New Staff 2018-2019

The MPSD welcomes the following new staff members to our team of educators.  Thank you in advance for your dedication to our students!

ShimekMy name is Melanie Shimek. I am the new Business Education teacher at Lincoln and Washington. I will be teaching PLTW-Computer Science Principles , Programming & Video Game Design, Business Law, PLTW APP Creators/Computer Science for Innovators and Makers, Intro to Business & Marketing, Advanced Computer Applications and Computer Skills.  I have my Bachelors in Health Sciences and my Master's in Business Administration. 

Miller¡Hola! My name is Susan Miller and I’m the new Spanish Teacher at Lincoln High School.  Previously I taught Spanish for the Mishicot Public School District.  I’m originally from Manitowoc and graduated from Lincoln High School.  After high school I attended UW-Stevens Point and Silver Lake College, receiving teaching certifications for Spanish, ELL, and Special Education.  I have traveled and studied abroad in Spain.  I’m glad to be back and part of the teaching staff!

WiegandMy name is Abbey Wiegand and I will be teaching 5K special education at Riverview Early Childhood Center. I am a proud Manitowoc Public School District Alumni and I am very excited to be back here in Manitowoc.

WaterhouseMy name is Mary Waterhouse and I will be teaching science at Wilson Junior High. This will be my first year teaching at Wilson, but is my second year teaching science. I previously taught in Minnesota for a year. I decided to move back to Wisconsin and say goodbye to all those Vikings fans. GO PACK GO!

I have a bachelor’s degree in science and I absolutely love teaching it. My favorite subject is Biology and Environmental Science. I can’t wait to help students become better scientists and expose them to lots of life skills.

I grew up in the small town of Antigo, Wisconsin and I love going home and visit often. My parents and my two older brothers, Chad and Paul, live there. I also enjoy going home to visit my three nieces. There is nothing quite like being an auntie.

  This summer, I finally got the kitten I’ve been dreaming of. Lucy is a Maine Coon, and loves to bite anything and everything. She has more energy than a room full of students.

I can’t wait to spend the next year learning and growing with my students and the Manitowoc Public School District!

RitchieI'm Jeanne Ritchie, and I'm the new music teacher at Monroe and Riverview. I grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and attended UW-Eau Claire for my Bachelor's degree in Music Education. I have since moved to southern Wisconsin and have lived there the last 14 years.  I am moving to Manitowoc from Beloit, Wisconsin.  I have taught music in the Eau Claire area and Beloit vicinity.  I have 2 grown children who live in Chicagoland and 2 fur baby cats.  I'm very excited to be moving to the area and am looking forward to seeing Lake Michigan on a regular basis.  Even more important, I can't wait to meet my kiddos and begin working with them!

MuellerHello! My name is Abby Mueller and I will be a special education teacher at Riverview! I will be working with the Early Childhood and 5K students this year. I just graduated from UW-Stevens Point in May so this will be my first year of teaching. I grew up in this area so I am excited to be back working in this district. I cannot wait for the school year to begin!

OpichkaHi! My name is Mikayla Opichka. I am one of the new 6th grade teachers at Franklin Elementary School. This year I will be teaching Reading, Writing, and Math. I have my Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Silver Lake College. I am a Lincoln High School Alumni, and am excited to be teaching in my hometown district! I cannot wait to work with my students and watch them grow throughout this year!


FreibergHello everyone! My name is Michelle Freiberg and I am excited to join the MPSD as an Occupational Therapist. I was born and raised right here in Manitowoc and graduated from Lincoln High School. I attended UW Parkside where I received my Bachelors in Applied Health Sciences, and I earned my Masters in Occupational Therapy from UW La Crosse. I look forward to getting to know everyone and help students access their education and reach their potential.

Amy RamlBonjour tout le monde! My name is Amy Raml and I am the new French teacher at Wilson Jr. High.

 I was born and raised in Milwaukee, and had the fortunate opportunity to attend Milwaukee French Immersion and Milwaukee School of Languages. After high school, I earned my BA in Middle/Secondary Education, emphasis French, at Mt. Mary University, Milwaukee, while also studying at the Institut de Touraine, Tours, France. I earned my MAT in Instructional Best Practices, emphasis Career Planning, at Aurora University, Illinois. I studied coaching and mentoring, emphasis Personal Empowerment and Potential, earning my certifications in Professional Coaching, Life Coaching, and Youth, Parent and Family Coaching at World Coach Institute, Florida.

I started teaching in 1997 and can't wait to kick start the 2nd half of my career with MPSD!!!

Abbey BrillHi! My name is Abbey Brill and I will be teaching first grade at Madison Elementary! I am from New Holstein and recently graduated from Silver Lake College in May. I’m excited to be teaching first grade and to be a Cougar! 


Kelsey O'ConnorHello! My name is Kelsey O'Connor. I will be joining Stangel's Star Team as a first-year 6th grade teacher. I am a recent graduate of Silver Lake College. Being a Manitowoc native and a MPSD alumni, I could not be more thrilled to be back in this wonderful district! 

SchultzMy name is Courtney Schultz! I joined the Stangel Stars this year as a 6th grade teacher! This is my fourth year of teaching after graduating from UW - Green Bay in 2014.  I’m so excited to call Manitowoc my new home and embark on new adventures with everyone at MPSD!