St. Croix Central School District will add 15 new staff members and teachers to its roster, and also had three staff members change positions, for the 2017-18 school year.
To help you identify the new faces out and about in the community, the following are brief profiles and photographs of each new SCC staff member.
Family: Parents: Gary and Janine Newton; siblings: Josh and Emily Newton, Jenna and Scott Capizzi
Position: Sixth grade science
Education: High School: Baldwin-Woodville, 2011; college: UWRF, 2015.
Previous experience: This is my second year teaching; last year I was a sixth and seventh grade science teacher at Menomonie Middle School.
Hobbies: In my pastime I enjoy spending time outdoors or working on our family farm where we raise steers and grow corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. I also have been a volunteer firefighter on United Fire & Rescue for the last five years.
Position: High School math teacher
Education: UW-River Falls
Previous experience: Volleyball and skating coach, math tutor
Hobbies: knitting, photography, traveling.
Family: I am married to my amazing husband, Brad Sharp, for 15 years. Together we have two children, our son Collin, 15, a freshman at New Richmond High School and our daughter Madalynn,13, an eighth grader at New Richmond Middle School.
Position: Fourth grade teacher
Education: Master's in Elementary Education from UW-River Falls; Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from UW-River Falls
Previous experience: Third grade teacher in Plum City, Spring of 2017; substitute teacher for New Richmond, Somerset, and Hudson districts, Fall of 2016; UWRF Graduate Assistant, 2015-2016
Hobbies: I love spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy running, fishing, gardening, reading and cooking. I am currently working towards a personal goal of running a marathon in all 50 states by the time I turn 50 years of age.
Family: From Chippewa Falls. Includes father, Steve Steinmetz, and mother, Judy. As well as two brothers and two puppies.
Position: Seventh grade literacy
Education: Graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2012 with a degree in MCEA Education and a minor in English. In 2015, received a Master's Degree in Education and Professional Development from UW-River Falls.
Previous experience: Sixth and seventh grade language arts at Hudson Middle School from 2013-2017.
Hobbies: When not in school working, I enjoy volleyball, dance, board games, and watching the BADGERS!
Family: Oldest of four. Father: Tom Conway; Mother: Kristi Conway
Position: High school band director
Education: UW-Eau Claire, Instrumental Music Education
Previous experience: Waukesha North High School, Waukesha, Wis.; Butler Middle School, Waukesha, Wis.
Hobbies: Teaching drum corps., traveling, running, spending time with friends and family.
Family: Husband Richard; daughter Ashley (17); son Eric (15)
Position: Special education teacher
Education: BA in Business Administration from St. Thomas University; Special Education teaching license from St. Mary's University.
Previous experience: Employed by Hudson School District for 10 years working with students with intellectual disabilities and autism.
Hobbies: Playing piano, relaxing in my hammock, trying to be involved with my teenagers as much as I can, family time.
Family: Married four years to Erin Mulhollam, expecting first child in February.
Position: Fourth grade teacher
Education: UWRF, major Elementary Education, minor Early Childhood
Previous experience: Third grade teacher at Unity School District, 4K teacher at St. Croix Central.
Hobbies: Spending time with family at the cabin, hunting, fishing, outdoor activities, watching the Packers, Brewers and Badgers.
Family: Fiancee Alex
Position: Third grade teacher
Education: 2007 St. Croix Central grad, 2015 University of Minnesota-Duluth grad
Previous experience: 2012-2014 paraprofessional at Seven Hills Classical Academy; 2015-2017 paraprofessional at St. Croix Central School.
Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, hunting and fishing, fastpitch softball and coaching.
Family: Nine brothers/sisters with nieces and nephews
Position: Sixth grade cross categorical special education
Education: BS Winona State University, Winona, Minn.; MS Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan.; TAS Wichita State University
Previous experience: Elementary education special education, high school special education, principal director of special education, coordinator of special services - college
Hobbies: Cross stitch, spending time with family, reading.
Family: Husband, John Tackman; children: Kendall (4), Brody (3), Nora (1)
Position: Fifth grade teacher
Education: UW-RF for elementary education (masters), Winona State for criminal justice - corrections (undergraduate)
Previous experience: Glenwood City Elementary, two years, fifth grade; paraprofessional, five years
Hobbies: Hanging out with family, hiking, running, reading.
Family: Youngest of four and enjoying spoiling nieces and nephews
Position: Elementary school counselor
Education: Undergrad: UW-Stout; graduate: UW-Stout
Previous experience: Fall practicum at Elmwood School District; spring internship at Elk Mound School District.
Hobbies: Fly fishing, baseball, running
Family: Parents Cindy and Dennis, brother Aaron
Position: Eighth grade math
Education: Mandovi High School (2012), UW-Eau Claire (2016)
Previous experience: First year as a professional teacher
Hobbies: Golf, exercise, spend time with my family, officiate basketball
Position: Elementary special education
Education: Attended Somerset High School, graduated from UW-LaCrosse in 2016
Previous experience: This will be my second year teaching. Previously, I taught middle school special education in a nearby district.
Position: Middle school special education teacher
Education: 2010 graduate of SCC, attended UW-La Crosse to pursue a degree in middle childhood-early adolescence education and obtained certification to teach both general and special education.
Previous experience: Autism teacher, Baraboo, Wis., two years.
Family: Jessica Koele (wife), Emerson Koele (son), Roxy (dog)
Position: High School Dean of Students and Activities Director
Education: B.A. music education (Augsburg College, Minneapolis); working on M.A. Professional Development, Principal Licensure (UWRF)
Previous experience: Six years HS band director at SCC
Hobbies: Hunting, attending baseball games, grilling on the deck and being with family.
Position: Elementary Assistant Principal/4K Director
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood Education from UW-River Falls in 2006. Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary's University of Winona in 2009. K-12 Principal Ed.S Certificate from St. Mary's in 2014.
Previous experience: First grade teacher in New Richmond 2006-2015; K-2 Literacy Coach in New Richmond 2013-2014; Elementary Principal in Mauston, Wis., 2015-2017.
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, reading, watching Badgers and Packers, exercising.
Family: Wife, Jessica; kids: Caden, 14; Makayla, 12; Cole, 11; Connor, 9; Calvin, 6.
Position: Middle School Dean of Students and Activities Director
Education: Luck High School, UW-Madison bachelors; working on principalship through Silver Lake College.
Previous experience: Taught sixth grade outside Phoenix, Ariz., for four years; taught fifth grade at SCC for past seven years. Coached golf, softball and basketball.
Hobbies: Coaching (students and my own children), golfing, fishing.
Family: Daughter of Jeff and Sherry Arnold. My dad is a retired state patrol officer and my mother owns and operates a large scale custom calf raising facility. I have a brother named Justin who is married to Andrea and has a son named Bryce. He is a State Patrol Officer in Eau Claire County. My sister Jaimie is married to Casey Palbicki and is the Vocal Music Teacher at Somerset middle and high schools.
Position: I am the vocal music teacher in the high school. I have also taken on the the high school drama department.
Education: UW- River Falls
Previous experience: First year teacher
Hobbies: I love singing, being in and producing theatre shows, playing tennis, hiking, cooking, reading, and kayaking.