Meet the new 2022-2023 Teachers

The MPSD is excited to introduce some new faces that are joining our team.  We wish them many years of gratitude for helping to shape our students into the best possible future leaders!


Blashka

Angela Blashka- SPED Teacher at Jeffeson
About me: 
 I have been working the field of special education for over 20 years. My familly, husband and two boys, moved back to the Manitowoc area in 2017. We have since added two cats and a dog to our family. I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Educational Background:  I graduated with a Bachelors degree from Silver Lake College. I went on to get my Masters from Marian University, then licensures in Director of Pupil Services/Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction from Viterbo University, and additional classes towards a School Counseling Program at Lakeland University.

Amanda BrandonAmanda Brandon - Franklin 2nd Grade Teacher
About me: 
 I grew up in Manitowoc and went to Cardinal Stritch University where I earned my teaching degree. Since college I have taught in a Jewish preschool, a Montessori school, and online. My husband and I have three children and a dog together. We have enjoyed gardening, cooking, and playing board games as a family. Personally I enjoy learning new hobbies (such as sewing, knitting, or playing the ukulele) or reading thriller books. I have always enjoyed working with students and incorporating mindfulness into my classroom.

Educational Background:  I graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, I am certified Birth-6th grade.


Sam BraultSamantha Brault - Washington SPED Teacher
About me: 
 I have been teaching since 2019 all in special education. My family consists of my husband and two boys. We also have a dog. I love being outside and enjoying warm weather. As a family we love to go swimming, traveling, and making memories. In my down time I love to read, color and spent time with my kids.

Educational Background:  I received my teaching degree from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. My schooling consists of a Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia University and an Associates Degree from NWTC.





Ms BrehmerErin Brehmer - Jefferson Art Teacher
About me: 
 I enjoy spending time outdoors, especially exploring Wisconsin state parks and hiking trails. I also enjoy being creative and making art, as well as admiring the artwork of others. I also love traveling and am a huge movie fan. Most of all, I love spending time with my family. Fun fact about me is that I have an identical twin sister, she is probably my favorite person in the world! But, I also love spending time with my parents, brother, sister-in-law, and two nieces, and family cookouts is a favorite activity we do together.

Educational Background:  I earned an Associate of Arts and Science degree from UW-Oshkosh, Fox Cities Campus. I also earned a Bachelors degree in Art Education with a minor in Psychology from UW-River Falls.



Chad B

Chad Bruechert - Washington Math Coach
About me: 
 I've been teaching since 2000. One of my favorite quotes is by the late, great Robin Williams, “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”. I am engaged to a wonderful woman, Amber, she makes my heart go pitter patter. My Son, Connor is in the Navy, we are so proud of him, it is crazy how time flies. I have a step daughter, Charlotte, she loves Volleyball. We love to travel and spend time with our friends and family. Fun Fact: I have done the Polar Plunge 12 times, hoping to get a staff team started at Washington MS.

Educational Background:  I am a proud graduate of Lincoln High School by way of Monroe ES and Washington MS. Went to LTC for my Associates in Marketing, BS in Marketing/Business Education from the MIT of Dunn County, UW Stout and my MS in Ed Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.




Holly BHolly Buczek- Washington 6th Grade Teacher
About me:
 I've been teaching since 2022, and I'm so excited to be teaching at Washington! I have a goal to visit all the national parks, and I'd also like to visit all 50 states. My favorite movie is "Pride and Prejudice" (2005), and my favorite book is "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak.

Educational Background:  I graduated from St. Norbert College in 2022.


Alexander Calder- Washington Social Studies
About me: 
 I've been teaching since 2020. I have a fiancé named Vanessa. I own a cat, his name is Sava. I am from the greater-Milwaukee area. I have a total of 4 sisters, 3 are younger half sisters. I've been league bowling since 2020, my grandma owns the bowling alley. Usually wear my favorite sport teams apparel (Bucks, Packers, Cardinals, Wild).  

Educational Background:  Oconomowoc High School grad of 2013, attended UW-Fox Valley and UW-Oshkosh. Bachelor degree in secondary social studies. Looking forward to working on getting a masters' degree in education.



Nicole CheckNicole Check - Jackson Speech/Language Pathologist
About me: 
 I grew up in Madison, however, have loved living in Manitowoc since 2015. I have 4 sisters who are all spread out around Wisconsin. I am married and we welcomed our first child (baby boy) in August 2022. I enjoy reading, boating, and watching Crime shows (e.g., 'CSI Miami, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY'). Since graduation in 2018, I have worked as a Speech Language Pathologist with local Birth to 3 Programs (Brown County & Manitowoc County).

Educational Background:  I attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2016. I then went on to University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) where I earned my Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in May 2018.



ColeCassandra Cole -  Monroe SPED Teacher
About me: 
 I have been a special education teacher since 2015, and I am also involved in a local respite camp as well as a nonprofit that trains service dogs for individuals with autism. My husband and I got married in 2019 and we welcomed our firstborn child in August of 2022. When I'm not at school, I enjoy hanging out with my family and pets, attending plays and musicals, watching Wisconsin sports or Disney movies, and reading.

Educational Background:  I graduated from Random Lake High School in 2009. I attended UW-Sheboygan (now UW-Green Bay - Sheboygan campus) for some general education courses before I went on to earn my Bachelors in Special Education from UW-Oshkosh in 2015. I earned my Masters in Educational Administration as well as my Director of Special Education and Pupil Services license from UW-Superior in 2021.


CoppersmithHannah Coppersmith - Jefferson 4th Grade
About me: 
 Hi! My name is Hannah Coppersmith. I have lived in Wisconsin my whole life, aside from three summers when I lived in Florida and worked at an alligator sanctuary and worked at Walt Disney World. I love animals and go to new zoos any chance I get.

Educational Background:  I graduated from UW Green Bay in spring of 2022 with a bachelors in elementary education.




Rachel DRachel Danay - Jefferson SPED Teacher
About me: 
 I career changed to become a Special Education teacher in 2020 as a Kennedy Elementary Wildcat in Green Bay. Previously I was the Assistant to the Dean at the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While in Nebraska, the Lincoln Community Playhouse and directing/choreographing the Penguin Project was the light of my life; it's a unique theatre program for kids with special needs and peer mentors. We call it "a social change masquerading as theatre".

Educational Background:  I have a Bachelor's degree in Communication Processes with an emphasis in Public Relations from UW-Green Bay. My next goal is to earn a Master's degree in Education with an emphasis in Trauma Resilience.




DoerschAmanda Doersch - Lincoln SPED Teacher
About me: 
 I have been working in education since 2013, however have been a Ship since 2022. I am always looking forward to the new lessons and opportunities for learning and growing. In my free time, I enjoy sewing, quilting, cross-stitching, making items on my Cricut, watching TV & movies, and reading. I also have friends all over the Midwest so my weekends sometimes include driving to see them. I got married summer of 2022. My husband has two kids so we enjoy many adventures as a family. This is going to be a great year and I can’t wait to work with your child!!

Educational Background:  I grew up in the Fox Valley all of my life and graduated from Kimberly High School. I attended Carthage College in Kenosha where I studied elementary and special education, graduating in 2013.



DombrowskiAnnell Dombrowski - Jefferson EL Teacher
About me: 
 My husband and I are both from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, but we've happily called Manitowoc "home" since 2003. I love being a mom to our three kids and enjoy cheering them on in everything they do, which has included a lot of soccer among other things. Walking through the woods surrounded by colored leaves in the fall is one of my favorite outdoor activities. I also enjoy baking and spending time with our extended family in the U.P.

Educational Background:  I earned my Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University with a major in Language Arts and a minor in Mathematics . I have also done graduate work in a Reading Specialist Program.


DorowKatelin Dorow- Madison Phy Ed Teacher
About me: 
 I enjoy spending time with my family and pets. In my free time I play softball and volleyball with my friends.

Educational Background:  Northern Michigan University- Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Health Education


EisenschinkEmma Eisenschink - Jackson 4th Grade Teacher
About me: 
 I have been teaching since the fall of 2017 - my first 5 years were in a small town called Wabeno, which is in northern Wisconsin. My outdoor hobbies include camping, kayaking, fishing, biking and I've recently been trying rock climbing. Crocheting, reading, quilting and puzzles are my indoor hobbies. I love learning and trying new things so I'm sure my hobbies lists will only grow.

Educational Background:  I grew up in the Manitowoc area and graduated from Lincoln in 2012. I went to college for education at UW-Milwaukee.


ErlandsonKara Erlandson- Washington EL Teacher
About me: 
 I am a mom to two boys. I have been teaching ELA to middle school students since 2003. I enjoy running, walking, home decorating and traveling.


Educational Background:  I have a bachelor's and master's degree in education from UW-La Crosse. I have an instructional design certificate from UW-Stout. I am currently enrolled at Viterbo University working toward a Director of Instruction license.


GanserPaige Ganser- Franklin Phy Ed Teacher
About me: 
 I've been teaching since 2019, but 2022 began my career in the MPSD, at Franklin Elementary as a Physical Education Teacher. I'm from a small town called Jefferson, WI. I have a cat named Piper. I adore kayaking, fishing, playing tennis, swimming, hiking, and biking. Traveling plays a huge role in my life. I have traveled to eight Countries and 14 States. I have been to Norway (twice), Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Amsterdam, and Morocco (Africa). For the States, I have been to Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, South Caroline, North Caroline, California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.

Educational Background:  In Spring of 2019, I earned my Bachelors Degree in Science Education in Physical Education, Health Education, Adaptive Education, and coaching at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.


Caitlin Garbe - Franklin 5K Teacher
About me: 
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Educational Background:  check back soon!


Kari GVKari Groeneveld - Washington Dean of Students
About me: 
 Hello all! My husband, son and I live in Green Bay - Go Pack Go!! We love walking and are outside any chance we get. I enjoy card games and play a lot of cribbage with family. Winter is my favorite season and my family likes going on snowshoeing adventures. I also like movies, music and reading!

Educational Background:  I have been teaching since 2011 and absolutely LOVE working in education! In 2010, I earned my Bachelor's in Elementary Education and minor in Spanish from UW-Green Bay. I continued my education in 2014, when I got my Masters in Special Education from the University of North Dakota. In 2020, I got a Masters Degree in School Administration from UW-Superior.



Lauren GLauren Guelig - McKinley Virtual Teacher
About me: 
 My husband and I live on our farm with our children, Evelyn and Connor. We enjoy spending time outside, taking care of our animals and going on 4-wheeler rides. I enjoy reading and baking and decorating for my cookie business - Wish Me A Rainbow Cookies. I also published my first children's book in 2019 - Wish Me A Rainbow.

Educational Background:  I am a 2005 New Holstein High School graduate. I went to Winona State University for my undergrad in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I went to grad school at UW-Oshkosh for Early Childhood Special Education.



Sesaon HaackSeason Haack - MPSD Title Teacher
About me: 
 I've lived in the Manitowoc area my whole life and even attended MPSD schools throughout my K-12 school years. I enjoy spending time with my husband, dogs, and family and friends. In my free time, I love to read, work in my garden, bake treats, and go for walks. Even though I've been teaching since 2017, I began working with students in 2015 as a reading and math aide.

Educational Background:  I graduated from UW-Green Bay with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.


HaberlandHeather Haberland - Washington 6th Grade Teacher
About me: 
 I live in Valders Wi on a small hobby farm with my boyfriend and all of our animals. Animals are a huge part of my life and I have been part of the Manitowoc County 4-H ever since I was little. Showing at the Manitowoc County Fair was one of the highlights of my summer every year. I have 2 dogs Ranger and Dixie, 3 cats: Emmy, Mickey, and Minnie, 2 horses: Yama and Nacho, and I also have a bunch of rabbits and chickens. In my free time I enjoy riding horse and training dogs as well as traveling and riding 4 wheeler. My family owns a big farm in Missouri and we travel there any chance we get to ride 4 wheeler around the farm.

Educational Background:  I graduated from Reedsville High School in 2018 and then went on to the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. I graduated from there in May of 2022 with a Bachelors in Elementary Education with a minor in English.


HackerTiffany Hacker- Visually Impaired Teacher
About me: 
 I am the Teacher for the Visually Impaired for MPSD. I have been teaching the visually impaired since 2012. I reside in Manitowoc with my husband and three girls. I love to have gatherings with friends and family throughout the year. We enjoy camping a few times in the summer, grilling out, and having fires in the backyard. We also love to go ice skating in the winter time.

Educational Background:  I graduated from Seymour High School in 2006, Silver Lake College in 2010, and completed my Licensure for teaching the Visually Impaired in 2012.



Ashlee HeimerlAshlee Heimerl - Jackson 4th Grade Teacher
About me: 
 I was born and raised in Manitowoc and I went to Jackson Elementary myself which makes this is a very special place for me. My husband Josh and I have 7 children that keep us very busy! We have 3 adult children Landyn, Parker & Ayanna and 4 still at home Kaesyn, Ryker, Maliyah and Blayce who all attend MPSD. I love being a mom and watching my children learn and grow. In our free time we love to travel, camp and spend time as a family. I am so excited to build long-term relationships with my students and their families. I can’t wait to meet you!

Educational Background:  I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Education from Silver Lake College


Shannon Holmes - Wilson 8th Grade Teacher
About me: 
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Educational Background:  check back soon!


Seth HSeth Huiras - Lincoln EL Teacher
About me: 
 A Minnesota native, I moved to Wisconsin in 2009 and to China in 2015 where I taught English and cultural studies. In my free time, I enjoy playing chess, games in general, running, and visiting parks. I have a passion for both learning and teaching languages!

Educational Background:  B.A. in Journalism and International Studies. I earned my Masters in 2022 in Curriculum Design and Instruction at UW-Madison. Dual certified in ELA and ESL, as well as TEFL.


Kevin Jackson - Lincoln English Teacher
About me: 
 My wife, Mary and I, retired from teaching in Maryland and moved to the area to be near family.

Educational Background:  Bachelors of Arts in English from Waynesburg College (now Waynesburg University) in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania




Mary JacksonMary Jackson - Wilson 8th Grade Teacher
About me: 
 Originally from Virginia, I have taught in four states at all levels from elementary through high school including general education, special education, and alternative education. After twenty years of teaching on the east coast, my husband and I decided our next chapter would be in northeastern Wisconsin where we will both teach, he as a high school English teacher and myself as a middle school math teacher. In addition to teaching, we enjoy the outdoors, sporting events, and spending time with family. We have two adult children, a son in Chicago and a daughter in Boston.

Educational Background:  Following high school, I attended Virginia Tech, earning a Bachelor's degree in Elementary/Middle Education and later George Mason University, earning a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an instructional technology emphasis.




 

James JacobsJames Jacobs- Lincoln Math Teacher
About me: 
 I started teaching math in 1995 in Aztec, New Mexico. After teaching for almost 20 years I spent some time working as a k-12 instructional coach and then as a district testing coordinator. Most recently I have been teaching at Navajo Preparatory IB School in Farmington, NM. I am excited to teach math at Lincoln High School! Some of my pastimes and hobbies include hiking, chess and sudoku. I enjoy climbing peaks during the summer in Colorado and most recently climbed Engineer Peak near Silverton.
Educational Background:  I completed my masters in science teaching from New Mexico Institute of Technology and Mining in 2009 in Socorro, NM and currently I am Nationally Board Certified in Mathematics.

JammaliAlexandra Jammali - McKinley Virtual Teacher
About me: 
 My name is Alexandra (Aley) Jammali (she/her/hers). I enjoy being outdoors, camping and going up north to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (906 born-n-raised), gardening, biking, traveling, and playing outside with my 2 puppies (Roo & Winston). I also love taking photos. I have had my own photography business since I was 16! I also enjoy reading, cooking, watching movies, and drinking coffee & tea!

Educational Background:  I have been teaching and working with diverse populations in the Green Bay Area Public School District as an EL (English Learner) Teacher, Math Interventionist, and EL Specialist/Instructional Coach from 2015-2022. I am an alum of St. Norbert College and adjuncts in the Teacher Education department. I received myr MPA (Master of Public Administration) from Touro University in 2019 and led professional development training on high yield strategies that engage and empower all learners.



Marie JenkinsMarie Jenkins- Monroe SPED Teacher
About me: 
 I have been working for MPSD since 2018 as an aide and am excited to transition into a teaching role. I have a husband, two children and two cats. I love to garden and read.

Educational Background:  I have a Bachelors Degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Sierra JurgensSierra Jurgens- Jefferson 3rd Grade Teacher
About me: 
 I started teaching in 2018 and came to MPSD in 2022. I live in Manitowoc with my husband, two dogs, and son. As a family we enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking rollerblading, and swimming. I personally love to craft with my Cricut, drink coffee with friends, and shopping! Some more of my favorite things are Starbuck's Pink Drink, the color blue, any Wisconsin sports team, tacos and sushi, dogs and ducks, and Harry Potter.

Educational Background:  I am a Lincoln graduate (2014). Go Ships! I also have my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from UW-La Crosse (2018). Go Eagles!


KeilSandy Keil - Lincoln SPED Teacher
About me: 
 Hello! I am very excited to be back walking the halls of Lincoln! Instead of an hour commute from my last teaching position, I will only have 10 minutes! When not spending time with my husband Craig, or my adult children Aaron & Mary and Emily, I enjoy crocheting, arts & crafts and meeting with our neighborhood book club. I have over 20 years experience in working with students with special needs, primarily in the area of Emotional Behavioral Disabilities and students with mental health struggles in both self-contained and inclusive environments.

Educational Background:  Lincoln High Gradute.  BA in Studio Art/Business Admin and Teaching Certification in SPED from Silver Lake College.  MA in School Counseling from Concordia University


Caitlyn Klessig- Speech/Language Pathologist
About me: 
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Educational Background:  check back soon!



Ms. KorteStephanie Korte - Franklin Math Coach
About me: 
 I've been in education since 2002. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, going for walks, and practicing yoga in my spare time.

Educational Background:  I earned my bachelor's degree from Silver Lake College and my master's degree from Walden University.




Thania LeeThania Lee- Franklin 5k Teacher
About me: 
 I am so excited to join the Manitowoc Public School District as a kindergarten teacher. I was born and raised in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. On my free time, I like to spend time with my family, friends, and two dogs. I enjoy all things outdoors! I especially enjoy hiking, fishing, and sitting around a bonfire.

Educational Background:  I graduated in 2022 from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where I earned my Bachelors in Elementary Education. I am so excited to share my love of education with my students, families, and the community. I find it the greatest joy to help and see them grow towards important developmental milestones.



QSusan (Qiyue) Liu- Jackson SPED Teacher
About me: 
 I was born in Poland and raised in China. I came to the US in 2020. This is my first year teaching. Painting and photography are two of my biggest hobbies.


Educational Background:  In May 2022, I earned my master's degree in special ed at UW-Madison.


Katelyn Loberger (Wicks) - Washington 8th Grade
About me: 
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Educational Background:  check back soon!

 


Josh MoreauJosh Moreau- Lincoln Business Ed. Teacher
About me: 
 I have been a business and information technology teacher since the 2002-03 school year and I'm very excited to be here at Lincoln High School! In my free time, I love to be outside running, biking, or cross-country skiing. I also love to travel, read, go to concerts, and pretend I'm good at trivia.

Educational Background:  Graduated from Carney-Nadeau High School. Undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University. Graduate degree from Marian University.


Jessica MossJessica Moss- Madison 5th Grade Teacher
About me: 
 Hello! My name is Jessica Moss, I have been teaching since 2016, and I have taught a variety of grades and ages. I enjoy baking, spending time with my family and friends, and my pets.

Educational Background:  I received my Masters from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and I am an alumnus of the Manitowoc public school district.



Vicky Nelson- Lincoln Family & Consumer Ed Teacher
About me: 
 I’m originally from the East Coast and moved to Wisconsin when I was in high school. I go back as often as I can. I have two boys Finn and Noah. My husband Eric works for Aurora Hospital in Sheboygan. Manitowoc is beautiful and a perfect little area to settle. We absolutely love the water, kayaking, boating, fishing, and pretty much anything that is water related. I love cooking Italian food that my grandmother use to cook. Sharing it is even better. My favorite time of the year is fall, especially October. I really like movies, but Marvel and Horror are my favorites This would lead into one of my favorite sayings/mottos “Excelsior”. I have a few that are my go to, especially if I need a little push forward. I’m so excited to be not only a part of MPSD, but this community as well.

Educational Background:  I have a BA in Communication PR from UW-GB. A MS in Training and Development-Management Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College

Niedfeldt, MelissaMelissa Niedfeldt - Madison 1st Grade Teacher
About me: 
 I've been in a teacher role since 2017. In the summertime, I enjoy gardening, landscaping, mopedding, and playing with my dog Jax. I enjoy crafting, cooking, new restaurant excursions, and my family and friends.

Educational Background:  I am a graduate of Lakeland College with both Bachelor's degree in Arts and Science. I earned my Elementary Education and Special Education Certification from the American Board Certification of Teacher Excellence.




OrheimCeleste Orheim - Jackson SPED Teacher
About me: 
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Educational Background:  check back soon!




PiehlAndrew Piehl - Madison Music Teacher
About me: 
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Educational Background:  check back soon!



 

Kevin Plekan -Washington & Wilson Choir Teacher
About me: 
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Educational Background:  check back soon!


PrenticeJeffrey Prentice- Jefferson Music Teacher
About me: 
 I love to sing, play instruments and make music of all kinds! When I'm not teaching, I enjoy getting outside to walk, mountain bike, and rollerblade. Some of my favorite things include coffee, a good book, and going on adventures with my family. My beautiful wife, Marissa, and I live in Sheboygan, WI and have two sons, Smith and Ford.

Educational Background:  I received a B.A. in K-12 Music Education from the University of Jamestown, ND in 2013

Brittany Riesterer - Riveriview 5th Grade Teacher
About me: 
 I’ve been working with MPSD since the 2018-2019 school year. I started as a special education para, and am transitioning to classroom teacher for the 2022-2023 school year!

Educational Background:  I graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School, received my Bachelors degree from UW-Stevens Point and will finish up my Masters program from WGU at the end of 2022.



Deb Robinson

Debra Robinson - Madison 2nd Grade Teacher
About me: 
 I love spending time with my husband and our two dogs, ( a black and a chocolate lab).

Educational Background:  I am a Lincoln High School graduate. I graduated from Silver Lake College with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and an Adaptive Minor in Special Education.



SabourinShawna Sabourin - Franklin Student Support Leader
About me: 
 I live in New Holstein with my husband, 2 daughters (Avery and Austyn), and our dog Von. We like to be outside as much as possible and trying out new fun places like beaches, kids museums, and parks. I am a school psychologist, but will have a new role as student support leader/Dean of students and am very excited for this new adventure.

Educational Background:  I grew up in Madison and went to Madison West. I completed my Undergrad at UW-La Crosse. I received my Education Specialist degree from UW-Milwaukee.








SawyerBrian Sawyer - Washington 6th Grade Teacher
About me: 
 My wife, Debbie, and I have lived in Sheboygan since 1997, when I started teaching. I am a huge Elvis and Star Trek fan, I love science, and I love comedy! (Although I'm not funny.) I enjoy spending time with my wife, and I enjoy hanging out in my yard and garage, using science to solve problems that arise, either fixing something that has broken, or designing and building something new. I also love animals and working with middle school students!

Educational Background:  I graduated from Neenah High School, earned my Bachelor's degree in education at Lakeland College, with additional coursework from various other universities, and had taught science for 25 years.




SaylesAdrianna Sayles- Washington Spanish Teacher
About me: 
 I've been teaching since the 2020-21 school year. I've taught high school Spanish, 3rd graders, and now I'm excited to be teaching Spanish again here at Washington. In my free time, I enjoy reading, sewing, and hanging out with my husband, Bryan, and our 4 guinea pigs.

Educational Background:  I graduated from Martin Luther College in 2020 with a degree in Spanish Education for K-12.



Elliot Schmitt - McKinley Virtual Teacher
About me: 
 I enjoy being outdoors and active with my friends and family.

Educational Background:  Bachelors degree from UWO



Dona Severinsen - Neutal Site Teacher
About me: 
 Hello, My interests and hobbies are sewing, making dream catchers, singing karaoke, Hand drumming and singing Native American songs, walking, and fishing. I am married and I have my children, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I love being a mother, gramma and great gramma. Family is very important to me. I love cats. A fun fact about me is that I have preschool to college teaching experience.

Educational Background:  I have a Bachelors degree in elementary education, Two Masters degress, one in Gifted and Talented Education, and one in Educational Leadership Studies.

 

ShillcoxTracy Shillcox- Franklin 5k Teacher
About me: 
 My husband and I have two sons, Austin and Tanner, and a daughter, Gracie. Our family has grown during these past few years and I'm honored to have gained two more daughters, Kayla and Carly, through marriage. I also have an animal and tractor-loving grandson named Everett (Rett). Lastly, I'm a huge animal lover and I share my home, and my lap, with my little tripod chug, Maggie, and our Jack Russell, Calliope.

Educational Background:  I have a Bachelors degree from Silver Lake College. I'm dually certified in early childhood education and early childhood special education. I also have completed continuing education courses through the University of St. Thomas and Augustana College.




MorganMorgan (Tienor) Siebold- Madison Art Teacher
About me: 
 I married my highschool sweetheart this summer.  We live in Manitowoc with our sweet puppy, Luna. I love traveling, thrifting, crafting, puzzles, and watching tv shows/movies. We love to play games with friends and family - board games, card games, video games, you name it!

Educational Background:  MPSD Alumni, I attended Jackson, Wilson, and Lincoln! I also have a BS in Architecture from UW Milwaukee.


Amanda Sieracki- Washington EL Teacher
About me: 
 I am married to Casey Sieracki and we have 3 children William, Clara, and Emily. As a family we love to travel and our goal is to visit as many National Parks as possible. I also enjoy camping, cooking and reading.

Educational Background:  I graduated from Lincoln High School. I attended UW Oshkosh and received my bachelor's degree in Elem Ed and Spanish. I then attended National Louis University and received my Master's Degree in ED Leadership.

Murray SimMurray Sim- Lincoln Math Teacher
About me: 
 My wife is a special education teacher in the district. My two daughters: One is a machine learning engineer / program manager on the Siri pronunciation division of Apple, and the other is a forensic accountant for the State of NY working in the Medicaid fraud division. I would like to inspire more teens to become engineers and accountants! I am excited to be a Lincoln High Math Teacher! We like to rehabilitate old houses and we are currently working on an 1883 Victorian here in Manitowoc. I like to travel and hike/camp/fish.

Educational Background:  I have a Bachelor's of Science - Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois - Urbana, and MBA - Finance and Accounting, University of Illinois - Urbana.

Tammy SivertsonTamara Sivertson - McKinley Virtual Teacher
About me: 
 From 1996 to 2004, I was a teacher for high school students with learning disabilities. Then, in 2005, I began as a middle school English Language Arts teacher, which I continue today! My husband and I enjoy traveling to see our children, exploring new towns, and finding beautiful beaches. Some of my favorite activities are dancing, watching live theater productions, and strolling through warm rain.

Educational Background:  I received my Bachelor of Arts in English Education with a minor in Special Education Learning Disabilities from UW-Eau Claire, my Master’s Degree in Education from UW-Stevens Point, and my Reading Certification from UW-Stout.


Strozewski, KarenKristen Strozewski - Madison EL Teacher
About me: 
 I enjoy hiking, working out , and traveling. I also like to hang out with my husband and 6 kids and to cuddle my grand daughter. I am new to Manitowoc and have enjoyed exploring the area.

Educational Background:  I have been teaching since 1994. I studied International Business and Spanish at Saint Norbert College and got my teaching degree from Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. My Masters is in Teaching English as a Second Language.

 



StradalJody Stradal- Monroe 5th Grade Teacher
About me: 
 I was born and raised in Manitowoc, so I am excited to be working for MPSD. I met my husband, Jacob, while we were attending Lincoln High School; we met because I talked TOO much, and Mr. Golembeski thought it would be a good idea to put Jacob next to me to stop the talking...that plan worked GREAT! We have one child (who has four legs) named Hank. He is the love of our life. Just when we think he can't get any goofier, he does something to surprise us. When not teaching summer school, Hank and I spend our time at the beach. When Jake isn't working, you can find the three of us on our patio, enjoying a fire.


Educational Background:  I graduated from Lincoln in 2000 and then earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Integrated Natural Science from Silver Lake Collge. Then I earned my certification in Special Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilites from Saint Mary's University.


ThullKristina Thull- Madison & Monroe Math Coach
About me: 
 Apart from being a Math Coach and Teacher, I am a wife and mother. Together my husband and I share seven children. As a family we enjoy the beauty and terrain of Wisconsin four wheeling, camping and boating.

Educational Background:  After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood/Middle Childhood Education, I accepted a third grade position in SE Wisconsin, where I worked until I became a Math Coach at MPSD in 2022. Since 2014, I have invested a generous amount of time to teaching and learning math. In May 2022, I graduated with my masters from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in Math Education.



Jake Tlachac- Washington 7th Grade Teacher
About me: 
 I’ve been by teaching since 2019. I’m from Stevens Point and enjoy hiking, biking and kayaking.

Educational Background:  I graduated from UWSP with a BA in social studies with teaching focus in 2019.


Sandy TSandra Tulachka - Washington 8th Grade Teacher
About me: 
 I have been teaching for over 20 years. I am married and have 5 children. I have 3 dogs as well. When I am not teaching or at school, you can find me reading, hanging out in my backyard, hiking or kayaking.

Educational Background:  I am a graduate of UWGB


Alexis V

Alexis Verkruysse- Franklin 4th Grade Teacher
About me: 
 I am from Illinois and moved to Wisconsin to continue my education. As soon as I moved here, I knew this is where I wanted to start planting my roots. I live in Manitowoc with my boyfriend and our 3 dogs - Lily, Koda, and Lola. During my free time, you will find me exploring the outdoors, hunting, fishing, shopping, spending time with my dogs, or spending time with family and friends. I have one younger brother and 3 puppy siblings.

Educational Background:  I attended Northern Illinois University for 2 years and transferred to the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point where I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Education in 2022.

 

WagnerJessica Wagner - McKinley Music Teacher
About me: 
 My husband and I have 2 children. We love to hike with our dog, bike, swim, and golf for fun! Prior to becoming a teacher I was a professional singer and actress in NYC. As an educator, I have high standards for myself and I believe that all children deserve an equitable education and should be treated with respect and dignity.

Educational Background:  Master of the Arts in Education (St. Mary’s University of Minnesota), Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance (Belmont University), Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance (Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music)



WallockVictoria Wallock- Jefferson 3rd Grade Teacher
About me: 
 check back to meet her!

Educational Background:  check back soon!





Stephanie WatkinsStephanie Watkins- Franklin SPED Teacher
About me: 
 As a Manitowoc native, I am so excited to be part of the MPSD community once again, but this time as a teacher (Lincoln, class of 2018)! I have a true passion for working with young learners and am excited to help them along their academic journeys!

Educational Background:  I graduated from Lincoln High School in 2018, earned an Associate’s Degree from UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus in 2020, and graduated summa cum laude from UW-Stevens Point in 2022.

Emily Weinberger - Lincoln Art Teacher
About me: 
 check back to meet her!

Educational Background:  check back soon!



Sabrina WickmanSabrina Wickman - Franklin 3rd Grade Teacher
About me: 
 I grew up in Upper Michigan and have two older brothers and a twin sister. I played softball all through my college career as well as took on bowling my senior year. If I am not working, I am either hanging out with friends/family or just relaxing on my deck. This year, 2022, is my first year teaching!

Educational Background:  I graduated High School in 2017 in Michigan, and pursued my education degree at Lakeland University. I graduated from Lakeland in December of 2021.




 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

















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