease. Students met with genetic counselor Kara Schoeffel from Aurora Health Care to learn about genetic disorders and the tests and screens available to diagnose genetic disorders during a pregnancy. They also conducted carrier testing in the laboratory. Each student collected and isolated samples of their own DNA, amplified it using PCR, digested the sample with restriction enzymes, and analyzed their genes using gel electrophoresis. 
(written by Kaelyn Stephenson)

Our Biomedical Innovation strand of Insight was very busy in the month of December. We learned about contact tracing, the biology of the coronavirus, and predictive models for preventive measures. We collaborated as a team to point out pandemic health issues in our own school, and identified solutions to each problem. Each student heavily researched preventive measures for COVID-19 in a specific room from the high school. Using Sketch-up and 3D printers from the Innovations center, we collaborated with Mr. Lamp to 3D print a smaller model of the rooms we choose, demonstrating our versatility in usage of equipment. On December 16th, we brought together the knowledge for a presentation to a group of administrators. The presentation gave us an opportunity to improve our public speaking skills and ability to actively respond to questions from the audience. 

As a group, we selected our next project, which involves human psychological experimentation and how to complete/perform studies. Collaborating with Mrs. Bartz for her knowledge in AP statistics, we learned about the different types of studies, including how to determine if a study’s result is relevant. After finishing the research before break, we will begin to choose our topic in January for our experiment that we will complete.
(written by Kareen Issa)

Ending off the year of 2020, the Business Innovations students have been looking at different ways entrepreneurs set up their businesses including business plans and business model canvas (BMC). They were provided with examples from other companies and then later on made their own. The students have also dug deeper into the relationships within entrepreneurship and most importantly psychological safety. Psychological safety is a social condition in which you feel included, safe to learn, safe to contribute, and safe to challenge the status quo without fear or embarrassment. Each student was assigned a role and worked in teams to solve a problem which made psychological safety more effective. Students not only worked in the classroom, they also continued to meet with their mentors. As the students started to build stronger relationships with their mentors, some met with other professionals alongside their mentors. This helps Insight students be able to expand their networking and knowledge in their area of study. This was a quality end to the 2020 year and the students are looking forward to working with each other in the upcoming year.

(written by Audrey Pangerc)

In the Engineering Innovations class, students are able to gain real world engineering experience by developing solutions to justifiable problems, which can be anything from redesigning a stocking cart to make employees more efficient, to creating hand warmers specifically for people with Raynaud’s disease. Throughout the course of the class, students have worked hard to become experts in their field through researching, justifying, and brainstorming different aspects of their chosen problems. Early in December, each team of engineering students demonstrated their expertise when they presented their problem justification, and design brief to their peers. Subsequently, the class entered Phase II, the design phase. Each team developed their own Gantt chart (a rough timeline for the development of their product), and started brainstorming possible solutions, while continuing to conduct research on their chosen problem. Each team member created two detailed drawings of possible solutions, and then consulted with their mentors on different strengths and weaknesses of the designs. Moving forward, students will finish off Phase II by selecting their strongest design through a decision matrix, and then use Autodesk Inventor to create detailed online sketches. Finally, Phase II will end with the students developing a mockup, which will receive feedback from peers, mentors, and other experts in the field.
Our Technology Support Internship experience wouldn't be possible without the incredible contributions of PSD's own IT department, who provide the guidance and training to support our students in acquiring the skills and process knowledge they use daily. This month we would like to highlight Jaci Pinkos (below right) and Karine Booher (below left), who have been instrumental in our student training and consultation. We asked them each two questions about the IT world:

What is the greatest challenge working in the IT field?

"One of the greatest challenges in IT is that EVERYTHING is ALWAYS changing. You are constantly getting updates on hardware like drivers, updates on software like security patches, and even the hardware itself as in newer, faster and better devices. When everything is constantly changing, an update might fix 5 things, but break another. The fun part is breaking apart the issue and using the process of elimination, along with other skills, to find out what specific thing caused the issue." ~Jaci

What is the greatest reward to working in the IT field?

"The rewards are the smiles on the faces of kids, and staff that are happy things have been fixed and they can continue to learn/teach." ~Karine

The Advanced Media Writing and Communications group is excited to be sending their January issue of the magazine to print next week! In addition to this project, we have been doing some planning for the coming year, and including one of our mentors in the process! Jim Nelson, mentor to Senior Mia Bolyard, joined the editorial meeting on Thursday, January 7th to serve as a sounding board for new ideas and share some industry focuses with students (below). Thank you Jim, for sharing your time and expertise. 

Prior to winter break, students were also happy to celebrate the first few months of mentorship by planning and participating in a mentor holiday gathering in which students and mentors shared some of their favorite experiences with the mentorship program. Students also shared some of the work we’ve produced thus far, and we all ended with a holiday carol identification competition. Sophomore Emery Bigler and her mentor Bryan Polycn were lucky enough to call themselves the champions!

Next month, look for a link to the digital version of our magazine publication and (hopefully) our first podcast: a new initiative this semester.

After having a term off, the Pathways to Teaching students are getting ready to embark on the clinical and capstone portions of the program. Students will further explore the field of education by observing classrooms around the Pewaukee School District. Time in classrooms allows these aspiring educators to better understand how the concepts learned from class lessons and guest speakers during term 1 get applied by teachers. The opportunity to see different teaching strategies in action, ask teachers questions about their professional practice and interact with students is a valuable learning experience. Furthermore, these experiences allow students to fulfill a component of the human relations requirement for DPI needed to become a licensed educator in the state of WI as well as earn credits towards an education degree from UW-Oshkosh.