Executive Director’s Address:

Dear Friends,

This was a fantastic year of growth and new partnerships for the Milwaukee Teacher Education Center, and we remain dedicated to continuous improvement.

Our goal is to invest in urban communities by expanding access to academic, personal, and professional growth opportunities and with your support, we are well on our way. This past year yielded many encouraging developments including innovative academic programming with the Learn with MTEC Winter Symposium, focused on Trauma Sensitive Practices, unprecedented student outcomes for the scholars of the Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Academy, a MTEC Charter School and improved financial growth.

We have seen a significant increase in the enrollment of our charter school and professional learning programs and with added opportunities, we are confident that this trend will continue over the coming years. My vision is to host increased enrollment figures across our teacher certification program, professional learning services and school. We have implemented new systems to further increase retention and program completion rates, and I am confident that our plans to address the overall diversification of programming will have a tremendous impact as well. I believe we are able to provide an experience for our teacher certification students and MESA students and families that is like none-other and with this being the case, we must address the ever changing face of education, overall family needs, and supporting alumni as they remain in the field of education.

Laci Coppins Robbins, Ed.D.
Executive Director


We invest in urban communities by expanding
access to academic, personal, and professional
growth opportunities.


My ULC Story

Emily Futter

“ULC is really unique because it allowed me to keep the job that I had, work at that job, and obtain my licensure, while pursuing a graduate degree – the masters was optional to continue at Mount Mary. I really did my homework and I found ULC was the best option for me.

My mentor and my assessor made it clear that I could always contact them, call them with any questions. They definitely set the bar high but made sure that I had the support to reach it. The support was endlessly positive, never critical, my mentor was always giving great feedback–that is really what helps you transition.”

Our Impact

Numbers at a glance

2018-2019 Numbers


Workshop Attendees

Winter Symposium Attendees in 2019

Combined Mentor & Assessors Hours of Support Provided

Mentor & Assessors Professional Development Hours


Total districts,
schools & organizations supported by MTEC


Total # of Participants in the past 5 years

Total # of Cohorts in the past 5 years

Average Mentor & Assessors Years Experience



Net Assets




Total Revenue

Friends of ULC

Northwestern Mutual

We Energies Foundation

Bader Philanthropies supported by the: Isabel & Alfred Bader Fund

Medical College of Wisconsin/ CTSI/Vroom/ UWM School of Nursing/Herzfeld Foundation partnership

State of Wisconsin School Safety

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant

Camille A Lonstrof Trust

United Way – Alexis de Tocqueville Society

Herb Kohl Foundation


American Family Insurance

Greater Milwaukee Foundation Sara Ann Ford Fund

Science Department Donation



First Giving

California Pizza Kitchen

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

PAVE: Planning Grant 2019


Wispark LLC

Quarles and Brady LLP

Educators Credit Union (C) 

EL Education, Inc.


MESA Families

Odvant Creative


Brewers Community Foundation, Inc.

Marquette University

Linda Gorens Levey

Carol Hooker

Maria J Medina

David Gavigan

Erica-Nicole Harris

John Peterburs

Eric Andersen

Amanda Albert

Nydia Mauras

John Weigelt

Linda Harris

Alan J. Skripsky

Dena Nord


The community we serve remains our top priority and with your support and our many partnerships, we can provide an unparalleled experience. The stories of our scholars from MESA never cease to amaze, and every day reminds me that we are shaping the future of our country, as well as the ULC alumni as the next generation of education leaders. I believe that more exciting news is right around the corner, please know that none of this would be possible without your support.

Laci Coppins Robbins, Ed.D.
Executive Director

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