Mao Thao

Credentials: she/her

Position title: Leadership Development Specialist

Email: mao.thao@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.890.0006

Woman with chest-length black, wavy hair smiling in front of a field. She's wearing a dark-green shirt with a white grid pattern.

Areas of Specialty:

Leadership Certificate Program, Educational Leadership and Policy, Event Planning, Curriculum Development, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Academic Background:

BS in Elementary Education and History – University of Wisconsin-Madison; MEd in Educational Leadership and Policy – University of Toronto

Areas of Interest:

I love gardening, traveling and eating. You can find me pruning and talking to my many houseplants.

Personal Biography:

I’m a Wisconsinite. I grew up in Appleton, WI and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon graduation, I fulfilled my lifelong goal of becoming a teacher. In addition to my primary job functions, I managed the school garden, creatively extending my students’ learning outside of the classroom. After much consideration, I decided to pursue more schooling at the University of Toronto. During my time there, I worked with the Ministry of Education, revising the curriculum to reflect more Indigenous ways of learning and helping break barriers in the educational system. After graduation, I joined the Center for Leadership and Involvement. I look forward to supporting students in the Leadership Certificate Program and hearing about their unique journeys.

Favorite Quote:

Noj qab, nyob zoo — Eat well, live well.”

What do you think every student should know about the UW-Madison campus?

If you ever need a break from the snow and your studies, duck into one of the greenhouses on campus for a fresh balmy spring smell.