Meet the Faculty

Elementary Staff

4K - Mrs. Lewan

4K - Mrs. Hauser

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!

Kindergarten - Mr. Neira

Kindergarten - Mrs. Quinnell

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. 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!

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. 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.

3rd Grade - Mrs. Aubart

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.

3rd Grade - Mrs. Kelly

4th Grade - Mrs. Whooley

4th Grade - Mrs. Stewart

5th 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.

6th Grade - Mr. Geissler

6th 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

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.

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!

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.

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.

Title I - Mrs. Devine

Title I - Mrs. Brunsvold

Speech-Language Pathologist