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New school year brings new challenges and new faces to Cadott, Cornell and Lake Holcombe districts

New school year brings new challenges and new faces to Cadott, Cornell and Lake Holcombe districts New school year brings new challenges and new faces to Cadott, Cornell and Lake Holcombe districts
By Ginna Young School buses have again started to roll, filled with students ready to tackle whatever this year has to throw at them. Some are seasoned veterans within their districts, while others are new to the game – including some teachers to the area schools. Cadott New to Cadott, Corey Adams will serve as a high school science teacher, after previously holding that role at Colfax. Adams graduated from Rice Lake High School in 2007, attending UW-La Crosse for a bachelor’s of science in biology; aquatic science, with a minor in microbiology. “My dad was a teacher, so at a young age, I got to see the ins and outs of what it takes to be a teacher,” said Adams, “and I really enjoyed watching him teach. I also enjoy working with students and helping to guide them to become successful individuals.” During his time at Colfax Middle/High School, Adams taught chemistry, as well as acting as the adviser for the Science Olympiad. He also worked for the DNR and was able to do many interesting things with his degree during that time. In his personal time, he enjoys spending time with family, including his wife, Kayley, and sons, Braxton and Carson. Adams also likes to spend time outdoors, fishing and hunting. “I use the knowledge and experience gained from working with the DNR, to provide real applications of the knowledge I am teaching to my students.” • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Originally from Prentice, Dalan Hartmann will act as an art teacher at Cadott High School, which involves sculpture, ceramics and photography. Hartmann will also advise the yearbook. Prior to Cadott, Hartmann was an art teacher at Medford, for five years, with a bachelor’s in education, graduating from college Summa Cum Laude in 2015. She and her domestic partner, Pheng, live in Eau Claire, with their munchkin cat, Hero. Hartmann has traveled to all 48 continental states, via an old purple mini-van. “I was chased by bears – multiple bears – saw a meteorite a little too close for comfort and mastered the New York City subway system,” said Hartmann. “I am scared of southern graveyards, too, which are indeed haunted.” As for the classroom, Hartmann plans to work with other teachers to create projects that are cross-curricular. “Adding social studies topics, writing about art, using math strategies and trying out science concepts, only helps to deepen a kid’s overall education, as a creative and intelligent person,” she said. “I decided to become an art teacher in kindergarten and I never looked back.” • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Kayla Hefti will serve as a special education teacher at the high school. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Coming to Cadott as a middle/high school math and science teacher, Jack Marchiafava began his life in Mounds View, Minn., graduating from Irondale High School in 2015. He then went on to UW-Eau Claire, finishing in 2019, with a comprehensive math education (BS). He also was a two-time researcher abroad in Peru, and likes music, travel, swimming, fishing and camping. Marchiafava can play 10 instruments, which includes piano, guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, drums, alto saxophone and accordion. “I was also a ballroom/Latin dance instructor for four years,” he said. Although this year may prove challenging, Marchiafava looks forward to emphasizing group work and experimental learning as much as possible in the classroom. “I always knew I wanted to work with people, but after first going to school for nursing, I realized that I needed to keep mathematics in my life,” he said. “So, teaching math became a perfect fit for me.” • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Teresa Marquardt will be a fourth-grade teacher at Cadott, after spending time teaching at Our Lady of Sorrows in Ladysmith, St. Joseph School in Rice Lake, and Regis Catholic Schools. Marquardt is originally from Rhinelander, graduating in 1986, before attending UW-Eau Claire for a BS in elementary education, with a minor in psychology. In her spare time, Marquardt likes reading, walking and fishing. She has two children – daughter, Natalie, 21, and son, Zander, 19, as well as fur babies, Sam, a 16-year-old gray domestic shorthair cat, Sunny, a six-year-old orange tabby, and Oliver, a one and a half-year-old black lab. This year, as part of Cadott, Marquardt would like to use various games and computer programs to supplement what students learn in class. “My grandmother was a teacher and I really admired my high school English lit teacher, Ms. Titus,” said Marquardt. “I wanted to help build the blocks to children’s future learnings.” • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • First-year teacher Macey Staab begins her career at Cadott, as a family and consumer sciences teacher, and an FCCLA adviser. Staab grew up in Marshfield, graduating in 2016. She attended UW-Stevens Point for a bachelor’s of science. “I get to help influence, support and encourage the future community members in my classroom,” said Staab. In her classes, Staab plans to implement hands-on learning and student choice, helping along a desire to learn. “My classes have students learning and practicing real-life skills that they will take with them, even after they graduate. “I enjoy building positive relationships with my students and learn a lot from them.” In personal time, Staab enjoys the outdoors, hiking, biking, hammocking, snowshoeing and downhill skiing. Family consists of her mother, Sandra, father, Greg, brother, Conner, and sister, Lanae. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Serving as a fourth-grade teacher, Allie Webster comes to Cadott, from Siren, graduating from UW-Green Bay, with a bachelor’s of science in education. “I became a teacher, because I have a passion for learning and helping others,” she said. “As a teacher, I am able to do both. My parents are also both teachers and my biggest influences.” Webster likes boating on lakes in her time off, traveling, spending time with family and friends, making leather earrings and of course, backing the state’s sports teams. “I am a huge Brewers and Packers fan,” she said. As for school, Webster’s way is to not only teach, but to learn from her students. “I plan to learn how each of my students learn best and their personal interests, so I can help them be active learners.” Cornell It’s only been since 2015, when Hannah Clark walked the halls of the Cornell School District, but now she’s back as a long-term second-grade substitute teacher. Clark went on to UW-Superior, finishing in 2019, with a major in elementary education and a minor in English language arts. “I am super excited to be teaching in the very same school that I went to elementary in,” she said. “I love kids and their intrinsic desire to learn.” In Clark’s spare time, she likes gardening, baking, fishing and camping, and has lots of farm animals to care for. On the school side of things, she wants to use “whole brain teaching,” which activates many parts of the brain to maximize learning and makes it fun for students. “It is so fun to watch their confidence grow, every time they try something new,” said Clark. “What is more rewarding than that?” • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Sixth-grade teacher Jason Jaenke is no stranger to Cornell, as he previously served as a first, fourth and sixth-grade science teacher with the district. Lately, Jaenke was a nine through 12 special education teacher at Ladysmith. Jaenke’s hometown was Fall Creek, where he graduated from UW-Oshkosh. Outside of school, Jaenke’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, spending time in the woods and construction. He does have a cat, Chuck, but is not married and has no children. Jaenke says he was influenced by great teachers he had, which led to a career in education. He also served in the United States Marine Corps and has been an active member of the Cornell VFW/American Legion, for 10 plus years. In the classroom, he plans to guide students to a successful future and help them make real life connections through their learning process. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Acting as a kindergarten teacher at Cornell, Katie Jensen comes from Cumberland, graduating from there in 2015. She then went on to UW-Eau Claire for degrees in early elementary and special education. Her family consists of spouse, Courtney, daughter, Capree, and dog, Paisley. Jensen enjoys sports, boating, and spending time with family and friends. In high school, Jensen’s marching band went to State three times, something that she was part of, in the color guard section. She credits her teachers growing up, as the reason she went into education, to provide a positive influence for her own students. “School was always a safe and happy place for me growing up,” said Jensen, who plans to implement more activities that have to do with the science of reading. “I also aim to make our classroom like a family, so students can feel safe and secure to learn, and take risks, in order to grow.” • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • As school psychologist, Lynda Lacina has a strong desire to help children with learning challenges. Lacina is from Chippewa Falls, completing her high school education in 1990. She went on to receive a BA in psychology from UW-Eau Claire and master’s from there, as well. “As a school, we are hoping to implement more reading strategies that follow the science of reading,” said Lacina. “I am hoping to help facilitate this process.” When not in school, Lacina enjoys reading, walking, hiking, cooking, baking and spending time with her family. She and husband, Michael Fischer, share two dogs, Willow and Hunter, and a cat, Colby. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Allison Schnobrich serves as the middle/high school counselor at Cornell, where she thinks resilience and perseverance are important. The 1983 Chippewa Falls graduate, earned a BS in psychology in 1989, and an MA in counseling in 1991. “My father was an elementary teacher, so I kind of wanted to follow in his footsteps,” she said. “I like helping people and I am a good listener, so school counseling was a good fit.” Schnobrich was part of the Off-Campus Program in Eau Claire, for 25 years, something she calls a phenomenal experience of working with a successful team who worked together to help at-risk students. After the program ended last year, Schnobrich wasn’t ready to stop helping students. “I like to work with students, to help them find ways to solve problems and to keep looking for those ways until they have found a solution that works,” she said. Outside of school, Schnobrich’s hobbies include cooking, baking, reading, music, boating and motorcycle rides with her husband, Brett. The two have children, Brenden, 28, and daughter, Sarah, 22, as well as cat, Rocket, 10. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • New to the Cornell School District, is Courtney Yanko, high school physical/health education teacher. Yanko is originally from Butternut, where she graduated from Chequamegon High School in 2013. After graduation, she attended UW-Stevens Point for physical education. She then served as a special education teacher at Madison Elementary in the Stevens Point Area School District, and was a track and field coach at Assumption Catholic School. In her spare time, she enjoys getting outside and staying active, with running, kayaking, biking, hiking and swimming, as well as her passion for bow hunting every fall. She also loves all sports and is a huge fan of the Packers, Chicago Cubs and Golden State Warriors. “I’m always looking for new ways to inspire my students,” she said. “I plan to implement more hands-on learning in my health classes, to keep the students engaged and interested in my lessons.” Yanko wants to get to know her students, so she can incorporate what they like to do into lessons. Lake Holcombe Dawn Anderson comes to the Lake Holcombe School District as an instrumental music teacher, with years of experience under her belt, having taught band at Prentice and Thorp schools. She is originally from Auburndale, and attended UW-Eau Claire for a BME and Saint Mary’s for an MA. “When I was in high school, my band director had a lot of influence on me,” said Anderson. “We were performing a piece that was depicting a horrible moment, but in performing that piece, it taught me that music can convey great human emotion.” With this year promising to be unique, Anderson hopes to engage students, not only through performing, but technologically. “There are many fun and creative ways to express oneself,” she said. Anderson makes her home with husband, Vern, and sons, Matthew and Kyle. She enjoys the outdoors and has a small jewelry business. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Having spent time in Costa Rica and India, Heath Hill brings a new perspective to Lake Holcombe, as the Hudson native will serve as this year’s high school math teacher. Hill grew up in Waunakee, graduating in 2012. He then attended UW-Eau Claire for physics and mathematics, as well as minoring in Spanish liberal arts. His wife, Katie, is a Holcombe native, and since the two returned from India, they, and cat, Andromeda, help out on the family farm, while Hill leads worship at their church on his guitar. Within the school, Hill plans on using good materials, and showing love and concern for every student, as well as providing a safe environment. That’s something he is familiar with, as he taught in Hudson for two years. “High school was a positively impactful time in my life,” said Hill. “I wanted to help others experience good and positive changes in their lives during their high school years, to grow as a whole person.” • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Amy Linskey takes on the responsibility of head cook at Lake Holcombe School, which includes planning menus and encouraging kids to try new, healthy foods. Linskey grew up in Palmyra, graduating in 1993. She attended Waukesha County Technical College, earning an associate’s degree in food marketing and received a associate’s degree/certification in early childhood from WITC. Linskey has coached the Chippewa River Youth Football squad and acted as coach/coordinator for the Lake Holcombe summer t-ball, softball and baseball programs. She likes hobby farming, camping, four-wheeling, cooking/baking and building the home where she, her husband, Scott, and children, Bailey, 22, Wyatt, 19, Slate, 9, and Clayton, 7, live. “I enjoy working with kids,” said Linskey. “I will try and make the kitchen/lunchroom a positive and fun time for the students, and staff.” As part of a fun way to introduce kids to nutritious meals, Linskey is planning a National Food Day, Oct. 8, titled “The Great Wisconsin Crunch,” featuring locally grown apples. “Make healthy eating more fun,” she said.