Students & Staff Spotlight

The MPSD already knows we have the best students and staff around...but did you?

Each month students and staff members will be "in the spotlight" as a way to celebrate them for being great ambassadors of the MPSD Mission, Vision and Core Beliefs.  

We are proud to be in MPSD!

October 2018 spotlight teacher - Jody Henseler, Wilson 7th Grade Science...

My passions in life revolve around enjoying time in the out-of-doors.  Paddling on the water is number one - be it paddleboarding or canoeing.  To go along with this I really enjoy carving paddles and building cedar-strip canoes/paddleboards. I love the change in seasons and the different activities that go along with these changes -- wilderness canoe camping, camping, mountain biking, swimming, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.  In all of the seasons, I enjoy using photography to capture my experiences as well as looking at the everyday world in different ways. Taking time to create things that I can use or things that communicate my thoughts and feelings towards the outdoors is important to me.

Wilderness Days, by Sigurd F. Olson is my favorite book.  I remember vividly the day I found it. I had just finished my first year at UW-Stevens Point and I had points left on my account, so I went to the bookstore to look for a way to spend them.  I came across this book and in thumbing through it, was captivated by his writing. Sig’s writing style made the words jump off the page for me and I could visualize exactly what he talked about in his essays of canoe trips, days spent in the wilderness, and encounters with critters.  His writing made me want to explore and experience the canoe country, which I do as much as possible.

This is my 22nd year with the MPSD, and the 29th as a teacher in Wisconsin.  I went into education to make a difference.  I want to ignite in my students creativity, wonder, and excitement for learning.  I want them to understand that learning is a lifelong endeavor -- to always be curious, to always be yearning for new adventures, and to always keep an open mind.  I want the students to see me as a lifelong learner and that I am always working on learning something - personally and professionally. I want them to understand that they can do anything they want in life -- nothing is out of reach.

October 2018 spotlight student - Karen Ruiz-Torres, Jefferson 6th Grade...

What are your hobbies? I like to read books especially the Dork Diaries. I also practice my clarinet.

What are your plans after high school? I want to be a band teacher because I like music and I want to help kids in school.  

What is your favorite book? Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell

What would you like to be doing ten years from now? I would like be a teacher and I would also like to go to Mexico and see some of my family.  

What is your favorite movie? Coco - I like how it is related to Mexico and their beliefs.  

What MPSD co-curricular activities are you involved in? Band, Griffin Go-Getters Service Club

Who is your role model? My family because they care about people and they are nice to everyone.