Erin Dahle, educational program support specialist in the Kewaunee County UW-Extension office, has been recognized for her work creating a Spanish version of Home Alone, an online class that helps prepare young people who are old enough to be left home without a caretaker.

The web-based Home Alone Español educational program has created the opportunity for Spanish-speaking families to learn the Home Alone lessons from anywhere in the world, according to a news release from Katie Gellings, health & well-being Extension educator with UW-Madison Division of Extension for Green Lake County:

One of Erin’s responsibilities is to create a user-friendly web experience for parents seeking educational information on the Kewaunee County UW-Extension website. Erin has demonstrated expert skills in utilizing WordPress to develop and display web-based content. Due to her expertise and enthusiastic attitude, Erin was asked by Family Living Educators to assist in the development of the Home Alone online program for statewide, national and international use.

Erin worked closely with Renee Koenig, Kewaunee County Family Living Educator and with Paula Hella, Brown County Family Living Educator to complete webpages for the Home Alone online program for Spanish-speaking audiences. Erin accomplished the task of formatting more than eleven Home Alone educational lessons on the website https://fyi.uwex.edu/homealone-espanol/. Her work on the Home Alone project included the creation of more than 20 connecting webpages. She also needed to use her expertise in Adobe to re-format PDF copies of supplemental Learning Store worksheets that are embedded in the Home Alone web-based lessons. Additionally, Erin recreated Google Documents that are a critical piece of the Home Alone lessons. This work required WordPress expertise, concentration and attention to detail. Erin successfully accomplished this extensive task even while working with content in Spanish language and she is not a Spanish-speaker.

Erin’s expertise in WordPress and her professional tenacity moved this project to completion particularly at a time when UW-Extension resources for IT support had decreased. Erin went above and beyond her regular county roles and responsibilities to support this program.