SFSD welcomes 12 new staff members

by Jeff Pederson
Sheboygan Falls News Editor

TWELVE NEW FACULTY and staff members have joined the Sheboygan Falls School District for the 2018-19 school year. - Submitted photo TWELVE NEW FACULTY and staff members have joined the Sheboygan Falls School District for the 2018-19 school year. - Submitted photo Twelve new teachers and staff members have embarked on their first year of service in the Sheboygan Falls School District, during the 2018-19 school year.

Lynsie Budde, a native of Newfane, New York, has been hired to team sixth-grade match and science at Sheboygan Falls Middle School this year.

“As a new member of the Sheboygan Falls professional staff, I am looking forward to the start of my teaching career,” Budde said.Ad.pdf“I 1am very excited to get started in the new middle school and meet my students. In addition, I am looking forward to collaborating with my colleagues to ensure a fun and exciting school year.”

Budde, who is embarking on her first year in teaching, is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo State College.

“I will help the fulfill the district’s mission, vision, and commitments by providing my students with the necessary supports to be successful learners in my classroom,” Budde said. “I will encourage my students to collaborate with one another, and to challenge themselves to be the best they can be.

“I aspire to create a positive classroom environment where all students feel safe, secure and willing to participate,” she said. “All students bring important ideas to class each and every day, and I will value their input. Most importantly, I hope to encourage my students to become lifelong learners.”

Mukwonago native Andrea Zanotti has joined the Sheboygan Falls Middle School staff as an eighth-grade learning strategist.

The University of Wisconsin Whitewater graduate has gained previous experience as a sixth-eighth-grade cross categorical special education instructor with the Milwaukee Public School District, a daycare center director and the owner of an in-home preschool in Colorado.

“I’m looking forward to getting back into a positive school district that shares my values about education, family and community,” Zanotti said. “I want to deliver a high-quality educational experience, individualized to each student, while also creating positive relationships within the community.

Rebecca Neveu, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich, will serve as a new speech language pathologist at Sheboygan Falls Elementary School during the 2018-19 school year.

The Central Michigan University graduate previously served in the Sheboygan County Birth to Three program.

“I am looking forward to getting to know the staff better and being more involved in the Sheboygan Falls community,” Neveu said. “I support children in all modalities of communication, including reading, writing and speaking. I help them become more confident, independent communicators so they can express their thoughts and ideas.”

Oostburg native Colin Sheahan will be part of the Sheboygan Falls High School staff this year as a ninth- and 10thgrade science teacher.

The first-year teacher is a graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College.

“I look forward to learning from experienced staff members and joining what seems to be an awesome team,” Sheahan said. “I want to make a difference in the classroom by engaging, challenging and supporting students to inspire them to perform to the best of their abilities in a positive classroom environment.”

A native of Eau Claire, Rebecca Syverson is set to teach Spanish at Sheboygan Falls High School during the 2018- 19 school year.

The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire native previously taught elementary school at an immersion camp in Eau Claire, as well as completing student-teaching stints at Eau Claire North High School and DeLong Middle School in Eau Claire.

“I am excited to get to know the students and staff because they are the heart of the school and they are the reason I chose to become an educator,” Syverson said. “In addition, the language program at the high school is dedicated to help students develop proficiency in a second language and culture, she said. “I want this in my own classroom, and I will strive to help students achieve proficiency with the other teachers at Sheboygan Falls.

“A second language can open a student’s eyes to different cultures, new world views, various communities, and a plethora of exciting opportunities,” she said. “I hope to help students become successful communicators in Spanish and their first language and more educated about the world around them. I want to cultivate curiosity and encourage students to learn.”

Alexa (Lexie) Palese, a Geneva, Ill. native, has been hired to serve as a sixth-grade and special education teacher at Sheboygan Falls Middle School.

The University of Illinois – Chicago graduate most recently served as a substitute teacher and instructional aide at Sheboygan Falls Elementary School.

“I am looking forward to meeting my new team and students,” Palese said. “I am also eager to meet students at their learning level and assist them in growing as individuals by developing tools for success.”

Stephanie Szmergalski, a Wauconda, Ill. native, has joined the Sheboygan Falls Elementary School staff as a first grade teacher.

The Concordia University Wisconsin graduate was a longterm substitute teacher at Random Lake Elementary School for half o the 2017-18 school year.

“I am looking forward to meeting new educators and being a part of the first-grade team,” Szmergalski said. “As a first-year teacher, I am looking forward to learning from and growing with current educators in the field.

“I can help fulfill the district’s mission, vision, and commitments by supporting the growth and development of all students at their individualized levels of learning,” she said. “I can meet the needs of each student and provide a learning environment that is welcoming, nurturing, and engaging. I can be involved as much as possible within my classroom, school and community.

Gladstone, Mich. native Jessica Beaudry is slated to serve as a fifth-grade science and writing teacher at Sheboygan Falls Middle School this year.

Beaudry, who graduated from Lakeland University, had previously served as a YMCA Day Camp director and counselor.

“I am looking forward to being a part of the Sheboygan Falls family, helping students learn and grow, while also learning and growing myself,” Beaudry said. “I’m excited for new experiences and building new relationships with the Sheboygan Falls community.

“I will support the district’s mission, vision and commitments by providing a positive and safe environment that allows the students to reach their maximum potential,” she said. “I will also build relationships with the students in order to support their needs inside and outside of the classroom. Together, the students will be able to be their best selves and grow emotionally, socially and intellectually.”

Michele Franklin, a North Aurora, Ill. native, has joined the Sheboygan Falls High School staff as a math teacher.

Franklin, who attended Waubonsee Community College, Dominican University and Aurora University, taught math in Illinois for seven years and 13 years at Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay.

“I am looking forward to learning with and teaching new students and becoming a great team member to the faculty and staff of Sheboygan Falls High School,” Franklin said. “I plan to be a strong part of the school community, supporting students in many ways, both in and outside of the classroom.

“Besides teaching, I am interested in helping with clubs, activities, sports, mental health, work study programs, and ACT mathematics improvements to help fulfill the district’s mission, vision, and commitments,” she said.

Kohler native Nicole Granke has joined the teaching staff at Sheboygan Falls Elementary School as a 4-year-old kindergarten instructor.

After graduating with an elementary education degree from Miami University of Ohio in 2009, Granke gained teaching experience in the Shorewood, Kettle Moraine and Grafton school districts.

“In all of my previous districts I have had a long commute,” Granke said. “I am looking forward to working with students, families and colleagues in the community I live.

“Teaching is more than a job for me,” she said. “It is a passion of mine to work with children and help them reach a life-long love for learning. My teaching philosophy is to provide an environment that is nurturing, supportive, and encouraging while creating opportunities for children to learn through exploration and creation. Children are natural learners and through play they learn about the world around them. I strive to meet each child’s individual needs and create a relationship of trust. Providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for my students is of paramount importance, which, in turn, will also teach them about problem solving, caring for one another and taking responsibilities for their own actions.”

Jesse Warnke, a native of Casco, has been hired as a special education teacher at Sheboygan Falls Middle School.

Warnke, who attended UWGreen Bay, Carroll College and Alverno College, is looking forward to her tenure in Sheboygan Falls.

“I am eager to work with the wonderful students in the brand new building,” Warnke said. “I can help the district by supporting every student I work with reach their full potential with whatever strategies works best for them.”

Clinton native Rachel Enright is set to serve as a freshman English and media studies teacher at Sheboygan Falls High School.

The Concordia University Wisconsin native is eager to embark on her first year in teaching.

“I am looking forward to getting to know my students and coworkers and geeking out over books with my students,” Enright said. “I can help the district fulfill its goals by showing students how literature can be relevant to all aspects of life. The skills they will learn in ELA will help them way beyond the classroom.”

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