The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District

Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.

Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.

Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.

Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.

Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.

Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.

Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.

Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.

Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.

Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.

Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.

Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.

Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.

Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.

Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.

Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.

Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.

David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School

Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.

Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members. New Richmond School District [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres. St. Mary Catholic School [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.

Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District

Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.

Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.

Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.

Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.

Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.

Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.

Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.

Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.

Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.

Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.

Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.

Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.

Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.

Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.

Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.

Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.

Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.

David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School

Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.

Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787850","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"329"}}]]Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.The New Richmond School District will add 18 new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2016-17 school year. St. Mary Catholic School will also add four new staff members 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 of the new New Richmond and St. Mary staff members.New Richmond School District[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787810","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"398"}}]]Lynzi KnudtsonAge: 23Position in district: Special services K-5 at Starr ElementaryEducation: Bachelor of Science at UW-StoutPrevious work experience: First teaching positionHobbies and pastimes: Coaching, kayaking, water sports, snowmobiling, biking, personal fitness, any sort of sport.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787811","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"399"}}]]Heidi HofmeisterAge: 42Family: Husband, Chad; daughter, Elsie, 4. Position in district: Sixth-grade language arts - Bengal HouseEducation: UW-La Crosse (2 years), UW-Eau Claire (3½ years) = BS Special Education (LD, EBD)/Elementary Education; Masters at UW-Eau Claire. Previous work experience: 18 years Osceola School District = eight years special ed. - LD, EBD, 10 years fifth-grade general ed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family, gardening, grilling, traveling, outdoors, Heifer International, running and jogging.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787812","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"415"}}]]Cara CaseyAge: 32Position in district: middle school counselorEducation: Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and family studies from UW-Stout; Masters of Science in counseling from UW-Stout. Previous work experience: School counselor in Fredric School District (2008-09); high school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2009-2013); school counselor in Grantsburg School District (2013-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: I enjoy reading, zumba, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, traveling, going for walks, watching marathons of my favorite TV shows and kayaking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787813","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"433"}}]]Erik BensonAge: 25Family: mom, dad and two brothersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: Winona State University Previous work experience: Two years at Stanley-Boyd, coached JV and middle school basketball. Hobbies and pastimes: Basketball, football and golf are my favorite sports; anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and skiing.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787815","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"431"}}]]Lindy BergmanAge: 25Family: mom, dad, two sistersPosition in district: third-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Elementary Education with mathematics minor.Previous work experience: third-grade teacher at Bloomer Elementary (2014-2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Watching sports, reading, cooking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"381"}}]]Jenna SazamaAge: 27Family: Husband, Alexander; son, EmeryPosition in district: fourth-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: Winona State University - Elementary EducationPrevious work experience: five years at Clayton School District teaching fifth-grade.Hobbies and pastimes: Camping, fishing, photography, family time, baking and reading.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787818","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"372"}}]]Stacy DanielsonAge: 32Family: Husband, Ryan; daughters Lucy (5) and Layla (3)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Paperjack ElementaryEducation: UW-Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; UW-River Falls - Masters of Education in Elementary Education. Previous work experience: first- and third-grade long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary; K-5 interventionist long term substitute - Paperjack Elementary. Hobbies and pastimes: Spending time outdoors with my family: hiking, kayaking and swimming.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787819","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"396"}}]]Briana BeebeAge: 24Family: Husband, Tim; expecting first child, a baby girl, at the end of September.Position in district: eighth-grade language arts teacherEducation: Graduated high school in Somerset; graduated college at UWRF with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education - English.Previous work experience: Student taught 2015-2016 at New Richmond High School in ninth- and 11th-grade English; student taught 2015-2016 at St. Croix Central Middle School in seventh-grade literacy; long term substitute spring 2016 as ninth- and 12th-grade English teacher at St. Croix Central High School; long term substitute spring 2016 as paraprofessional at St. Croix Central High School. Hobbies and pastimes: Reading, playing piano and gardening.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787820","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"424"}}]]Kerianne WetzsteinAge: 24Family: Father and mother: Douglas and Diane Wetzstein; sisters Kaitlyn and Erin. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Previous work experience: Swim instructor - YMCA (2008-2016); Camp counselor - YMCA (2011-2014); student teacher second-grade, kindergarten and pre-school; long-term sub at Trinity Academy in Hudson (March-June 2016)Hobbies and pastimes: Outdoor activities (hiking, running, water skiing, swimming), spending time with family/friends, reading books on my screen porch and shopping.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"422"}}]]Sarah TegtmeierAge: 31Family: Husband, Seth; daughter, Aubree. Position in district: first-grade teacher at Hillside ElementaryEducation: Augsburg College - teacher certification; UW-La Crosse Bachelor’s in History and Sociology. Previous work experience: Taught first-grade in Twin Cities metro for the last five years. Hobbies and pastimes: Playing with my daughter, going out on the river, gardening, reading, cheering for the Twins and Packers and taking my dog Santiago for walks.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787822","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"371"}}]]Sam JahnkeAge: 26Position in district: High school math teacherEducation: UW-Stout, majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science, with a concentration in Math Education and also Science Education. Previous work experience: Oshkosh West High School; Menomonie High School.Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outdoors and being active. Some of my favorite things to do are go fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. I also enjoy running, biking, playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787823","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"376"}}]]Carly LorenzAge: 23Family: Parents: Terry and Valerie; sisters: Molly and Ali; brother: Jedediah. Position in district: kindergarten teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: UW-Stout; high school graduate of Eleva-Strum Central Previous work experience: Long term sub in Menomonie; first-grade teacher in Independence. Hobbies and pastimes: Travel! Been to Africa twice and can’t wait to return. Photography - especially sports action shots of my brother, who plays basketball, football and pole vaults. Being outdoors, camping, reading, painting and baking.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787825","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"397"}}]]Stephen DahleAge: 25Family: Parents: Tom and Carol DahlePosition in district: Middle school choral directorEducation: Luther College - Vocal and Instrumental Music EducationPrevious work experience: Orchestra director for Hudson School District, assistant marching band director at Hudson High School, musical accompanist at NRHS. Hobbies and pastimes: Going to concerts, spending time at Willow River State Park with friends, kayaking, playing XBox and making music.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787826","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"336"}}]]Elizabeth ClennonAge: 37Family: Husband, David; children, Colton (4), Mara (9), Tessa (8)Position in district: first-grade teacher at Starr ElementaryEducation: BS in Speech Communication (emphasis on Mass Communications) and a minor in Political Science from UWRF; Masters in Elementary Education from UWRF. Previous work experience: Stay at home mother for the past 9 years. Went back to school to get my masters. Student taught at Starr while completing my masters. Hobbies and pastimes: We spend all our family time outdoors. We have horses and love to ride them. Our family also has land up in northern Wisconsin where we camp and hunt all summer long.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787827","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"441"}}]]Brooke JendernyAge: 23Family: Parents: Lori and Ken; sister, Courtney; brothers, Colton and Nathan; dog, Zoey.Position in district: fourth-grade teacher at Starr Elementary Education: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: major in Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence Edu., minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. Previous work experience: worked as 4K teacher throughout college; Kids Depot at Bear Buddies - led summer camp program; substitute teacher in New Richmond.Hobbies and pastimes: In my free time I love to do anything outdoors, such as: camping, hiking, boating, walking and traveling. I also love to spend time reading and writing. I have recently picked up a new hobby….yoga.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787829","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"343"}}]]Lacey SheridanAge: 26Family: Parents: Pat and Trish; two brothers, Danny and Brennan.Position in district: Special Services Teacher at HillsideEducation: Completed my undergrad at UW-La Crosse with a license to teach regular and special education. Currently enrolled at Concordia University-St. Paul to get my Master’s in Education Leadership. Previous work experience: Worked at Malone Elementary in Prescott for the past two years as a first-grade special education teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: Kayaking, yoga, being outside and relaxing with my friends and family.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787830","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"379"}}]]Eva GrotaAge: 42Family: Husband, Kent; children, Jonah (21), Caleb (14), April (7) and Sam (4) Position in district: Special services teacher - high schoolEducation: BA in Early Childhood and Family Ed. from Concordia, St. Paul; Licensure/certification in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University. Previous work experience: Twin Cities: Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness; Somerset Schools: Early Childhood Special Education.Hobbies and pastimes: Proud soccer mom, enjoy yoga, summer at the cabin, reading a good book and spending time with family and friends.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787831","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"448"}}]]David StelterAge: 31Family: Parents: Dan and Helen; two brothers. Position in district: High school English teacher.Education: Bachelor’s Degree in English, added teaching intent from UW-Stevens Point. Student taught at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Previous work experience: Worked for the Boys and Girls Club and a preschool. Became a newspaper editor in 2009. Worked for AmeriCorps for a few years. Was a special ed. Assistant in Plainfield for a year. Hobbies and pastimes: Sports are my pastime. My favorite sport is basketball - both playing and watching - and my second favorite it football, but my second favorite sport to play is volleyball. I also like to read novels of various genres.St. Mary Catholic School[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787847","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"320"}}]]Lori VrchotaFamily: Husband, two sons (18 and 15)Position in district: Fourth-grade homeroomEducation: BS in Journalism, Bemidji State University; Elementary Ed. UWRFPrevious work experience: Ramsey County Attorney’s Office - Trainer; State of Minnesota Department of Human Services - trainer; Baldwin-Woodville School District - student taught/subbed. Hobbies and pastimes: Family activities, gardening, decorating, hobby farm.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2787849","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"347"}}]]Janine SmetanaAge: 49Family: Daughters: Ashley and Tianna; son: MitchPosition in district: Middle school language artsEducation: BS in Education from UW-River FallsPrevious work experience: Substitute taught in many school districts while children were growing up. Taught fourth-grade at Prescott for one year and then taught first-grade at Assumption Catholic School in Durand. Hobbies and pastimes: I love taking photographs and I also make pottery. I enjoy reading and taking long walks with my dogs.

Caitlin OlsonAge: 25Family: Husband: Zach; two dogs: Jaxx and NewoPosition in district: Kindergarten teacherEducation: University of Cincinnati - Associates in Early Childhood Edu.; University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Bachelors in Elementary Edu., Early Childhood Focus.Previous work experience: Sonshine Learning Center - four years as a lead teacher; St. Anne Catholic School - 4K teacher. Hobbies and pastimes: I love spending time outside! I love fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and just being outside. I also love game night with our whole family and just spending time together.

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