Courtney ShiringGraduate Studentshe/her/hers

As a resident of Madison for the past five years, I am excited to get to explore the city as a student for the first time. During my graduate school journey, I will be studying employee wellness, employee/employer relations, and current retention management strategies used by both the private and public sector. Human capital is our best resource as a society and I would like to help create spaces in which we can thrive, both as humans and employees. I believe the Human Ecology program will allow me to collaborate with individuals as passionate about wellness as I am and ideally lead to infusing healthier practices into our working society.

I graduated from UW–La Crosse with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. I then worked for seven years as a kindergarten teacher, spending some time in Minnesota and some in Wisconsin. During my teaching career, I realized the dire need for interventions that promote thriving versus simply surviving in the workplace.

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Degree Program

  • MS Human Ecology


  • BA, Early Childhood Education, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse