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Alumni Spotlight - Katherine Derbyshire

Alumni Spotlights feature MHS Alumni who have been nominated by others for the work they are doing or how they impact their community. Katherine Derbyshire has been nominated for her work in Psychology and the way she has used her passions and talents to give back to her community. Warrior Nation loves to see the amazing ways alumni are changing the world for the better!

 

Katherine Derbyshire

Class of 2007




1. What activities, clubs, or organizations were you involved with during high school?
National Honors Society, German National Honors Society, school musicals, choir, jazz band, marching band


2. What were you best known for in high school?
If anything, I'm fairly certain I would have been known for my more, well, academic involvements than anything else. I was certainly more of a nerdy-type, but I think it's worked out well for me!


3. How did your time at MHS impact your college experience?
I had several interests while in high school that I was able to pursue at MHS, such as music, theater, psychology, and German. By giving me an opportunity to explore some of my interests while in high school, I was able to narrow down my focus while in college, which made for a much more enjoyable experience. I felt as though I was prepared for college from working with staff at MHS, as well as taking A.P. classes which gave me a gentler transition to starting college instead of attempting more college-level work right away during freshman year of undergrad. 


4. What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduating from Muskego I attended the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities and earned my B.S. in psychology. After graduating college, I moved to Chicago to work at the University of Chicago for two years as a psychiatric research specialist in the Department of Psychiatrist. In 2014 I applied and was accepted to Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science's Psychology Ph.D. program. I'm currently an advanced clinical psychology student with a focus in neuropsychology. I recently defended my master's thesis and am currently working towards proposing my doctoral dissertation. 


5. Are there any specific teachers who had a great influence on you during high school? In what ways did they influence you?
I would say that Mr. Wanner and Mrs. Pyne had the most influence on me during my time in high school. I was very involved with choir and musicals during school starting right away in freshman year, so Mr. Wanner played a significant role in my life all four years. He truly influenced my love of music and striving to always be better in my passions. He also instilled the importance of responsibility not just for myself, but that your actions can influence everyone around you. Mrs. Pyne's enthusiasm for teaching psychology really drove home for me that I wanted to work in mental health. Her charismatic teaching style and her own love of the subject inspired me to pursue my own career in psychology with the hope that one day I may also be able to instill a passion for psychology in others. 


6. In what ways are you impacting your community or making an impact in your field of work?
During my first few years of graduate school, I became heavily involved with a student-run, free clinic on campus called the Interprofessional Community Clinic (ICC). This clinic treated community members who typically did not have health insurance and could not afford medical services otherwise. Students from psychology, medicine, podiatry, pharmacy, nursing and physician assistants all worked together to deliver free care to our patients. I originally started out provided therapy services and eventually was elected to the executive officer board, a board of 13 students who oversaw ICC activities, as the research/quality assurance officer. The clinic is still in operation and still delivering free care to help the members of our community. Additionally, I have worked with psychology graduate student associations to provide education about psychology to other health professions, community members, college and high school students. 


7. Any advice you would like to give current MHS students or comments for the Warrior Nation community. 
To the current students - my advice would be to take this time in your life to start to establish who you are, learn what you care about in this world, but also be flexible as you're bound to change once you enter college or wherever life takes you after high school. Be yourself and pursue your interests that make you happy, rather than doing things that make others happy. Life might get stressful at times, but hang in there and surround yourself with positive influences that support you and your growth as a person. 



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Alumni Spotlight - Nick Berry

Alumni Spotlights feature MHS Alumni who have been nominated by others for the work they are doing or how they impact their community. Nick Berry has been nominated for his collegiate endeavors and the bright future that awaits him. Warrior Nation cannot wait to see how he continues to excel!

 

Nick Berry

Class of 2014

 

1. What activities, clubs, or organizations were you involved with during high school?

MHS baseball, Strength and Conditioning Club, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Principal’s Cabinet. Every day after school I was either lifting weights or playing baseball.

2. What were you best known for in high school?

Smart guy who didn’t take himself too seriously and people in my class probably remember my graduation speech.

3. How did your time at MHS impact your college experience?

The challenging college-level classes at MHS were the most beneficial aspect for long-term success. I found myself ahead of others when I got to college because of the study skills I learned at MHS. In baseball and the weight room, I learned about fitness, being part of a team, and navigating through unexpected problems.

4. What have you been up to since graduation?

I just finished my 3rd year at The Ohio State University. I’m studying biomedical science on the pre-medical track. Going out-of-state to a big school with a great football team was the best decision I’ve made. Big schools mean big opportunities. I spend most days at class, in my cancer research lab, and being physically active. I began running marathons and playing a lot of hockey. I joined a social fraternity on campus of about 150 men. Surrounding myself with some of the best fraternity men on campus has opened up so many connections both professionally and socially. This summer I received a shadowing internship at Ohio State’s medical center following around medical teams of physicians, fellows, residents, and medical students to learn as much as I can about the field of medicine I hope to enter. Now I’m currently applying to medical schools all across the country.

5. Are there any specific teachers who had a great influence on you during high school? In what ways did they influence you?

Ms. Pyne’s psychology class stuck with me now 4 years later when I needed that info for an entrance exam. Coach Nitka taught me that progress doesn’t happen overnight, rather it happens with improvement every day. Mr. Bosch had such a challenging class that ended up being most successful in teaching me how to study. Mr. Barry really set my solid foundation in chemistry that was so helpful for my college chemistry classes. Mr. Michaud, Mr. Adamson, and Mr. Bretzmann always kept the day exciting with humor related to the day’s subject 

6. In what ways are you impacting your community or making an impact in your field of work?

I’d like to think that the personal and academic skills I’m developing now will help me become a great physician in the future, which would have a positive impact on the community. I’ve had some experience with my field by taking medical service trips to Nicaragua and Panama, serving those populations and comparing their medical issues to our own in the U.S.

7. Any advice you would like to give current MHS students or comments for the Warrior Nation community.  

I found that the best way to learn time management is to keep a busy schedule now, so things seem easier in the future. Also, try to set your priorities and allocate your time according to those priorities.

 

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Warrior's Word

Warrior's Word Added to Warrior Nation

Warrior's Word is a new addition to the top navigation tabs! The tab redirects you to the Warrior's Word website where you can get information on what is happening at MHS directly from students. 

A little about Warrior's Word:

"Updated on a monthly basis (first Monday of the month), Warriors Word is run by Muskego High School students of all grades. Our purpose is to inform, entertain, and educate our student body. We are always open to ideas, constructive feedback, and new members. We welcome club and sports members to write articles that represent their extracurricular club and/or sport. Our goal is for our messages to come across as positive, informative, and engaging."

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Alumni Spotlight - Kelsey (Hoover) Brinkman

Alumni Spotlights feature MHS Alumni who have been nominated by others for the work they are doing or how they impact their community. Kelsey Brinkman was nominated by a current MHS teacher who has kept up with Kelsey and now calls her a peer in the field of teaching. We love hearing about former students who are now giving back to education and inspiring the next generation of students!

 

Kelsey (Hoover) Brinkman

Class of 2008

 

1. What activities, clubs, or organizations were you involved with during high school?

Forensics and stage crew

 

2. What were you best known for in high school?

I don't think I had any standouts. I was a pretty good student who was friendly to all.

 

3. How did your time at MHS impact your college experience?

MHS has high expectations with teachers who care about your success. The high expectations and the writing skills, organization skills, etc. I acquired in high school all prepared me to be successful in my college experience.

 

4. What have you been up to since graduation?

Since graduating at MHS, I earned my BA in Psychology and BA in Sociology at UW-Milwaukee. After graduating, I married my high school sweetheart and best friend, John Brinkman, in 2013. The day after returning from our honeymoon, I began attending Alverno College as part of their Licensure to Master's Program. I earned my teaching license in 6-12th grade Social Studies while completing graduate courses in Education. Part of my student teaching experience was actually with the incredibly talented MHS teacher, Kenneth Bosch!

After earning my teaching license, I got a job as a building substitute teacher at South Milwaukee Middle/High School. I learned a lot about behavior management and building relationships as a substitute. While subbing, John, our two cats (Ziggy and Luna), and I went through an apartment fire. We were displaced for over three months due to heat and smoke damage. We were just so thankful the firefighters saved our cats!

After moving back to our apartment, I got a job at Brookfield East High School as an AP Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Intro. to Psychology, and 20th Century U.S. History teacher. I also became an assistant forensics coach. I am happy to say that next school year I will be starting the AP Psychology course at South Milwaukee High School!

Besides lesson planning, grading, and hanging out with John and our cats, I have a hobby of making budgeting-related YouTube videos. Being transparent with our finances in the videos is holding us accountable in achieving our goals. Life has been a roller coaster, but I have learned that happiness is the key to success!

 

5. Are there any specific teachers who had a great influence on you during high school? In what ways did they influence you?

Margaret Pyne had a major influence on me during high school and she continues to be a huge role model. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I didn't know which subject I wanted to teach. When I first took Intro. to Psychology, I was enthralled in the subject. Not only was the subject fascinating, but Ms. Pyne had a way of making everything we did exciting. She had a passion for teaching that showed through day in and day out. I remember thinking that that was the kind of teacher I wanted to be. I wanted to teach something I was passionate about and I wanted my students to feel that excitement in the classroom. She continued to fascinate me in AP Psychology. I kept in touch with her throughout college, student teaching, applying for teaching jobs, etc. as she was always there to give me advice. I saw her fairly recently as we both attended the Milwaukee Area Teachers of Psychology meeting!

 

6. In what ways are you impacting your community or making an impact in your field of work?

My dream has been to make a positive difference in the lives of others and I find teaching to be a very rewarding field in achieving that goal. I want to make learning exciting and I want students to know that I care. By achieving these two things, I feel I am making a positive impact in my work and the future of our community.

 

7. Any advice you would like to give current MHS students or comments for the Warrior Nation community.  

For current MHS students, I want to say to enjoy your high school years! You may hear it all the time, but high school IS truly one of the best years of your life. You may never see your classmates again after high school, so put aside the drama and focus on enjoying the moments as you only have them once. Make a positive impact so people will remember your greatness and kindness! Also, do whatever you can to not take out student loans :) Above all, do what makes you happy. Instead of saying that you won’t be happy until you are successful, make an effort to do things that make you happy and ultimately, you will be MORE successful! Don’t compare your life to others. Don’t worry too much about the future. Just enjoy life!

 

 

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