Board Member - Ava McCall
I am a retired faculty member from the College of Education and Human Services at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I taught preservice teachers methods of teaching social studies for 26 years and served as chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for 12 years. I have been connected to the pantry since it was located in the basement of Trinity Episcopal Church and was led by volunteers. Each semester I invited the director of the pantry to my social studies methods class to explain the importance of the pantry as a community resource. The students responded by donating money, food, or toiletries to the pantry. After I retired from the university, the pantry director invited me to become a board member. It was a pleasure to join the board to support the pantry’s important work in the community. When I was teaching in elementary schools and at the university, teaching was my way to make the world better by offering learning opportunities to all students. Education is an avenue to a better life. However, students cannot learn if they are hungry. No one can experience human dignity if they do not have their basic needs met. Supporting the pantry’s work in reducing hunger within the community is my way to support educational opportunities and protect human dignity. My husband and I love to travel to different places to bike on paved bike trails and enjoy the scenery of the area. We have biked on most long-distance bike trails in Wisconsin. We have also biked in other Midwestern states, such as Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, and Michigan as well as in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. We have been fortunate enough to bike in several different European countries (Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), appreciate the beautiful physical environments, learn more about the cultures, and taste delicious foods.