About

Bucky’s Classroom is a University of Wisconsin- Madison statewide outreach program housed in State Relations and presented by UW Connects. Committed to promoting the value of higher education among K–8 students across the state of Wisconsin and beyond, the program provides teachers, students and educational leaders with UW resources, as well as an opportunity for Wisconsin classrooms to directly engage with university students. Bucky’s Classroom consists of:

Meet The Bucky’s Classroom Staff

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Reilly Coon – Bucky’s Classroom Coordinator

Reilly Coon is a junior studying history and political science, and is originally from Minocqua, Wisconsin. She is super passionate about education and empowering young people to follow their own passions, and is excited to work with Bucky’s Classroom to give students the tools to take control of their own future. In her free time, Reilly enjoys kayaking, hiking, and learning to play guitar.

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Stephanie Kressin – Bucky’s Classroom Coordinator

Stephanie Kressin is a junior studying Psychology and Rehabilitation Psychology with a certificate in Gender and Women’s studies. As Whitney Houston once said, “I believe that children are our future” and she couldn’t agree more. She has had the immense pleasure to work with children for the past six years in different environments, such as in the classroom, at a camp, and in a research lab. In her role with Bucky’s Classroom, she is ecstatic to help teach children about the value of higher education; while also providing the tools for building a better understanding of college and career readiness which can help to establish a strong foundation for their future. Outside of the classroom, Stephanie likes to spend time outdoors running or biking, enjoying yoga, and appreciating different artistic and musical mediums.

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Barni Shiferaw – Bucky’s Classroom Senior Advisor

Barni Shiferaw is a senior studying Biology with a certificate in Health and the Humanities. He has been a part of Bucky’s Classroom for over two years and is passionate about helping young students, especially those who are underrepresented in higher education. In his free time, Barni enjoys exercising, watching sunsets, and spending time with friends.