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New staff members join New Richmond District

The 2008-09 school year will begin Sept. 8 in the New Richmond School District.

There are 23 new staff members joining the District this year. Here are capsule biographies on those new staff members.

Name: Lisa Frank

Age: 45

Family: married to Dave; four children, Scott, Emily, Maddie and Meghan

Position: Media specialist at Starr and Paperjack elementaries

Education: Master's of science in teaching, library media certification

Previous work experience: Worked in Hudson school district 10 years as a speech/language clinician. Worked as media specialist in Somerset four years and Amery one year.

Name: Ryan Schradle

Age: 29

Family: married to Lesley; two children, son J.T. and daughter Sydney

Position: Seventh grade math teacher

Education: Bachelors in education from UW-Superior, master's in athletic coaching education from West Virginia University

Previous work experience: Taught seventh grade math and science at Rice Lake Middle School.

Name: Pam Norton

Age: 42

Family: married to Frank; three children, Bria, Audra and Gabe

Position: English teacher

Education: University of Minnesota, Moorhead, UW-Eau Claire and St. Thomas University

Previous work experience: Eau Claire Memorial High School and Stillwater Area High School

Name: Angela Otradovec

Family: Married with three children

Position: Special services teacher at Starr Elementary and New Richmond High School

Education: UW-Oshkosh and UW-Stevens Point for master's

Previous work experience: Twelve years of experience

Name: Jason Eckert

Age: 34

Family: married to Shannon; three children, Nolan, Drew and Aiden

Position: High School health teacher

Education: Bachelor of science in kinesiology from University of Minnesota and master's of education from University of Minnesota

Previous work experience: Worked for two years in Minneapolis in physical education and eight years in Colfax as an alternative school teacher

Name: Ryan Stowers

Age: 33

Family: married to Meghan; two children, Kennan and Lydia

Position: High School social studies teacher

Education: Bachelors from Winona State and master's from UW-La Crosse

Previous work experience: Taught nine years at Cumberland High School

Name: Kate Geissler

Age: 25

Position: Eighth grade science teacher

Education: Graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2005

Previous work experience: Taught two years at Mauston Middle School

Name: Redgie Nielsen

Age: 31

Family: married, no children

Position: Computer applications teacher for grades six, eight and nine

Education: Bachelors from UW-Stout, working on master's of education from University of Minnesota

Previous work experience: Transportation and warehouse management and sales

Name: Tricia Perau

Family: married with one dog, Libby

Position: Music teacher at Paperjack Elementary

Education: Bachelor of music education

Previous work experience: I am a first year teacher but worked with Barb Peterson last spring

Name: Lisa Schmidt

Age: 41

Family: married to Jeff; three children

Position: Eighth grade American history teacher

Education: Bachelor of science in history and social studies from UW-Madison

Previous work experience: Taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade social studies and history in Houston,Texas, was gifted and talented coordinator in Hartford, Wis. and a long-term substitute in New Richmond last year teaching eighth grade history

Name: Jessica Mitchell

Age: 22

Family: parents, Dennis and Jackie Mitchell; siblings Maria Helgerson, Krista, Kyle and Kendra Mitchell

Position: Physical education/adapted physical education teacher

Education: Bachelor of science from UW-La Crosse

Previous work experience: Student teaching at Viking Elementary in Holmen, Wis. and Caledonia Middle/High School in Caledonia, Minn.

Name: Heather Thoe

Age: 25

Family: parents, Steve and Ruth Thoe, three sisters, Heidi, Leah and Rachel

Position: Sixth grade math teacher

Education: Bachelor of science in elementary education with a math minor from UW-River Falls kinesiology from University of Minnesota and master's of education from University of Minnesota

Previous work experience: Taught seventh and eighth grade math in Frederic, Wis.

Name: Jill Eckardt

Age: 38

Family: married to Casey, two sons, Cooper and Cal

Position: Kindergarten teacher

Education: UW-Stout and UW-Green Bay

Previous work experience: Taught first grade in the Eau Claire School District

Name: Dianne Albarado

Age: 41

Family: married to Jeff; two children, Joshua and Megan

Position: Gifted and talented teacher at Paperjack and Starr elementaries

Education: UW-River Falls graduate 2003 in elementary education

Previous work experience: Taught three years at St. Francis School in Ellsworth, summer school teacher for three years and taught three years at Teen University and College for Kids

Name: Nate Kirkman

Age: 31

Family: single

Position: School counselor at Hillside Elementary

Education: Bachelor of science from UW-Eau Claire and master's of science from UW-Stout

Previous work experience: Nine plus years working with youth in various educational environments

Name: Wendy Marek

Age: 38

Family: married to David; three children, Meghan, Andrew and Kathryn

Position: Elementary art teacher

Education: Bachelor of science from St. Cloud State and master's of science in elementary art from UW-River Falls

Previous work experience: Taught elementary and middle school art, taught in a grade four elementary classroom, Destination Imagination as well as summer art camps

Name: Heather Boe

Age: 35

Family: married to Troy, three children, Lexi, Charlie and Frankie

Position: part-time family consumer education teacher at New Richmond High School

Education: Undergrad from UW-Stout and graduate from St. Mary's University

Previous work experience: Six years at Osceola High School

Name: Walter Campion

Age: 35

Family: married to Laura, son Connor

Position: Technical education teacher, auto shop teacher

Education: Bachelor of science in automotive engineering technology and master's in automotive engineering technology from Minnesota State University-Mankato

Previous work experience: Three years as an auto body instructor at Dakota County Secondary Technical Institute in Rosemount, Minn.

Name: Annie Bauer

Age: 26

Family: married to Trevor

Position: Third grade teacher at Hillside Elementary

Education: Bachelor of science in elementary and middle education from UW-Eau Claire and master's in education from St. Mary's University

Previous work experience: Taught one year of third grade and two years of first grade at St. Anne's

Name: Laura Gunderson

Age: 23

Family: married to Charlie Tommerdahl

Position: Art teacher

Education: Bachelor of science in art education from UW-River Falls

Previous work experience: Graduated from UW-River Falls in May 2008

Name: Jackie Palmer

Age: 23

Family: married to Nate, yellow lab Millie

Position: Special services teacher

Education: Graduated in December 2007 from UW-Stout

Previous work experience: Two-and-a-half years with Wisconsin Early Autism Project and one year working with adolescents at Positive Alternatives in Menomonie, Wis.

Name: Maureen Sondreal

Age: 26

Position: Speech-language pathologist

Education: Master's of science from UW-Eau Claire

Previous work experience: One year working in Stillwater school district

Name: Amanda Soczka

Age: 28

Family: fiancé Mike Altmann

Position: Middle School counselor

Education: Bachelor of science in psychology from UW-River Falls and master's in guidance and counseling from UW-Stout

Previous work experience: Manager at Dick's Sporting Goods, student teaching in Menomonie, Wis. and Ellsworth after-school day care

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