The River Falls school district is welcoming 26 new staff members to their team this year. The staff members' hometown, position, college and teaching motive are listed below. Staff members are listed in alphabetical order.

 

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Audrey Cleven

Audrey Cleven

Hometown: Marathon, Wisconsin

Teaching position and building: High school English

College attended: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I chose English education because I believe that each student has a powerful voice and story to tell and together we can ampliphy that voice. Being able to become an educator is an honor, and I am excited to give students a safe place to share their voice. Also, on top of all those cool things, I get to read for my job and that’s my dream come true.

 

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McKenna Cook

McKenna Cook

Hometown: Pardeeville, Wisconsin

Teaching position and building: English language teacher

College attended: UW-River Falls

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I chose to become a teacher, specifically EL, because I have always loved languages and learning about cultural differences. I became an EL teacher to support and advocate for multilingual students and be a person that will encourage them to share and celebrate their cultures.

 

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Kirsten Crowe

Kirsten Crowe

Hometown: La Crosse, Wisconsin

Teaching position and building: Cross-Cat Special Ed, Rocky Branch 

College attended: Viterbo University

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I enjoy seeing students grow in their learning and passion for learning and to be a part of that each day.

 

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Emma Cruciani

Emma Cruciani 

Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Teaching position and building: Elementary music, Rocky Branch

College attended: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? My grandmother was an elementary music teacher, and she was my best friend growing up. She passed when I was just starting college, and I felt drawn to the education field, and to follow in her footsteps. I love making music, and I love spending time with kids.

 

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Beth Dodge

Beth Dodge

Hometown: Chilton, Wisconsin

Teaching position and building: School psychologist, high school

College attended: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and University of Wisconsin-Stout

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I absolutely love working with both students, and teachers to ensure that everyone has a successful academic career. I am passionate about children and ensuring that they have what they need to be successful in all that they want to be.

 

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Suzannah Esteb

Suzannah Esteb

Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota

Teaching position and building: Sixth grade, Meyer Middle School

College attended: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I chose teaching as my profession because it is incredibly rewarding and impactful. Teachers have the power to change the future by shaping the youth. I want to inspire students to be well-rounded individuals who are motivated to reach their full potential. This profession is a big responsibility that requires hard work, but I have always enjoyed a challenge.

 

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Kaydan Geiger

Kaydan Geiger

Hometown: Saint Michael-Albertville, Minnesota

Teaching position and building: Secondary mathematics, high school

College attended: University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I come from a family with many teachers and administrators and have always felt a calling toward education. I love helping others and problem-solving, but it wasn’t until my junior year of high school when my pre-calc teacher answered the classic, “When are we ever going to use this?” question that I knew with certainty that I wanted to be a math teacher. His reply was, “You’re learning how to learn.” This inspired and motivated me to want to help others see the value in having problem-solving and learning skills as well.

 

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Max Haskins

Max Haskins

Hometown: River Falls

Teaching position and building: Science, River Falls High School

College attended: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I have had many tremendous teachers in my life and want the opportunity to be that for someone else. The relationships and impact you can have while teaching is second to none.

 

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Jaimi Hoernke

Jaimi Hoernke

Hometown: River Falls

Teaching position and building: EBD Sped teacher, Meyer

College attended: University of Wisconsin- La Crosse

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I have always wanted to be a teacher, it is a family profession for me. I come from a long line of educators. I take great care and pride in providing the support and educational services to allow my students to have opportunities to be successful in life and good citizens.

 

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Billie Johnson

Billie Johnson

Hometown: Prescott

Teaching position and building: Seventh grade literature-Gold House, Meyer

College attended: University of Wisconsin- River Falls

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I love kids and pre-teens and am a lifelong learner myself.

 

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Lindsay McLain

Lindsay McLain

Hometown: Hammond, Wisconsin

Teaching position and building: Eighth grade math, Meyer

College attended: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I wanted to be a teacher from a very young age but my love of math during high school led me to pursue a degree in math education. Teaching at the middle school level brings something new to the classroom each day. I appreciate the opportunity to help students build relationships with peers and staff, grow as individuals, and learn some math along the way.

 

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Jessica McQuade

Jessica McQuade

Hometown: Lake City, Minnesota

Teaching position and building: Fifth grade, Westside

College attended: University of Wisconsin-River Falls for bachelor's, St. Mary's University for master's degree

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I chose teaching as a profession because I love helping children learn new things and find a love for learning.

 

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Amy Mitchell

Amy Mitchell

Hometown: River Falls

Teaching position and building: Children’s House 4K/5K, Montessori

College attended: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? When I decided to become a teacher, I loved the idea of being able to make an impact and serve a community. I also loved working with children and the joy and variety they brought to each day. Almost 20 years later those reasons still ring true, but I also cherish the lightbulb moments as children learn, the lessons they teach me, and the formation of a special community with each new group of students. 

 

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Madison Morgan

Maddie Morgan

Hometown: River Falls

Teaching position and building: Fifth grade, Rocky Branch

College attended: University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I knew I wanted to be a teacher starting in second grade in Steph Linehan's class at Greenwood Elementary. Since then, I have been able to work with kids in a variety of school and camp settings. Ultimately, I chose teaching as my profession because I love working with kids and giving them the tools to learn, grow, and experience "lightbulb moments". I'm so excited to be back in the River Falls School District.

 

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Hometown: La Farge, Wisconsin

Teaching position and building: School counselor, high school and Ren

College attended: Northland College and University of Wisconsin-River Falls 

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? Every student deserves to be supported and seen in a safe, nonjudgmental space. I aim to provide this space for students as a counselor, and support successes big and small in their academic and social-emotional learning.

 

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Brenna O'Connor

Brenna O’Connor

Hometown: Ellsworth

Teaching position and building: Seventh grade language arts, Meyer

College attended: University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? Having the opportunity to guide student learning is extremely rewarding. I have been blessed with multiple opportunities to work with youth throughout my life and have enjoyed supporting them through challenges, problem solving, and discovery that happens when they are engaged, which is why I have chosen teaching as my profession.

 

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Scott Pape

Scott Pape

Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota

Teaching position and building: Eighth grade social studies, Meyer

College attended: Iowa State University

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I chose teaching because I love interacting with students and building relationships with them. I also thoroughly enjoy being a positive influence and role model in their lives.

 

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Courtney Peter

Courtney Peter

Hometown: Apple Valley, California

Teaching position and building: Family consumer science, River Falls High School

College attended: University of Wisconsin-Stout, bachelor’s;. University of Wisconsin-Stout, masters (school counseling)

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I became a teacher for a stereotypical reason. I moved 2,500 miles my junior year and had an amazing teacher that reminded me that every day is a new day. She impacted my life, and I am incredibly grateful for her.

 

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Bailey Roche

Bailey Roche

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Teaching position and building: Seventh grade Social Studies, Meyer

College attended: University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I have known that I have wanted to be a teacher since the sixth grade. Social studies was the first subject that I truly fell in love with. I have always enjoyed the natural inquiry that comes with the social sciences and showing students that history is not boring.

 

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Spencer Rohlinger

Spencer Rohlinger

Hometown: Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Teaching position and building: Science, River Falls High School

College attended: University of Wisconsin-au Claire, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I chose to become a teacher because I find it rewarding to support students while they work to achieve their goals.

 

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Amber Schurman

Amber Schurman

Hometown: River Falls

Teaching position and building: Occupational therapist, Rocky Branch, 4K sites, Greenwood

College attended: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Concordia Wisconsin

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I chose to be an OT because I love being able to help people reach their personal individual goals. I’ve worked in many settings including orthopedic, acute care, Nuero/trauma and long term care, but pediatrics has always been my passion. The educational setting has allowed me to work with children and help them be as independent as possible.

 

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Caitlyn Severson

Caitlyn Severson

Hometown: Hayfield, Minnesota

Teaching position and building: First grade, Rocky Branch

College attended: University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? Ever since I was a little girl I played school. When I got to high school I had some of the best teachers, and it pushed me to become a teacher.

 

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Alyssa Schluessler

Alyssa Schluessler

Hometown: Farmington, Minnesota

Teaching position and building: First grade, Westsie

College attended: University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I chose teaching because I have always loved to work with kids. Seeing the growth in my students and getting to know so many different families is one of the most rewarding things. I feel very lucky to be able to make the connections I get to make daily with my students, families, and coworkers.

 

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Hometown: Merrill, Wisconsin

Teaching position and building: Seventh grade math (Gold), Meyer

College attended: University of Wisconsin-Stout

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I chose to teach because I have always liked to learn and share knowledge. I am drawn toward serving people, whether through volunteering, tutoring, or coaching. I felt teaching would allow me to use my ability to connect with and serve people most effectively.

 

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Stephanie Thompson

Stephanie Thompson

Hometown: Hammond, Wisconsin

Teaching position and building: Children's House (4K/5K)- Montessori

College attended: University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I chose teaching as my profession because I love children. I believe that children are the greatest gift and hope for this universe, and I see nothing more valuable than investing in them.

 

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Natalie Wayne

Natalie Wayne

Hometown: Puyallup, Washington

Teaching position and building: Fifth grade, Rocky Branch

College attended: University of Washington

Why did you choose teaching as your profession? I chose teaching as my profession because I love learning and love sharing what I've learned even more! I am passionate about making a positive difference. I truly enjoy facilitating the learning of students and watching them grow academically, emotionally, and socially.

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