Meet the new 2021-2022 Teachers

The MPSD is excited to introduce some new faces that are joining our team.  We wish them many years of gratitude for helping to shape our students into the best possible future leaders!

Bachochin, KatieKATHERINE BACHOCHIN- Virtual Teacher
About me:  I have been teaching for 17 years. I started out as a second grade teacher in Trevor, WI. I continued working there for 16 years. I taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade during my time at Trevor. My last year there I was fortunate to teach virtually and I LOVED it. This year I am beyond excited to teach K-2nd grade at MPSD. When I am not teaching, I am with my family. My husband Jay and I have been married 15 years. We have two children Blake who is 13 and McKenna who is 10. We love to spend as much time together as we can. I also love to travel, read, and most importantly I love to sing. I have been a part of many different singing groups over the years. Currently I sing on the worship team at my church. 

Educational Background: I received my Bachelor's Degree from University of Wisconsin Parkside. 

BreheimLINDSEY BREHEIM- Jefferson 5th Grade Teacher
About me:  
I am originally from Black River Falls, WI but I have been teaching 4th and 5th grade in Merrill, WI for the last two years. I am an avid baker and reader and I am always trying out new recipes or looking for new and interesting books to read. I also enjoy hiking, road trips and exploring new places.  One of my favorite places to hike and explore was Costa Rica, where I got to climb and see inside an active volcano. I am really looking forward to exploring Manitowoc and getting to know all the amazing people here.  

Educational Background: 
I graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2018  where I earned a degree in Elementary and Spanish Education.

Debo FamilyASHLEY DEBO GROSS- Virtual Teacher
About me:  I grew up in Prior Lake, Minnesota and after graduation I moved to Lake Forest, Illinois for college.  I spent 4 years at Lake Forest College where I swam and ran cross country, was in a sorority, and met my husband.  After graduating in 2010 I moved to the city and attended grad school.  After a few years in Chicago we decided to move back to Wisconsin so he could work for his family company.  We now live in Fond du Lac with our 2 kids, Porter and Easton and our dog Hudson.  Our family enjoys traveling, going to the lake, sports, and spending time with family/friends. 

Educational Background:   I attended Lake Forest College from 2006 to 2010 and graduated with a degree in Environmental Science and Political Science.  After undergraduate school I attended DePaul University from 2010-2012 and got a Masters of Arts in Teaching and Learning.  When we moved back to Fond du Lac I attended Moraine Park Technical College and took 2 years of science and nursing courses while working as a CNA. 

Giessen, RebeccaREBECCA GIESSEN- Washington Counselor
About me:  
I am newly engaged and love spending time with my fiancé and aussie doodle puppy. In my free time I enjoy playing/watching soccer, crafting, and hanging out with my friends and family.  

Educational Background: I earned my Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Lakeland University in 2018 and my Masters of Arts in Counseling from Lakeland University in 2021.  

Gruber, SJESSICA GRUBER - Riverview 5th Grade Teacher
About me: I grew up in West Bend, Wisconsin.  Just outside of my hometown, I started my teaching career in Kewaskum School District.  There I worked with a lot of wonderful students and colleagues in all grade levels from 4k to 8th grade.  I am a very family-oriented person so I love getting together with them to grill out, play some bags, and enjoy a fire!  When I am not at work or with my family, I like to get outside, travel, and explore new places.  I also love to watch movies and musicals whenever I get a chance!  

Educational Background: I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville in 2020.  I have a bachelor's degree in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence (1st-8th grade) Education with an emphasis in STEM Education and a minor in English Education.

Becky HoytBECKY HOYT - Virtual Teacher
About Me: 
 I have been teaching for around 20 years and am happy to return to the Manitowoc schools!  I live in rural Manitowoc county on my husband’s family’s farm. We have three kids who are in second, fourth and sixth grade. In my free time I like hiking, reading, traveling, cheering for the Badgers and swimming! 

Educational Background:  
BS in biochemistry and exercise physiology from UW Madison

Alan KileyALAN KILEY- Jackson Special Ed Teacher
About me: 
I love to travel and have been to almost all the states and have gone internationally to Japan. I plan to continue traveling the world! I love to play board  and computer games with my friends. I am currently engaged and plan to marry my fiance in the coming years. Our family consists of our dog Honey, our cat Butterscotch, 2 birds and a snake. 

Educational Background: 
On December 16th, 2017, I received my Bachelor’s degree with an Elementary Education endorsement from the University Nebraska-Lincoln. I have been working as a Full time substitute for the Manitowoc Public School District and a third grade elementary teacher at Belmont Elementary previously, and before that a substitute teacher in Kearney NE and Lincoln NE.

Megan KruegerMEGAN KRUEGER- Washington 7th Grade Teacher
About me: 
After living 22 years in small town Shawano, I am excited to be moving down to Manitowoc! I really enjoy traveling and I have goals to travel to all 50 states and to set foot in all seven continents. In my free time I enjoy watching Disney+, Netflix, and Hulu. I am a bit of a Disney nerd, making Disney+ my favorite of the three to turn on. When the weather is nice I like to go on walks or swimming, taking in what nature has to offer. 

Educational Background: I graduated from St. Norbert College with a degree in Elementary Education. I got the amazing opportunity to study abroad in England for a semester. 

Emily MoellerEMILY MOELLER- Jefferson 1st Grade Teacher
About Me:   
I am so excited to start my first year of teaching in First Grade! I just graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and am so excited to begin my teaching journey. In my free time I love to spend time with friends and family, cook/bake, do anything arts and crafts related, and I love to spend time outdoors!

Educational Background:  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in May 2021, with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Wendy NasgovitzWENDY NASGOVITZ -Washington Business Teacher
About me: I started my career in the corporate world and then took a position in Education as a Technology Coordinator.  I loved education so much I earned my certifications as a teacher and administrator and have been in education for over 20 years. I am married and have 3 children and 4 grand children.  I love going up north camping and four wheeling with family and friends.  I love to sew and create new projects.  

Educational Background:  I have Bachelors Degree’s in Psychology/Social Welfare, Accounting/Finance, and PK - age 21 Education - Certification area: Business Education.  My degrees were earned through Lakeland University.

I also earned my Masters Degree in Technology in Education from Lesley University (2006) 

NorrisHAILEY NORRIS - Madison 5th Grade Teacher
About me: 
 I just moved to Sheboygan from central Illinois! I love spending time with my fiancé and new puppy. I am excited to start my second year of teaching at Madison Elementary School! 

Educational Background: I graduated from the University of Kansas in May of 2020 with a degree in Elementary Education.

Santry, KevinKEVIN SANTRY -Lincoln Instructional Coach
About me:  
Married to Danielle (Anholzer) Santry and two kids Mason (age 12) and Liam (age 10). Our family hobbies include hunting, fishing, sports, and taking hikes throughout Wisconsin State Parks. Along with the family hobbies, my hobbies include baking artisan bread, cooking with my wood smoker, and playing video games. I was born and raised in Chicago and I'm a diehard Chicago Bears, Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks fan!

Educational Background: Bachelor's degree from St. Norbert College (2002).  Masters in Secondary Education with emphasis on Mathematics from University of St. Francis (2005). Masters in Educational Leadership from University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh with Principal Licensure (2018) and Director of Instruction Licensure (2020). 

Emma SasserEMMA SASSER- Lincoln Science Teacher
About me:  
I live in Neenah with my husband Skylar and my two cats. I have a very close knit family so we all live within 5 minutes of each other! A fun fact about my family is that both my sister and I are teachers, and both of our husbands do something with corrections (either police or prison security)! All throughout my life I have been the nerd girl, so I love stuff like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and superheroes (Wonder Woman is my favorite!). My husband and I have been watching an absurd amount of Anime right now, my favorites being My Hero Academia, Dr. Stone, Demon Slayer and Jujitsu Kaisen, at least right now! We usually watch 6 or more shows at once so I always find new favorites. I also collect FunkoPops! 

A fun fact about me not related to nerdy things is that I love going to rock concerts, mainly nu metal and power metal. I've attended about 80 concerts in the last 5 years alone, not counting 2020. I am excited to get back to regularly attending concerts, Comic Cons, Renaissance Festivals, and rock and mineral shows in the next couple years! 

Educational Background: 
My first degree is a technical diploma in Dental Assisting, I worked as a dental assistant for a couple of years, it was fun but it didn't satisfy the need to help change the world for the better, so I went back to school in 2013 for my Bachelors degree. I graduated with a BS in Geoscience and Environmental Science. Since there were not a lot of jobs in the Green Bay/Fox Valley area in science, my sister said I should pursue a degree in teaching because I would rock at it! So as of January of 2021, I received my teaching certificate for secondary levels, and I hope to have my masters degree in education very soon! 
I am looking forward to working with MPSD this year! 


Allyson SchermetzlerALLYSON SCHERMETZLER - Riverview Special Ed Teacher
About me:
  My name is Allyson Schermetzler (Fulton)! I am a Manitowoc native and recently moved to the small town of Maribel. My husband, Eric, and I got married in 2018 and just recently welcomed our baby girl, Aubrey, in December 2020. We also have three pups that keep us busy. I like to spend my time with my family outside, going for walks and enjoying campfires. I also love to read when I can find the time to do that! 

Educational Background:  MPSD is where my education started!  I graduated from Lincoln in 2013 and then graduated from UW-Madison in 2017 with a bachelor degree in Special Education. I worked for the last four years with the Brillion Public School District in the middle school as a special education teacher. I loved my job but I am really looking forward to coming back to my alma mater and working with some of the teachers that started my education!

Sherry SchlaeferSHERRY SCHLAEFER- Washington Reading Teacher
About me:  My husband and I live in Green Bay with our 2 high school age children and a dog.  As a family we travel each summer to a different MLB field, as of now, we have been to 10.  We also enjoy ATVing in Northern Wi and into Michigan.  My favorite series is Harry Potter and favorite genre is historical fiction.  Reading lets me travel in time and teaches me about history.  I also love Minions and Wonder Woman. I look forward to working at MPSD.

Educational Background:  I have been a professional educator for over 20 years using my Masters degree in Reading and being a certified Reading specialist.  

Jessica SchroederJESSICA SCHROEDERWilson  Teacher
About me:  
I am from Germantown, WI and I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, being outdoors, bowling, watching/playing sports (Go BUCKS) and relaxing with my Mini Golden Doodle, Stella. Most of all, I am very excited for this experience and ready to show Wilson what I have learned with my team. I cannot wait to start this new journey of mine!

Educational Background:  
I graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelors of Science in Education with a minor in Mathematics. 

ShillcoxTAYLOR SHILLCOXWilson Special Education Teacher
About me: I am a dog mom. Remi Lou Kate is a 1-year old Soft Coat Wheaten Terrier and I will get to tell you a lot of crazy stories about her.  I was born and raised in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. I am the oldest of 5, 4 brothers and 1 sister. I spend most of my free time with my dog, family and friends making many new memories. I enjoy traveling to new places, both in and out of the United States. I am excited to share those experiences with you as we grow and learn together.

Educational Background: I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater in 2019 and began my teaching career in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Megan SonnenbergMEGAN SONNENBERG- Jefferson 4th Grade Teacher
About me:  I've been living in Arizona for the past 18 years and I'm thrilled to get away from the excessive heat!  Some hobbies of mine are exploring/traveling to new nature spots, fishing, and hanging out with my family.  I love trying new things and taking workshops and classes to learn new and exciting teaching strategies to implement in my classroom.  I'm sure excited to be a part of the Jefferson Elementary School team and community!

Educational Background:  I graduated from Northern Arizona University with my Bachelor's in Elementary Education, with a full endorsement in Structured English Immersion. I began my teaching career as an educational assistant, a preschool teacher, and then a second grade teacher.  All of my experiences have been very rewarding.

Debbie St PeterDEBBIE ST. PETER- Washington Special Ed Teacher
About me:  
I live in the country with my husband and three sons. We raise pigs, a few steers, and chickens. We have a mastiff/lab dog named Reba. I enjoy swimming, camping, golfing, reading, traveling, and being with my friends and family. As a family, we enjoy going to concerts and Packer Games!

Educational Background:  
I graduated from Silver Lake College with a double major in elementary education and cognitive disabilities.  I graduated from St. Norbert College with a Master’s Degree in Assistive Technology.  I received my reading license from Concordia University.

Meg VinneyMEGAN VINNEY- Washington Special Ed Teacher
About me: I am a mom to one and a fur mom of many. My husband and I run a farm in Newton with horses, dogs and chickens, and we foster dogs for Sandi Paws Rescue too.

Educational Background: 
I started at UW Fond Du Lac with my Associate's degree then went to UW Oshkosh for my undergraduate degree in Special Education. From there, I decided to keep learning and earned two Master's Degrees online with Grand Canyon University in Autism Studies and Educational Administration. I spent my first five years as an educator in the Sheboygan Area School District. I am excited for my next adventure in MPSD!

Danielle WrightDANIELLE WRIGHTWashington 8th Grade Teacher
About me:
  Along with being an educator, I believe I am also a lifelong student. I am constantly reading! One of my greatest joys in life is collecting books, diving into a new story, and learning something new about the world. I enjoy traveling to as many new places as I can, painting and drawing, and spending time with my three cats - Zeus, Penelope, and Tiger.

Educational Background: I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in December 2017. I worked as a long term substitute for the Green Bay Public School District (Grade 2) in the spring. I also taught 7th and 8th Grade History at Black Creek Middle School for the Seymour Community School District for three years. I have experience teaching social studies, writing skills, world cultures, and even conversational Spanish and German! Every day has been an adventure!

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