Meet the Faculty

Elementary Staff

4K - Mrs. Hauser

My name is Mandy Hauser and this is my 15th year teaching Four Year-Old Kindergarten at Thorp Elementary School. I graduated from Thorp High School in 1993 and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Mount Senario College in 1997.

I live on a hobby farm in Thorp with my husband Chad and we have two children, Gracie and Charlie. As a family we CHEER for the Badgers, Packers, Brewers and Thorp Cardinals. My favorite place to be is Rock Dam where I love to paddle board, bike and fish with my family. I also enjoy gardening, yoga, snowboarding, hiking and collecting "junk".

Children are my WORLD. I encourage you to visit our 4K classroom and you will see why I am truly BLESSED to have my DREAM job at Thorp Elementary School.

Mrs. Hauser - 4 K Teacher

4K Aide - Mrs. Jacque

I have been with the 4K program for 7 years, being a recess supervisor prior to that. I have four children and have been married for almost 17 years. We live on a small hobby farm outside of Thorp. I grew up on a sheep/beef farm a few miles out of Thorp and attended both Thorp Elementary and High Schools. Following graduation I attended CVTC and received an Associates Degree then moved to Madison for about 10 years - finding my way back to Thorp and doing a job I LOVE.

Kindergarten - Mrs. Luzinski

My name is Mrs. Luzinski and I teach kindergarten at Thorp Elementary School. I have lived in Thorp my entire life attending Thorp Elementary and graduated from Thorp High School in 2004. I graduated from UW-Stout in 2008 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I am so privileged to be teaching at Thorp Elementary with some of my former teachers.

I am married to my husband, Neal and we have three children, Nolen, Lakyn and Canden. In my free time, I enjoy crafting, camping and spending time with my family.

I absolutely love my job and seeing the smiles on the children's faces every day. I enjoy watching the kids grow and learn new things. I hope to instill my love for learning in them while having fun doing so!

Mrs. Luzinski - Kindergarten Teacher

Kindergarten - Mr. Neira

Kindergarten - Mrs. Quinnell

This is my 27th year teaching at Thorp Elementary School. I am proud to say I have taught kindergarten in the same school district for all of those years.

I graduated from UW Oshkosh in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. GO TITANS! In 2002 I received my Master of Arts degree in education from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

I have two kids. Alex is 23 and Abby is 18. My husband Jon teaches in the Gilman School District. I am an avid reader and a football fanatic!!

I love my job and am proud to be a teacher!!

Mrs. Quinnell - Kindergarten Teacher

1st Grade - Mrs. Dickson

"Hello! I am one of the First Grade teachers at Thorp Elementary. I received my teaching degree from the University of WI-Eau Claire. My first teaching job was in Eau Claire at Sacred Heart School teaching second grade. After that I came to Thorp and taught Title 1 for grades K-2. I also taught Kindergarten and second grade. I received my master's degree from UW-Eau Claire.

I enjoy teaching children. They are so eager to learn and explore new adventures. It is exciting and rewarding to see the growth from the beginning of a school year to the end of the year.

I am married and have two children. In my spare time I enjoy taking courses to keep current in teaching, reading a good book, scrapbooking, listening to music, playing the piano and spending time with my family."

Thank you,
Karen Dickson
First Grade Teacher

1st Grade - Mrs. Girard

Hi! My name is Bridget Girard and I am grateful to be one of the first grade teachers at Thorp Elementary School.I grew up in Thorp and I am a proud graduate of this awesome district.I graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in Special Education CD/LD.I later returned to school to add-on certification in Early Childhood Education from UW-Stout.

I live in Thorp with my husband (Kurt) and son (Avery). This is a great community to raise a family in and I am happy that you chose it for your family.

I’m excited to share my love of learning with your child this school year.I believe for authentic learning to take place students should feel supported and see classroom activities as purposeful, fun, and engaging.It is important for me to have my students know that I care for and value each of them as a unique individual in my room.

Please feel free to stop in and see what we are up to in our first grade classroom!

Mrs. Girard - 1st Grade Teacher

1st Grade - Mrs. Gjerseth

2nd Grade - Mrs. Mohr

Hello, my name is Rachel Mohr. This will be my fourth year teaching at Thorp in second grade. I taught kindergarten previously for two years in Eau Claire.

I grew up in Thorp and graduated high school in 2002. I graduated from UW-Stout in 2012 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and an add-on certificate in Early Childhood Special Education.

I am happy to be back in the Thorp community. I live in Thorp with my husband (Philip), step-daughter (Hailey) and daughter (Emma).

I am looking forward to working with you and your child in reaching his or her full potential. We will have many wonderful experiences and opportunities to learn and grow in the days ahead!

Mrs. Mohr - 2nd Grade Teacher

2nd Grade - Mrs. Lisiecki

Hello! My name is Lisa Lisiecki, and I am a honored to be teaching the second graders here at Thorp Elementary School. I absolutely love what I do and feel fortunate to have this as my chosen profession.I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a BS in Elementary/Middle Education and a minor in Social Studies. I place great value in continuing my education through graduate classes, workshops, and collaborating with my coworkers. In sharing my passion for learning I hope to instill a love of learning in my students so that they will always have a desire to grow, develop, and learn new things.

I live in Stanley with my husband and we have two children. My family is very important to me, and I love spending time with them. I also enjoy reading a good book, taking photographs, and creating things out of wooden pallets.

I encourage parents, teachers, or community members to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns that arise. Please feel free stop in anytime to see what the exciting things happening in 2nd grade!

2nd Grade - Mrs. Knox

My name is Jennifer Knox. I am a second grade teacher at Thorp Elementary. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Special Education. This is my 4th year teaching. I grew up/live in Boyd with my husband, Shawn, and my two daughters, Kendall (3) and Keslyn (18 months). We like to do things as a family such as go to the lake, garden, bow hunt and watch the Green Bay Packers! I am very excited to teach second grade this year!

Mrs. Knox - 2nd Grade Teacher

2nd Grade - Mrs. Stroinski

My name is Jan Stroinski and I have lived in Thorp my whole life. I have been a teacher in the Thorp School District since 1994. I am currently teaching second grade. I received my teaching degree at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and I received my Masters in Teaching from Saint Mary's University.

Mrs. Stroinski - 2nd Grade Teacher

3rd Grade - Ms. Aubart

My name is Alyssa Aubart, and I teach third grade here at Thorp Elementary School. I grew up in Bloomer, WI, and now live in Chippewa Falls. I graduated from UW-Stout in December 2014, with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, and a certification in Early Childhood Special Education. I enjoy spending time outdoors, and being with my family and friends. I love walking/running, painting, reading, playing tennis, hiking, and camping. I truly enjoy teaching and and watching my students grow in their learning from the beginning to the end of the school year, and beyond. I am very lucky to work in such an awesome school and community environment. This will be my third year teaching, and I am excited for the new challenges and adventures that will come my way!

Ms. Aubart - 3rd Grade Teacher

3rd Grade - Mrs. West

Hello, My name is Alyece West and this is my ninth year teaching third grade at Thorp Elementary. I am very fortunate to teach in such a wonderful district that has the same educational values and beliefs as myself . The students, staff, and parents have definitely worked very hard to make Thorp Elementary a positive and successful learning environment for everyone involved.

I am originally from Bloomer, WI and I now live in Chippewa Falls, WI with my husband and our two boys. My family is very important to me and I love spending any free time with them. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in December of 2008, with a BS in Elementary Education, and a focus in Language Arts. I am looking forward to continuing my education throughout my teaching career.

When I am not busy at school I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends, being out on the lake, and keeping up with what’s new in children’s literature. I have always loved school and learning about new and exciting things. I hope to share this love of knowledge with my students and mold each and every one of them into lifelong learners.

Mrs. West - 3rd Grade Teacher

3rd Grade - Ms. Lewan

My name is Larissa Lewan and this is my second year teaching. I taught 4K last year and I am teaching 3rd grade this year. I grew up in Thorp and graduated in 2008. I attended UW-Stout and graduated in 2013 with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Outside of school I enjoy spending time outdoors doing activities such as: camping, fishing, playing volleyball and softball. I also enjoy crafting, watching the Packers, Brewers, and Badgers and spending time with family and friends.

I’m excited to be a part of such an amazing school district and work with outstanding students and staff.

Ms. Lewan - 3rd Grade Teacher

4th Grade - Ms. Whooley

Hi! My name is Mary Whooley and I am a fourth grade teacher in the Thorp School District. I graduated from UW-River Falls with an Elementary Education degree and a minor in Library Science. I am beginning my 37th year of teaching. When I have free time I relax by making cards and scrapbooks, baking, playing piano, and watching baseball. I have certainly enjoyed working with the students and members of this community and look forward to another great year.

Ms. Whooley - 4th Grade Teacher

4th Grade - Mrs. Stewart

5th Grade - Mrs. Milliren

Hi! I am happy to be teaching in the Thorp School District. I am currently the Science Teacher for students in grades 5 and 6. It is one of the best jobs ever! I truly enjoy learning along with my students and make new discoveries. I also teach reading and feel honored to be able to share my passion for reading with my students.

I live between Thorp and Stanley with my husband, John and our two girls, Molly and Maya. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I have continued graduate work in many venues from several universities. My graduate work and continuing education has allowed me to learn new strategies, techniques, and information to help me meet the ever-changing demands of education and of my students. Teaching and learning go hand-in-hand and it is my desire to offer my best and to never stop learning. I have enjoyed living in the Thorp area and being a part of a caring community that supports education.

- Mrs. Milliren - 6th Grade Teacher

5th Grade - Mr. Zwiefelhofer

Hi, I am currently the 5th and 6th grade language arts teacher for Thorp Elementary School and also teach one section of 5th grade reading. This years marks my first year teaching in Thorp as well as my first year teaching overall. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse this past spring and am ecstatic to be involved in the Thorp School District. Under the guidance of many great leaders within one building I am sure to grow professionally as an educator and excited to motivate my students to grow as well.

I was born and raised in Bloomer, WI before traveling to La Crosse for my undergraduate. It is exciting to be back in the mid-western part of the state and near my family. In my free time I enjoy being outside and being active. I am a sports fanatic and love watching them equally as much as I love playing them. I cannot stress enough how lucky I feel to be a part of a community that cares about their education like Thorp does and am thrilled for the terrific year ahead of us.

Mr. Zwiefelhofer - 5th Grade Instructor

6th Grade - Mr. Geissler

Hello, My Name is Mr. Geissler and I teach 5th /6th Grade Social Studies and Reading. I'm always excited to work with the students.

Mr. Geissler - 6th Grade Teacher

6th Grade - Mrs. Kaminski

Hello! My name is Jennifer Kaminski and I teach fifth and sixth grade math and sixth grade reading. I have taught in the Thorp School District since graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in December of 2011. I have a degree in Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Education and a minor in Mathematics.

I am from Marshfield, WI and I currently live in Withee, WI with my husband, Mitch. I enjoy camping and going to Packer and Brewer games. I also like to garden or read a good book!

I love being a part of the Thorp School District and having the opportunity to work with the great students and staff that we have here.

Special Education - Ms. Gordon

Hi, my name is Alyssa Gordon and this will be my second year teaching Special Education at Thorp Elementary. I teach grades 3rd- 5th in a variety of different subjects such as, Math, Reading, and Social Skills. I grew up just down the road in Owen-Withee. From there I went on to college at the University of Wisconsin- Stout and graduated with a degree in Special Education- Cross Categorical, grades K-12. I really appreciate coming back to teach in a small community similar to the one I grew up in and am looking forward to the years to come. Being able to see my students grow and achieve things they never thought they could is so incredibly fulfilling, and it’s what drives me as an educator.

Ms. Gordon - Special Education Teacher

Special Education - Mrs. Zillmer

Hi, I am Erinn Zillmer. I am a Special Education teacher at Thorp Elementary. I work with students in Early Childhood-3rd grade. This is my second year in Thorp and my 5th year teaching. I grew up in Marshfield, WI and graduated college from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. I currently live in Eau Claire with my husband and two children. In my free time, I enjoy scrapbooking, running, camping, and spending time with my family. I look forward to another great year at Thorp Elementary!

Ms. Zillmer - Special Education Teacher

Special Education - Mrs. Penk

Hello! My name is Jill Penk. I have been teaching in Thorp since 2008. Prior to that, I have six years of teaching experience. I truly love teaching and enjoy seeing students grow. I currently live in the Lublin area with my husband and 3 children. They are two boys and a girl.

My hobbies include scrapbooking, card-making, reading, painting ceramics and spending time with my family. I also love to travel. Alaska and Walt Disney World have been my favorite places to visit. I can't wait to take my children there sometime.

I am a country girl. I grew up in a rural area between Abbotsford and Athens. I attended Abbotsford Public Schools and graduated in 1997. I went to further my education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I completed a comprehensive major in Special Education-Learning Disabilities and Elementary Education. I graduated in December of 2001. I have previously taught in the Abbotsford and Marion School Districts and at Thorp Catholic School. I currently teach special education at the elementary level for grades four through sixth. Every grade is very different and unique. I truly enjoy teaching and couldn't imagine having a different career.

Mrs. Penk - Special Education Teacher

Guidance Counselor - Mrs. Hammett

Hello, My name is Siobhan Hammett, and I am the Elementary/ Middle School Guidance Counselor. It has been my privilege to be a part of the District for the past twenty-three years. I have a 6-12th grade teaching license, and obtained my School Counseling certification in 1993. I provide classroom Guidance, as well as individual counseling. I also schedule the Middle School students' classes. Please let me know if there is anything that I can help with.

Ms. Hammett - Guidance Counselor

Title I - Mrs. Devine

Hi, my name is Rachel Devine. I have been teaching in Thorp since 2012. My first five years with the district I was a 5th/6th grade reading and language arts teacher. Currently, I am transitioning my role to Title 1 Reading Teacher. Reading is my favorite hobby and pastime. My goal is to have students enjoy reading as much as I do and become confident in their abilities. I currently live in Owen with my husband, Peter, and my little girl, Anna.

When I am not reading, some of my favorite activities to do is to play outside with my daughter, go for walks, and spend time with my extended family. This year I have a brother who is a senior at Owen-Withee, so my year will be filled with a lot of sporting events. My husband also loves baseball and he plays on a summer league, so we are very busy with sports even in the summer.

I grew up in the Owen-Withee area. I attended the Owen-Withee School District and graduated in 2007. After high school, I went on to pursue a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at UW-Eau Claire. I attended UW-Eau Claire for a year and then transitioned to UW-Superior, where there were more “small-town” opportunities for me. At UW-Superior I was a tutor in the writing center, a tutor for the Upward Bound program, and a tutor/assistant for a Geology class. I also was co-president of the Future Teachers Association. As you can see, I have always had a passion for helping others, especially students. Teaching isn’t just a job for me, it’s a passion.

Mrs. Devine - Reading Specialist

Title I - Mrs. Brunsvold

Speech-Language Pathologist - Mrs. Morello

Hi! I’m Jessica Morello, the speech-language pathologist for the Thorp School District. I’m not surprised if you’re not quite sure what that is. It’s basically big title that means I help students communicate.

I grew up in Stanley and I still live there with my husband, Kiel, and my daughter, Ari. We also have a lazy Basset Hound named Tosh and a geriatric Beagle, named Fox.

I graduated from UW-Eau Claire with my Bachelor’s Degree in 2006 and Master’s Degree in 2008, both in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I started out my career working for CESA #10 in 2008 and have been in the Thorp since 2011. I absolutely love working here and could not see myself anywhere else!

In my spare time, I enjoy crafting (quilting, crocheting, painting furniture) and organizing. I also love creating fun activities and therapy materials to use with my students.

You will see a sign up in my room that says, “Love What You Do.” It is very fitting, because I come to my dream job everyday.

Mrs. Morello - Speech-Language Pathologist