Marie Justice, President
Jerry Butler, PHD, Vice President
Miranda Starr, Secretary
Jerry Butler received a MS Degree in Art Education form Jackson State University. He moved to Madison, Wisconsin as a middle school teacher and attended the University of
Wisconsin where he received a MFA, MSLA and PhD Degrees. Butler also attended
Harvard University’s Summer Institute for Transformational Leadership in Education.
Butler served as a K12 art teacher for the Madison Metropolitan School District for many
years before becoming an Associate Dean at Madison College in Madison Wisconsin.
He served on the Kennedy Center Arts Alliance Network Board and was on the faculty at Central Connecticut State University where he created public art works in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas and Connecticut. Butler is the owner of Arts and Design Works LLC., of Madison.
Marie Justice was born in California, raised in Illinois, and is now enjoying life in Wisconsin’s capital city and loves her adopted home. When she’s not with her four children or working on social justice films with her husband Johnny, she's in front of the camera as a host with the Discover Wisconsin crew or, can be found on stage acting or directing in Madison’s local theater scene. But her passion is social justice and producing films that focus on changing the way people interact and care for one another through her own production company, Justice&Justice Productions.
Greetings, my name is Miranda Starr. I am currently teaching Kindergarten at One City Schools here on the South Side of Madison. This is my 12th year teaching in education. I graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education there. I grew up in a very small town in Northern Illinois where I lived until my son and I moved to Middleton a little over 5 years ago. My son Harper is a Freshman at Middleton High School. He loves soccer and I love him. He keeps me busy running from soccer field to soccer field across Wisconsin. Education is my passion and children are my joy. I believe in
creating lifelong learners who are confident and kind.
“ Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.”
After 13 years with the Madison Metropolitan School District, I reconnected with my Early Childhood roots to lead the community at Big Oak Child Care Center. Prior to Big Oak, I spent eleven years in the primary/elementary classroom. Upon leaving the classroom, I spent five years working to support elementary students and teachers around Social Emotional Learning and build efficient systems of intervention. I bring enthusiasm, sensitivity, and high expectations of myself and others to everything I do. I enjoy solving problems and working with others on complex projects, and know how to find people’s strengths to build efficient ways of working together towards common goals.
I hold a Master's of Educational Administration from Concordia University Wisconsin, and am certified from the State of Wisconsin as a Principal (Early Childhood-Adolescence) and Teacher (K-8). I have Specialized Professional Development in Race, Equity, and Restorative Justice; Student-Centered Coaching; Assessment Literacy and System Coordination; Implementing Systems of Behavior Intervention; Nonviolent Crisis Intervention; School Improvement Planning.
Julie Traxler, Treasurer