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Reading specialist , elementary school educator

Barbara Louise Townsend, American elementary school educator, reading specialist. Named Outstanding Leader in Education American Association of University Women, Lake Geneva branch, 1992, Teacher of Year, Kiwanis, 2002-2003.


Townsend, Barbara Louise was born on August 21, 1956 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, United States. Daughter of Ronald Ernst and Valeria Louise (Horneck) Mauk.


Biosystems Engineering in Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, 1978; Microsoft Security Essentials in Reading, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, 1983.


Transportation coordinator, driver for disabled University Wisconsin, Whitewater, 1976—1978. Library Traver Grade School, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 1978—1990, teacher grades 1 and 2, 1978—1990. Reading specialist Elkhorn Area School District, since 1990.

Adjunct instructor Concordia University Wisconsin Graduate Reading Master Program, since 2009. Member strategic planning committee Elkhorn Area School District, 1994, member strategic plan action team, 1994-1995. Mentor teacher West Side School, 2000-2001, 05-06, 05-07 member intervention team, since 2005.

Coach Battle of Books, since 1996.


Council member, Sunday School teacher, choir 1st Congressional United Church of Christ, Elkhorn, since 1978. Leader CHAMPS, West Side School, Elkhorn, 1994-1900, leader PRIDE, West Side School, since 2001. Member International Reading Association, Wisconsin State Reading Association, Southern Lakes Reading Council (legislation representative 2004-2008, president, since 2008), Holton-Elkhorn Band.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, gardening, music, needlework.


Married Thomas Charles Townsend, October 6, 1979. Children: Evan Thomas, Eric Louis.

Ronald Ernst Mauk

Valeria Louise (Horneck) Mauk

Thomas Charles Townsend

Eric Louis Townsend

Evan Thomas Townsend