Meet the new 2021-2022 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!

AdamavichAMY ADAMAVICH - Lincoln High School Reading Teacher
About me: 
I come from Sheboygan where I taught in Special Education programs for 20 years.  I had a few years where I grew to love and teach some middle school math as well.  I have been married for 22 years to Steve, who also works in Manitowoc.  We have two beautiful daughters.  Emma graduated from North High in Sheboygan and is attending La Crosse this year.  Anna will be starting her Freshman year at North.  We also have a dog named Cash (after Johnny Cash). 

I am excited to be starting my position as a Reading Teacher at Lincoln.  It is always exciting to learn about the culture, people and the great things that make up a school and district.  

DarrenDARREN ADKINS - Lincoln English Teacher
About me: Born in High Wycombe, Bucks (Buckinghamshire) England, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Has lived in Green Bay since 1993, 23 years in the same house. Packer fanatic. Aficionado of the classic rock band Thin Lizzy. Sings and plays guitar in live bands (Mulligans and Fine Line). Loves humor, sci-fi, Marvel, DC, Dickens, Jodi Picoult and communication in all its myriad forms. Words to live by: Put others first. Be kind, do good deeds. Exhibit decorum. Take responsibility for your actions. Leave things better than you found them. 

Educational Background:  Bachelor's Degree in English (Magna Cum Laude) from UWGB with a minor in Education. Previously taught High School for The Green Bay District.

Bachochin, KatieKATHERINE BACHOCHIN- Virtual Teacher
About me:  I have been teaching for 17 years. I started out as a second grade teacher in Trevor, WI. I continued working there for 16 years. I taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade during my time at Trevor. My last year there I was fortunate to teach virtually and I LOVED it. This year I am beyond excited to teach K-2nd grade at MPSD. When I am not teaching, I am with my family. My husband Jay and I have been married 15 years. We have two children Blake who is 13 and McKenna who is 10. We love to spend as much time together as we can. I also love to travel, read, and most importantly I love to sing. I have been a part of many different singing groups over the years. Currently I sing on the worship team at my church. 

Educational Background: I received my Bachelor's Degree from University of Wisconsin Parkside. 

Kari BackhausKARI BACKHAUS - Jefferson 3rd Grade Teacher

About Me: I was born and raised in Manitowoc and attended Manitowoc Public Schools grades 2 through 12! I’m joining the MPSD again after 6 years as a wellness director and a year as a 3/4K teacher for HeadStart. My daughter Arabella and I enjoy board games, ice cream and our cats Sophie and Zyia. Outside of teaching, I love to read, teach fitness classes, run/hike, explore new things and places and travel! 

Educational Background: I received my undergraduate degree from UW Oshkosh in Elementary and Health Education and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University of Mequon. 

BreheimLINDSEY BREHEIM- Jefferson 5th Grade Teacher
About me:  
I am originally from Black River Falls, WI but I have been teaching 4th and 5th grade in Merrill, WI for the last two years. I am an avid baker and reader and I am always trying out new recipes or looking for new and interesting books to read. I also enjoy hiking, road trips and exploring new places.  One of my favorite places to hike and explore was Costa Rica, where I got to climb and see inside an active volcano. I am really looking forward to exploring Manitowoc and getting to know all the amazing people here.  

Educational Background: 
I graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2018  where I earned a degree in Elementary and Spanish Education.

Tara BrucknerTARA BRUCKNER - Jefferson School Counselor
About me:  
I live in Chilton with my husband and our two school-age children.  Together we love to go to waterparks, go on hikes, ride bikes and read.Our favorite place to go as a family is Door County.  My passion in life is to help people live joyous lives and build relationships across a lifespan. Personally I enjoy running and reading. Being in nature brings me a lot of peace during this busy time of life.

Educational Background:  
In 2008 I received my Masters in Education from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.  For the last 13 years I have been a high school counselor and specifically enjoyed providing leadership programs and supporting ALL students find success after high school.  I am excited to transition to school age learners to support their social and educational goals.

Chally, AlyssaALYSSA CHALLY- Lincoln Science Teacher
About me:  
I am a believer. I am a Manitowoc native, who played basketball and volleyball at Lincoln High School (part of the 2014 volleyball team who went to state whoot, whoot). I am passionate about sports and the impact they have on student growth and development. I obtained a full scholarship to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and honored to receive the Horizon League Conference Bobby Fong Award in 2020. In 2021 I was hired as the MPSD Athletic Secretary and am now excited to transition into the role of Science Teacher.  I am a newlywed and am excited to be a member of the MPSD team!

Educational Background: Graduated from Lincoln High School in 2015, Graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelors of Information Science and Technology & Bachelors of Psychology in 2018, Graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with Masters of Administrative Leadership in 2020. 

Jeff ColeJEFF COLE - Monroe School Counselor
About me:  
I was formerly the physical education teacher at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Sheboygan. My favorite hobby is to spend time with my family which includes my lovely wife and our pets. I am also an avid Wisconsin sports fan! In fact, I have met many Green Bay Packers and I have even thrown a few passes to Davante Adams!

One additional fun fact about me is that I love computers and technology! I enjoy spending time building computers and I have a passion towards learning new technology whenever it becomes available to me!

Educational Background:  
I obtained my bachelor’s degree in 2013 from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in physical education and health. I most recently completed my master’s degree in school counseling from Lakeland University where I obtained a 4.0 GPA.

(Attached is a photo of myself with Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers.)

CrowleyCOLLEEN CROWLEY - Library Media Manager at Madison Elementary
About me:  
I love making connections with your children, engaging them as readers and recommending books to them. A little about me, I have been a librarian for over 20 years and am excited to be working here at Madison Elementary School. I love picture books with social emotional learning themes, or stories where readers make a realization and transform their lives such as in the book, Out of Mind by Sharon Draper, or The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. When I am not at the library, I am often outside enjoying nature with my family, or tucked away inside writing, reading or cooking.

Educational background: 
B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Kentucky.

Debo FamilyASHLEY DEBO GROSS- Virtual Teacher
About me:  I grew up in Prior Lake, Minnesota and after graduation I moved to Lake Forest, Illinois for college.  I spent 4 years at Lake Forest College where I swam and ran cross country, was in a sorority, and met my husband.  After graduating in 2010 I moved to the city and attended grad school.  After a few years in Chicago we decided to move back to Wisconsin so he could work for his family company.  We now live in Fond du Lac with our 2 kids, Porter and Easton and our dog Hudson.  Our family enjoys traveling, going to the lake, sports, and spending time with family/friends. 

Educational Background:   I attended Lake Forest College from 2006 to 2010 and graduated with a degree in Environmental Science and Political Science.  After undergraduate school I attended DePaul University from 2010-2012 and got a Masters of Arts in Teaching and Learning.  When we moved back to Fond du Lac I attended Moraine Park Technical College and took 2 years of science and nursing courses while working as a CNA. 

GerlachTRACY GERLACH - Virtual Teacher
About me: 
I have been a middle school teacher for over 20 years. Teaching is the best job ever!  I have been lucky to teach ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies as well as a variety of hands-on enrichments such as chess and LEGO-robotics which has been so enjoyable in my career. My husband, Todd and I live with our 2 teenage boys. We love being involved in 4H, boy scouts, and the family farm. We like to fish, hunt, hike, kayak, play video and board games, do farm stuff, and be with our families. We adopted a new puppy this past March, a labradoodle named KUIPER (K-eye-per). Named after the Kuiper Belt in our solar system. I am very proud of my vegetable garden this year and adding more flower beds around my house. 

Educational Background:  
Bachelor of Arts  in Elementary Education 1-8 from Lakeland University and post graduate studies in Special Education and Instruction and Curriculum UW-Oshkosh

Giessen, RebeccaREBECCA GIESSEN- Washington Counselor
About me:  
I am newly engaged and love spending time with my fiancé and aussie doodle puppy. In my free time I enjoy playing/watching soccer, crafting, and hanging out with my friends and family.  

Educational Background: I earned my Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Lakeland University in 2018 and my Masters of Arts in Counseling from Lakeland University in 2021.  

Gruber, SJESSICA GRUBER - Riverview 5th Grade Teacher
About me: I grew up in West Bend, Wisconsin.  Just outside of my hometown, I started my teaching career in Kewaskum School District.  There I worked with a lot of wonderful students and colleagues in all grade levels from 4k to 8th grade.  I am a very family-oriented person so I love getting together with them to grill out, play some bags, and enjoy a fire!  When I am not at work or with my family, I like to get outside, travel, and explore new places.  I also love to watch movies and musicals whenever I get a chance!  

Educational Background: I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville in 2020.  I have a bachelor's degree in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence (1st-8th grade) Education with an emphasis in STEM Education and a minor in English Education.

Angela HallANGELA HALL - Washington 8th Grade Teacher

About me:  My family and I live in Manitowoc, WI.  My husband and 2 children love being outdoors and hiking, camping, and paddling.  I enjoy surrounding myself with family and friends.  I stay active by running and biking.  

Educational Background:  
UW Manitowoc - Associates Degree and UW Oshkosh - Bachelors Degree Regular Education 1-8 / Health Education Minor

Alysa HollyALYSA HOLLY - School Counselor 

About me: I am extremely excited about beginning  my career with the MPSD! I am married to my high school sweetheart, and have two beautiful twin daughters who are just about to turn 7. I love animals and have a 10 month old puppy named Eleanor. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, and being outside as much as possible as well as doing various kinds of art projects.

Educational background: I graduated from Lakeland University in 2011 with a bachelors degree in Psychology and Criminal justice. I again graduated from Lakeland University in 2021 with my Masters in Counseling. 

Becky HoytBECKY HOYT - Virtual Teacher
About Me: 
 I have been teaching for around 20 years and am happy to return to the Manitowoc schools!  I live in rural Manitowoc county on my husband’s family’s farm. We have three kids who are in second, fourth and sixth grade. In my free time I like hiking, reading, traveling, cheering for the Badgers and swimming! 

Educational Background:  
BS in biochemistry and exercise physiology from UW Madison

Alan KileyALAN KILEY- Jackson Special Ed Teacher
About me: 
I love to travel and have been to almost all the states and have gone internationally to Japan. I plan to continue traveling the world! I love to play board  and computer games with my friends. I am currently engaged and plan to marry my fiance in the coming years. Our family consists of our dog Honey, our cat Butterscotch, 2 birds and a snake. 

Educational Background: 
On December 16th, 2017, I received my Bachelor’s degree with an Elementary Education endorsement from the University Nebraska-Lincoln. I have been working as a Full time substitute for the Manitowoc Public School District and a third grade elementary teacher at Belmont Elementary previously, and before that a substitute teacher in Kearney NE and Lincoln NE.

Mindi KisMELINDA (MINDI) KIS- Washington Special Ed Teacher
About me: 
I recently moved to Wisconsin from Massachusetts to be close to my family.  I taught Special Education at 3 different schools for 15 years in Massachusetts.  I am very happy to be part of the Manitowoc Public School District and making connections with students and families.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends watching sports, especially the Green Bay Packers.  I also enjoy puzzles and brain games to help me relax.

Educational Background: 
I received a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of Connecticut and a Masters Degree in Special Education from Cambridge College in Massachusetts.

Megan KruegerMEGAN KRUEGER- Washington 7th Grade Teacher
About me: 
After living 22 years in small town Shawano, I am excited to be moving down to Manitowoc! I really enjoy traveling and I have goals to travel to all 50 states and to set foot in all seven continents. In my free time I enjoy watching Disney+, Netflix, and Hulu. I am a bit of a Disney nerd, making Disney+ my favorite of the three to turn on. When the weather is nice I like to go on walks or swimming, taking in what nature has to offer. 

Educational Background: I graduated from St. Norbert College with a degree in Elementary Education. I got the amazing opportunity to study abroad in England for a semester. 

Lohoff, KKRISTYN LOHOFF - Virtual Teacher
About me: 
I'm so happy to be teaching at MPSD after being away for over 15 years! I look forward to teaching ELA to students in grades 6 - 8 at the virtual school. I started teaching in Manitowoc over 20 years ago, and have since taught in different schools, "up north." Last year I taught a 100% virtual program for Menomonie, WI from my home, and knew that virtual teaching was something I wanted to continue doing!

I live in Minocqua, WI and love to drive my RV all over the country. My four daughters don't always love to come with me. Two of my daughters are grown and working, and my youngest two are in high school and middle school. When I'm not working or driving my RV, named CeeCee, you can find me playing violin, mandolin, or percussion, trying new foods, or drinking a cup of coffee. 

Educational Background: I received my master's degree and teaching certification from UW-Milwaukee many decades ago. I continue to love learning new things and challenging myself and my students to continue to grow. Most of all, I love to be curious, learn, and have fun!

Emily MoellerEMILY MOELLER- Jefferson 1st Grade Teacher
About Me:   
I am so excited to start my first year of teaching in First Grade! I just graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and am so excited to begin my teaching journey. In my free time I love to spend time with friends and family, cook/bake, do anything arts and crafts related, and I love to spend time outdoors!

Educational Background:  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in May 2021, with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Wendy NasgovitzWENDY NASGOVITZ -Washington Business Teacher
About me: I started my career in the corporate world and then took a position in Education as a Technology Coordinator.  I loved education so much I earned my certifications as a teacher and administrator and have been in education for over 20 years. I am married and have 3 children and 4 grand children.  I love going up north camping and four wheeling with family and friends.  I love to sew and create new projects.  

Educational Background: I have Bachelors Degree’s in Psychology/Social Welfare, Accounting/Finance, and PK - age 21 Education - Certification area: Business Education.  My degrees were earned through Lakeland University.

I also earned my Masters Degree in Technology in Education from Lesley University (2006) 

NorrisHAILEY NORRIS - Madison 5th Grade Teacher
About me: 
 I just moved to Sheboygan from central Illinois! I love spending time with my fiancé and new puppy. I am excited to start my second year of teaching at Madison Elementary School! 

Educational Background: I graduated from the University of Kansas in May of 2020 with a degree in Elementary Education.

OrtegaFILIBERTO ORTEGA - Madison 1st Grade Teacher
About me:  I am originally from southeastern Wisconsin. I attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and majored in journalism. I moved up to Manitowoc in 2014 to be closer to my wife's family, and, shortly thereafter, I began working as a substitute teacher in the Manitowoc Public School District. After working as a substitute teacher for some time, getting a lot of classroom teaching experience at all the grade levels, I returned to school to get my teaching certification in elementary education and special education. By and by, I have found my way to teaching 1st grade at Madison Elementary School, and I am very excited about working with the students and staff at our beautiful school on the lake. In my free time, I like to fix and ride bicycles, play guitar, do some woodworking, and play hide-and-go-seek or jump on the trampoline with my 4-year old son. Let's make it a great school year! Go Cougars!

RadkeALYSSA RADKE - Wilson Math Teacher
About me: 
When I am not spending time with my family, I love to sing along with the radio and dance when no one is looking.

Educational Background:  I went to UW-Green Bay to complete my degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Theatre. After graduating, I went to UW-Milwaukee and finished my minor in Mathematics.  

Nora RoblesNORA ROBLES - Lincoln English Learner Teacher
About me: 
I am originally from Texas! The place of the longhorns, bluebonnet flowers, 115 F degree weather, Tex-Mex food, and tons of Spanglish. In 2008, I moved to Wisconsin and started working as bilingual teacher. I am fluent in English, Spanish and Spanglish, love to travel abroad and nationally. Some of my hobbies are: gardening, painting, reading and bossing my husband around for home improvements. My favorite sport is football, and yes, I am a big fan of the Packers "Go Pack Go"

Education has always been extremely important to me, a sentiment that I always instill in all the students I work with.  Perseverance, hard work and resilience are three words that define me to the core. Social justice, community help and support are my sidekick activities. Helping and lifting others has always been my call, I guess that is why I love teaching!

Educational Background: I have a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary studies from Texas, went through my Wisconsin teaching certification at UWGB (traditional way), UW Oshkosh (Bilingual), UWGB (ESL) and I am currently working towards one of my Master's degrees.

Liz SangerELIZABETH SANGER-KUCKKAN - Mckinley Virtual Teacher
About me:  
I am a proud mama of 3 children: MaKenzie, Sydney, and Beckett.  I have been teaching for 24 years, with 12 years as a 1st grade teacher, 11 years as a reading interventionist and instructional coach, and last year I taught virtual Kindergarten and just fell in love with it.  I am so excited to join MPSD teaching K-2.  I am passionate about foundational literacy and building partnerships with students, families, and colleagues.  When I am not teaching you can catch my family and I doing just about anything together but adventures in the great outdoors is our favorite.  My mom, girls, and I enjoy crafting and creating cards, and my husband, son, and I love to fish and see who can catch the biggest fish followed, of course, by a smore over the campfire.

Educational Background:   I  graduated from Silver Lake College through a cohort they had with Nicolet College, with a degree in Elementary Education.  I then went on to earn my masters degree and Reading Teacher License from Viterbo University.  I went back to Viterbo University to earn my Reading Specialist License and a Literacy Coaching Certificate.  I am also trained as a trainer of ERE (Early Reading Empowerment) through UW- Milwaukee. 

Santry, KevinKEVIN SANTRY -Lincoln Instructional Coach
About me:  
Married to Danielle (Anholzer) Santry and two kids Mason (age 12) and Liam (age 10). Our family hobbies include hunting, fishing, sports, and taking hikes throughout Wisconsin State Parks. Along with the family hobbies, my hobbies include baking artisan bread, cooking with my wood smoker, and playing video games. I was born and raised in Chicago and I'm a diehard Chicago Bears, Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks fan!

Educational Background: Bachelor's degree from St. Norbert College (2002).  Masters in Secondary Education with emphasis on Mathematics from University of St. Francis (2005). Masters in Educational Leadership from University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh with Principal Licensure (2018) and Director of Instruction Licensure (2020). 

Emma SasserEMILY (EMMA) SASSER- Lincoln Science Teacher
About me:  
I live in Neenah with my husband Skylar and my two cats. I have a very close knit family so we all live within 5 minutes of each other! A fun fact about my family is that both my sister and I are teachers, and both of our husbands do something with corrections (either police or prison security)! All throughout my life I have been the nerd girl, so I love stuff like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and superheroes (Wonder Woman is my favorite!). My husband and I have been watching an absurd amount of Anime right now, my favorites being My Hero Academia, Dr. Stone, Demon Slayer and Jujitsu Kaisen, at least right now! We usually watch 6 or more shows at once so I always find new favorites. I also collect FunkoPops! 

A fun fact about me not related to nerdy things is that I love going to rock concerts, mainly nu metal and power metal. I've attended about 80 concerts in the last 5 years alone, not counting 2020. I am excited to get back to regularly attending concerts, Comic Cons, Renaissance Festivals, and rock and mineral shows in the next couple years! 

Educational Background: 
My first degree is a technical diploma in Dental Assisting, I worked as a dental assistant for a couple of years, it was fun but it didn't satisfy the need to help change the world for the better, so I went back to school in 2013 for my Bachelors degree. I graduated with a BS in Geoscience and Environmental Science. Since there were not a lot of jobs in the Green Bay/Fox Valley area in science, my sister said I should pursue a degree in teaching because I would rock at it! So as of January of 2021, I received my teaching certificate for secondary levels, and I hope to have my masters degree in education very soon! 
I am looking forward to working with MPSD this year! 


Allyson SchermetzlerALLYSON SCHERMETZLER - Riverview Special Ed Teacher
About me:
  My name is Allyson Schermetzler (Fulton)! I am a Manitowoc native and recently moved to the small town of Maribel. My husband, Eric, and I got married in 2018 and just recently welcomed our baby girl, Aubrey, in December 2020. We also have three pups that keep us busy. I like to spend my time with my family outside, going for walks and enjoying campfires. I also love to read when I can find the time to do that! 

Educational Background:  MPSD is where my education started!  I graduated from Lincoln in 2013 and then graduated from UW-Madison in 2017 with a bachelor degree in Special Education. I worked for the last four years with the Brillion Public School District in the middle school as a special education teacher. I loved my job but I am really looking forward to coming back to my alma mater and working with some of the teachers that started my education!

Hunter SHUNTER SCHILDER -Washington 8th Grade Teacher
About me:  I am a brand new teacher who is 22 years old. I live in Plymouth, Wisconsin. I am the oldest sibling of three, and I have a younger sister studying to be a nurse while my younger brother is a senior in high school looking to become an electrician. My mom is a physical therapist and my dad works for water treatment, so in all I’m from a family with a variety of interests and skills! 

Some interests of mine include casual biking, model kit building, animation, and playing music on the trombone. A lot of different hobbies, I know, but it keeps things interesting! 

As for a fun fact about me, my left leg is shorter than my right by an inch! Eagle eyed students may notice this when school starts, but usually I can get away without anyone figuring it out.
Educational Background: I went to Saint Norberts College in De Pere, Wisconsin and have a bachelors in Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence Education with a minor in Broadfield Science. In fact, another teacher at Washington in 2021 was in my same class! I’ll let you figure out who it was, no spoilers from me!
I look forward to seeing everyone when school starts back up! Thank you for letting me be part of your learning community!

Sherry SchlaeferSHERRY SCHLAEFER- Washington Reading Teacher
About me:  My husband and I live in Green Bay with our 2 high school age children and a dog.  As a family we travel each summer to a different MLB field, as of now, we have been to 10.  We also enjoy ATVing in Northern Wi and into Michigan.  My favorite series is Harry Potter and favorite genre is historical fiction.  Reading lets me travel in time and teaches me about history.  I also love Minions and Wonder Woman. I look forward to working at MPSD.

Educational Background:  I have been a professional educator for over 20 years using my Masters degree in Reading and being a certified Reading specialist.  

Jessica SchroederJESSICA SCHROEDERWilson  Teacher
About me:  
I am from Germantown, WI and I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, being outdoors, bowling, watching/playing sports (Go BUCKS) and relaxing with my Mini Golden Doodle, Stella. Most of all, I am very excited for this experience and ready to show Wilson what I have learned with my team. I cannot wait to start this new journey of mine!

Educational Background:  
I graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelors of Science in Education with a minor in Mathematics. 

Cora SelkeCORA SELKE Washington Family & Consumer Ed Teacher
About me:  I am returning to the Manitowoc area for my first year teaching! I decided I wanted to become a family and consumer sciences teacher in high school and have been in love since. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my niece and nephews, going to rummage sales and thrift stores, and eating at local restaurants. I look forward to creating valuable community connections that can give students more opportunities to explore family and consumer sciences and to provide a safe space for all students to thrive. 

Educational Background:  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 2021 with a major in family and consumer sciences education and a health education minor. 

ShillcoxTAYLOR SHILLCOXWilson Special Education Teacher
About me: I am a dog mom. Remi Lou Kate is a 1-year old Soft Coat Wheaten Terrier and I will get to tell you a lot of crazy stories about her.  I was born and raised in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. I am the oldest of 5, 4 brothers and 1 sister. I spend most of my free time with my dog, family and friends making many new memories. I enjoy traveling to new places, both in and out of the United States. I am excited to share those experiences with you as we grow and learn together.

Educational Background: I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater in 2019 and began my teaching career in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

SmarASHLEY SMAR Washington ELA Teacher
About me:  
Before being a 7th-grade teacher, I taught language arts and social studies in Portage, WI. Before I came to Portage, I taught 4th grade in Chippewa Falls. I enjoy hanging out with friends and staying active. One cool fact about me is that I was born and raised in Virginia.

Educational Background:  
I did my undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Megan SonnenbergMEGAN SONNENBERG- Jefferson 4th Grade Teacher
About me:  I've been living in Arizona for the past 18 years and I'm thrilled to get away from the excessive heat!  Some hobbies of mine are exploring/traveling to new nature spots, fishing, and hanging out with my family.  I love trying new things and taking workshops and classes to learn new and exciting teaching strategies to implement in my classroom.  I'm sure excited to be a part of the Jefferson Elementary School team and community!

Educational Background:  I graduated from Northern Arizona University with my Bachelor's in Elementary Education, with a full endorsement in Structured English Immersion. I began my teaching career as an educational assistant, a preschool teacher, and then a second grade teacher.  All of my experiences have been very rewarding.

Debbie St PeterDEBBIE ST. PETER- Washington Special Ed Teacher
About me:  
I live in the country with my husband and three sons. We raise pigs, a few steers, and chickens. We have a mastiff/lab dog named Reba. I enjoy swimming, camping, golfing, reading, traveling, and being with my friends and family. As a family, we enjoy going to concerts and Packer Games!

Educational Background:  
I graduated from Silver Lake College with a double major in elementary education and cognitive disabilities.  I graduated from St. Norbert College with a Master’s Degree in Assistive Technology.  I received my reading license from Concordia University.

Cindy TCINDY THOMEYWashington 8th Grade Teacher
About me:  
I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan only twenty miles from the Wisconsin border. I grew up hearing Wisconsin news and watching Packer games. I grew up around hunting and still enjoy hunting deer. I currently spend my time enjoying the challenge of house projects, exercising, spending time with my dog and being in nature.
Educational Background:
After graduating from Stephenson High School in the UP, I attended Central Michigan University and graduated with a major in Earth Science and Special Education. I later went to Saginaw Valley State University to earn a General Science major. Additionally, I took a concentration of math/algebra classes so I could be qualified to teach Algebra 2 for a couple of years as a temporary solution for my school. My first professional job after college was at a small Michigan school, Mio AuSable Schools. I started teaching in a special education class for the emotionally impaired. As schools started shifting to inclusion, Mio shifted my position to a combination of science and special education. I spent many years at Mio AuSable Schools teaching a variety of science classes and supporting special education students. I raised two sons who both graduated from Mio as salutatorians and played a variety of sports year round. One son, Micah, is living in Grand Rapids and working as an RN. My other son, Seth, is married, living in Grand Haven, just graduated with a doctorate degree in pharmacy and is now employed as a resident pharmacist in a hospital. Although Mio was dear to my heart, it was time to move closer to family. Anticipating this move I bought a house in Two Rivers in 2018, close to the beach and all the wonderful trails. I began fixing it up so I could eventually retire from Michigan and live in Two Rivers to enjoy more time with my family. I retired from teaching in Michigan this past June. I have three sisters, a brother, five nieces and a nephew. I am hoping to watch more of their high school activities in the next year while enjoying being part of the Washington Middle School.

Meg VinneyMEGAN VINNEY- Washington Special Ed Teacher
About me: I am a mom to one and a fur mom of many. My husband and I run a farm in Newton with horses, dogs and chickens, and we foster dogs for Sandi Paws Rescue too.

Educational Background: 
I started at UW Fond Du Lac with my Associate's degree then went to UW Oshkosh for my undergraduate degree in Special Education. From there, I decided to keep learning and earned two Master's Degrees online with Grand Canyon University in Autism Studies and Educational Administration. I spent my first five years as an educator in the Sheboygan Area School District. I am excited for my next adventure in MPSD!

WollersheimVICTORIA WOLLERSHEIM Jefferson 1st Grade Teacher
About me:  
I am so excited to be a part of MPSD as a first-year teacher. I grew up in Chilton, Wisconsin and moved to Manitowoc about 1.5 years ago. I am a lover of national parks, quilting, succulents, ice cream, and cats!

Educational Background: In May of 2021, I graduated from UW-Green Bay, where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Early to Middle Childhood Education.

Danielle WrightDANIELLE WRIGHTWashington 8th Grade Teacher
About me:
  Along with being an educator, I believe I am also a lifelong student. I am constantly reading! One of my greatest joys in life is collecting books, diving into a new story, and learning something new about the world. I enjoy traveling to as many new places as I can, painting and drawing, and spending time with my three cats - Zeus, Penelope, and Tiger.

Educational Background:
 I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in December 2017. I worked as a long term substitute for the Green Bay Public School District (Grade 2) in the spring. I also taught 7th and 8th Grade History at Black Creek Middle School for the Seymour Community School District for three years. I have experience teaching social studies, writing skills, world cultures, and even conversational Spanish and German! Every day has been an adventure!

Der (Samantha) YangDER (SAMANTHA) YANGFranklin 1st Grade Teacher
About me: 
I'm from Sheboygan, Wisconsin and I come from a big family of ten. I enjoy watching football and I am a huge Packers fan! My special interests are Star Wars, Harry Potter, and watching Netflix. 

Educational Background:  UW-Oshkosh - BS in Education 2018 with minor in ESL

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