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Somerset School district, St. Anne welcome new staff

The Somerset School District will welcome more than 14 new staff members to its roster for the 2016-17 school year.

St. Anne’s will also add two new staff members, while one staff members will be taking on a new role this 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 Somerset and St. Anne staff members.

Tracy Thurber

Family: Husband, Ernie; kids: Caitlyn (senior at SHS), Henry (junior at SHS)

Position in district: first-grade teacher Tracy Thurber

Education: BS — St. Cloud State in Special Edu. and Early Childhood; Masters — UW-RF in Elementary Ed.

Previous work experience: I taught elementary special ed. and regular ed. in Stillwater. I have also subbed in Somerset for several years.

Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and pets. I like being creative with a variety of crafts. I’m busy during the summer pulling weeds, doing yard work and relaxing. I also love any time I spend in my hometown of Grand Marais, Minn. on Lake Superior.

Jackie Montreal

Family: Husband, Rick; daughters: Emily (15), Abbie (13) and Lila (3)

Position in district: Accounts payable/purchasing agent

Education: BS Sociology — UW-RF Jackie Montreal

Previous work experience: Most recently spent two years as the St. Croix County County Administrators executive assistant. Before that, I spent eight years with the NRSD in enrollments and special education.

Hobbies and pastimes:Spending time with my family and friends. Attending all of my girls sporting events. I also love running and just completed my third marathon this summer.

Becky Davison

Family: Husband, Ryan; son, Keaton.

Position in district: MS special education teacher

Education: BS Special Education, UW-Eau Claire Becky Davison

Previous work experience: St. Croix Central Elementary School (six years)

Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, going for walks and spending time with family and friends.

Annie McElroy

Age: 31

Family: Fiance Ethan

Position in district: JK teacher Annie McElroy

Education: UW-Stout for Early Childhood and Special Education

Previous work experience: Early Childhood and 4K teacher in Stanley-Boyd (three years); 4K teacher in Menomonie (five years)

Hobbies and pastimes: Going for walks, bike rides, hanging out with family and friends and scrapbooking.

Ashley Borchardt

Age: 28

Position in district: Early childhood special education teacher Ashley Borchardt

Education: UW-Stout Bachelors in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Ed.

Previous work experience: Taught for three years in Tomah; taught for one year in Baldwin-Woodville.

Hobbies and pastimes: Traveling, camping, hiking, sporting events and cooking.

Shannon Gilkerson

Age: 32

Family: Husband, Tommy; daughter (6-years-old)

Position in district: Special ed. Aid in early childhood Shannon Gilkerson

Education: ECE Associate’s degree; ECE Bachelor’s degree in progress

Previous work experience: Owned Family Childcare in Somerset for four years. NR elementary special ed. aid (2015-2016)

Hobbies and pastimes: Being a mom and spending time with family.

Kari Handrahan

Age: 33

Family: fiance Andy; children: Emma (11), Jake (6), Ryan (4) Kari Handrahan

Position in district: Special ed. aide at high school 

Education: two year college — Early Childhood.

Previous work experience: daycare teacher (four year olds)

Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time with family, shopping and being outdoors.

Kate Fox

Age: 32

Family: Husband and four kids

Position in district: special education para Kate Fox

Education: none

Previous work experience: in home daycare for past 8½ years

Hobbies and pastimes: camping, hiking, volleyball, vacationing, watching Green Bay Packers, and spending time with my family.

Denise Suenne

Family: children: Becky, David; grandson, Keaton

Position in district: Occupational therapist Denise Suenne

Education: Boston University for Occupational Therapy

Previous work experience: variety of settings, including private practice and schools with children

Hobbies and pastimes: walking, crocheting, spending time with family.

Molly Fassbinder

Age: 24

Family: Mom, dad, sister

Position in district: ¾ long term sub Molly Fassbinder

Education: UW-Green Bay; St. Mary’s University.

Previous work experience: EBD teacher in Red Wing.

Hobbies and pastimes: Golf, cabin, being outside, spending time with friends and fishing.

James Roesler

Age: 29

Family: Married with two dogs

Position in district: middle school special education teacher James Roesler

Education: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire — BS Special Education

Previous work experience: Somerset Elementary — Early Childhood long term sub (½ year); Wisconsin Early Autism Project (three years).

Hobbies and pastimes: Hunting, fishing, taking my dogs swimming and watching college and professional sports.

John Siggens


Family: Mom, dad, two sisters and one brother

Position in district: Special ed. aide  John Siggens

Education: High school — SHS; sophomore at CSU Global

Previous work experience: Customer service at Float Rite Park; Serving at General Sam’s.

Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time with family, being outdoors, playing sports or just hanging out reading a good book. I enjoy hiking, swimming and playing with my puppy Sadie.

Derek Schneider

Age: 25

Family: Mother, Lorene Lisheron; father Arthur Schneider.

Position in district: .60 FTE high school social studies Derek Schneider

Education: UWEC

Previous work experience: Student taught at Milwaukee Public Schools and West Allis West Milwaukee.

Hobbies and pastimes: Cycling and Netflix.

Jonathan T. Grant

Family: Wife, Aimee; children: Owen (8) and Wyatt (5)

Position in district: high school special ed. teacher Jonathan T. Grant

Education: Northern Michigan University — Health; NORDA/SMU Minnesota — Special Ed.

Previous work experience: Somerset High School, alternative ed. assistant — three years; Hudson High School, special ed., EBD assistant — two years.

Hobbies and pastimes: Anything outdoors, including: camping, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, geocaching. I also enjoy spending time with my family.

St. Anne Catholic School

Dana Large

Position in district: 4K/Pre-K Dana Large

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Kean University in New Jersey.

Previous work experience: Primrose School in Minnetonka, Minn.; Sylvan Learning Center in Eagan; Teachers on Call in St. Paul; volunteer catechist for Faith Formation classes at St. Bridget’s in Minneapolis.

Cristy Wainionpaa

Family: Married with two sons

Position in district: middle school social studies/5-6 Religion Wainionpaa

Education: Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Minnesota; Master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Previous work experience: Owned and operated her own business for the past nine years.

Michelle Rochel

Position in district: new position — assistant principal/administrative assistant; will continue to teach science classes part-time in the middle school.

Education: Accepted into the Master’s program in education at St. Mary’s University (Winona-Twin Cities) and is dual-enrolled in MA and Principal Licensure program.

Previous work experience: Has taught at St. Anne for 25 years.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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