District welcomes new staff

The Plymouth School District is welcoming a new high school principal and 22 new teachers for the 2013-14 school year.

The new teachers recently completed an intensive week of orientation, which covers everything they need to know about the district.

Plymouth’s new teacher program does not end when the school year begins. Teachers are supervised and supported all throughout the year and are not considered through with the course until the following May.

Dr. Jennifer Rauscher

Title: Principal of Plymouth High School

Educational background: Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction Leadership from Marian University in Fond du Lac, 2013; Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Marian University in Fond du Lac, 2005; Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Viterbo University in La Crosse, 2003; Bachelor of Arts in English Education from UW-Stevens Point, 1996 Previous experience: Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator at D. C. Everest Area School District, Wisconsin, 2003-2013: coordinated English, reading, and world language curriculum, instruction, and assessment for over 5,700 students; provided literacy leadership and staff development district-wide; directly supervised and evaluated 50+ teachers in three secondary schools; collaborated with other administrators at the building and district level regarding achievement, placement, interventions, hiring, scheduling, goal setting, planning, and professional learning communities; managed multiple budgets and resources; taught semester-long, college-prep writing course to junior and senior students; English teacher at D.C. Everest Senior High School, 2000- 2003; English teacher at Pulaski High School, 1996-2000.

Other interests: Spending time with my family – my husband Dan, daughter Katherine, and son Nathan (both children will attend Fairview this year); exploring Plymouth and surrounding communities – state parks, community events, restaurants, etc.; reading; cooking

Mrs. Cassie Cotter

Title: Afternoon 4K teacher at Horizon Elementary School Educational background: Bachelor of Science in Education for grades PK-6 from UWOshkosh, 2009 Previous experience: This is my fifth year teaching 4K. I have spent the past four years teaching 4K at Sheboygan County Head Start.

Other interests: I love spending time with my family. We enjoy taking walks, bike rides and attending community events.

Mrs. Megan Delray

Title: Cross-categorical special education teacher at Fairview Elementary School

Educational background: Bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from UWOshkosh, with an emphasis in emotional and behavioral disabilities Previous experience: This year at Fairview Elementary is my second year teaching. Previously I taught at Danz Elementary School in Green Bay. I was a cross categorical special education teacher and taught students ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. Outside of my professional life, I was also a line therapist for students with autism through Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program.

Other interests: In my free time I enjoy reading, being outside, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Emily Donaldson

Title: Music teacher at Fairview and Parkview Elementary Schools

Educational background: Bachelor’s degree from UWMilwaukee

Previous experience: Taught the last three and one-half years in China

Mr. Elliott Friedel

Title: Cross-categorical specialeducation teacher at Plymouth High School

Educational background: Bachelor’s degree in social science with a minor in furniture design and construction from Northern Michigan University; teaching certification from St. Mary's University (MN); master of science in education leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.

Previous experience: I was a special-education teacher at the middle school level in Janesville. Prior to that, I spent two years as a teacher/counselor at a residential facility in North Carolina. While in NC, I worked various second jobs as a woodworker, dog trainer and in restaurants.

Other interests: Crosscountry skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, woodworking, furniture restoration

Ms. Amanda Gaura

Title: Choir director at Plymouth High School

Educational background: Bachelor’s degree in music education from UW-Green Bay

Previous experience: Show choir director at Green Bay Preble High School and Aldo Leopold Community School

Other interests: Volleyball

Mr. Tyler Gruett

Title:Sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher at Riverview Middle School

Educational background: Bachelor of science degree from UW-Stevens Point, 2007; master’s degree in education from Marian University, 2012

Previous experience: I taught for the past 6 years in the Mayville School District, with five of them being in 6th grade

Other interests: I enjoy sports and have coached football and track in the past at Mayville High School. I enjoy the outdoors and love to fish in my spare time. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. My wife, Tasha, and I are expecting our first child in December. We are excited to join the community and raise our family here.

Ms. Bri Hartman

Title: Eighth-grade language arts teacher at Riverview Middle School

Educational background: Bachelor of science degree from Northland College

Previous experience: One year teaching 4K, three years subbing and long-term placements

Other interests: Camping, swimming, reading, downhill skiing

Mrs. Tracy Heinbuch

Title: Agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor at Plymouth High School

Educational background: Kiel High School graduate; bachelor’s degree from UW-River Falls

Previous experience: Taught agricultural education and was FFA advisor for the past four years at Denmark High School

Other interests: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, as well as going camping, traveling and crafting/ scrapbooking.

Ms. Kristie Heitman

Title: First-grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School

Educational background: Bachelor of science in elementary education 1-9; master of arts in reading

Previous experience: I have taught for eight years, and in those eight years, I have taught 4th-1st grades, and was a reading specialist/coach. I started off my teaching career as an intern in Portage, WI, and from there I taught for two years in Oak Ridge, TN, then was a reading specialist/ literacy coach for two years in Baraboo, WI before coming up to Plymouth.

Other interests: I love spending time with my son, who will turn 2 this September, and I enjoy running, reading, shopping, and another personal favorite, traveling. I also have a golden retriever who keeps me equally as busy as my son.

Mrs. Kari Langenhahn

Title: Cross-categorical teacher at Horizon Elementary School Educational background: Valders High School graduate, 1996; bachelor of science in elementary education and learning disabilities from Silver Lake College, 2001

Previous experience: 12 years at Two Rivers Public School District as a special education teacher, primarily working with students in fifth and sixth grades Other interests: I am married and have 3 children. We have a small hobby farm with four dairy goats in rural Kiel. I enjoy camping, snowmobiling, gardening, running, traveling and hanging out with my family.

Field Lehmann

Title: Elementary school art teacher

Educational background: Bachelor’s degree from UWMilwaukee

Previous experience: One year of teaching experience in Beijing, China

Mrs. Alexandra Leichtnam

Title: Special-education teacher at Fairview Elementary School

Educational background: Bachelor of science in elementary education with minors in inclusion and early childhood education from UW-Platteville, 2011

Previous experience: Worked as a daycare instructor at St. John the Baptist in Plymouth, then worked at Urban Middle School in Sheboygan as an educational assistant with seventh- and eighthgrade students with special needs.

Other interests: I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy outdoor sports and activities such as softball, basketball, volleyball, biking and swimming. I like to take pictures and place our awesome memories in scrapbooks.

Keely Mey

Title: Fifth-grade teacher at Riverview Middle School

Educational background: Bachelor’s degree from Iowa University

Previous experience: She taught for three years in Davenport, Iowa, and has substituted in the Plymouth School District during the 2012-13 school year.

Ken Odekirk

Title: Technology and engineering education teacher at Riverview Middle School

Education: Bachelor of science in agricultural engineering technology from UW-Platteville; teaching certification 6 -12 technology education and 6-12 agriculture; master of science in education from UW-Platteville

Previous experience: 17 years of teaching technology education and agriculture at Howards Grove Middle and High School; middleschool SkillsUSA Advisor; Project GRILL advisor

Other interests: Buying junk and selling antiques, stock car racing, exercising, and spending time with my 4-year-old son, family and friends.

Ms. Sarah Paff

Title: Fifth-grade crosscategorical teacher at Riverview Middle School

Educational background: Bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from UWOshkosh with a minor in music, 2012

Previous experience: I was an educational assistant for the Fond du Lac Area School District at an elementary school in the crosscategorical program, grades K-5.

Other interests: I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my dog. I love the outdoors and work at an adventure camp during the summer in Pennsylvania where I am able to hike, canoe, kayak and enjoy time outside.

Mrs. Sarah Reabe

Title: Band director at Riverview Middle School

Educational background: Bachelor’s degree in K-12 instrumental music from Winona State University

Previous experience: Two years in Sheboygan teaching instrument lessons and band at Christ Child Academy, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Lake Country Academy, St. Dominic School and Sheboygan Leadership Academy; lessons at Dreams Unlimited in Plymouth

Other interests: Member of the Kiel Community Band, cooking, traveling to visit family/friends, playing with my dog, listening to my husband talk about airplanes, avid garage sale shopper, house hunting

Dave Rockhill

Title: Alternative education teacher at Plymouth High School

Educational background: Bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies education from UW-Whitewater; master’s degree in educational psychology/school counseling from UW-Milwaukee

Previous experience: I taught social studies at Kewaskum High School from 1991-2008 and then was a school counselor there from 2008-2013. I coached football at Kewaskum High School from 1991-2013 and also coached baseball for about seven years.

Other interests: I'm a big Badgers, Brewers and Packers fan, and I like to run.

Dave Schroeder

Title: Fifth-grade teacher at Riverview Middle School

Ms. Rachel Trempe

Title: Choral/general music teacher at Riverview Middle School

Educational background: Bachelor’s degree in music from UW-Green Bay

Previous experience: K-12 general and choral music in Port Edwards

Other interests: Green Bay Packers, GO PACK GO!

Mrs. Heather Thompson

Title: Third-grade teacher at Parkview Elementary School Educational background: Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and ESL certified from Lakeland College

Previous experience: Fifth- and sixth-grade math and science for three years in Arkansas, ELL for two years in North Fond du Lac

Other interests: Spending time with my family/friends and being outdoors.

Joanna Williams

Title: Elementary school counselor

Educational background: Bachelor’s degree from UWMadison; master’s degree from UW-Whitewater Previous experience: This will be her first experience working in a public school system.

Mr. Todd Williams

Title: Business education teacher at Plymouth High School

Educational background: BBA in human resources management from UW-Whitewater; education certification from Concordia University; master’s in career and technical education from UW-Stout

Previous experience: Educational assistant at Cedarburg High School; business and marketing teacher at Sheboygan South High School

Other interests: Spend time at my kids’ athletic events, attending the races at Manitowoc and Plymouth, and judging cheer and dance competitions.


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