Hi my name is Ellie Poikonen (soon to be Rashke). This is my second year in the classroom and first at Catholic East! Prior to teaching, I spent time as a research assistant, formative evaluation intern, and educational technology analyst. I hold a B.S. in Biology (emphasis in neurobiology) from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Mind, Brain, and Education. I am driven by the belief that all children can be successful when given the right support. I grew up in a small town in Minnesota where my parents co-run a family childcare and preschool program out of their home. I have always loved being around kids! Although I am a Minnesota native, I have come to love the state of Wisconsin. In my free time, you can find me walking my dog Winnie along the Milwaukee River and catching up on audiobooks!