Meet the Faculty

AGRICULTURE SCIENCE

Mr. Christian

mchristian@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5401 ext. 2310

My name is Matthew Christian. I am a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. I grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin and found my passion for agriculture on our family dairy farm. I am an avid hunter and if I am not at school, you can find me in the woods. I am also a sports fanatic and can watch just about any sport and enjoy it. Stop in and talk to me about sports or agriculture anytime. I am always up for a good conversation!

Mr. Christian-Ag Science TeacherAg Teacher Matt Christian

BUSINESS

Mrs. Sherfield

rsherfield@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5401 ext. 2170

Hello my name is Mrs. Sherfield and I am a 2012 graduate of Concordia University with a bachelor degree in Business Administration. I have over 25 years of work experience in numerous management and leadership roles in the manufacturing industry so this is a new avenue for me. The challenge has been very rewarding and enjoyable, as I learn something new on a daily basis right along with the students.

My husband, Wade and I have two children. Our son Emmitt is attending the University of North Dakota and our daughter Cooper will be graduating from high school next year. As a hobby, I enjoy watching and supporting her in her year round sporting events.

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Mrs. Sherfield-Business Ed Instructor

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ENGLISH

Mrs. Kaiser

nkaiser@thorp.k12.wi.us

715.669.5401 ext. 2190

Hello! I'm Mrs. Kaiser, and I teach 10th, 11th and 12th grade English here at Thorp High School, and although I'm new to Thorp, this will be my ninth year in teaching. I've also taught various levels of High School Spanish throughout the years.

I'm originally from Central Wisconsin and graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 2009 with a majors in English and Spanish Education as well as minors in Writing and English as a Second Language.

My husband, Erick, teaches Math at the high school in Chippewa Falls and we enjoying getting outside and trying new restaurants in our free time!

Mrs. Kaiser-English Teacherphoto of Mrs. Kaiser


Mrs. Raether

traether@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5548 ext. 1570

I am super excited and honored to be a part of the Thorp Middle & High School Staff. I am proud to be a teacher of 24 years with the 2017-18 school year marking the beginning of my 19th year here at Thorp. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, Grades 1-8 with a minor in English, Grades 1-9. I earned my Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning from Saint Mary's University, Winona, Minnesota, in 2003 where my studies focused on writing.

I love the energy that 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students have, and I am committed to creating a comfortable classroom where students can grow and learn as a community of writers. I encourage all of my students to always "Dream Big" for themselves, and I work to build a classroom of respect and responsibility each day.In addition to our English 7, 8, and 9 classes, students also have the opportunity to participate in writing and speaking contests and the school spelling bee. They can also be a part of middle school forensics where we prepare our selections and compete during the winter months.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with the students and families who make up the Thorp community, and it is humbling to witness the dedication of our entire school staff to the education and lifelong learning of our kids.

I welcome students and parents to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year either through email or by phone. I am looking forward to the best year yet in my classroom!

Mrs. Raether-English teacher

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FAMILY AND CONSUMER

Mrs. Noah

hnoah@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5401 ext. 2340

Hi! My name is Holly Noah and I am the Family and Consumer Science teacher and Drama Director here at THS. I have a B.S. from UW-Stout. I have spent the last 15 years teaching 4-H members to be responsible citizens and the past 6 years in the Thorp School District as a Paraprofessional in the Pre-K and Special Ed. Departments.

My husband of 24 years, John, and I have three children; Brooke, a Senior at U of M Twin Cities, Amber, a Sophomore at UW Stevens Point and Kyle, a Junior at THS. Gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, reading and spending time with my family are my favorite “down time” activities.

I am truly excited to be teaching the importance of life skills to the awesome students of THS.

Mrs. Noah-Family & Consumer Ed

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Mrs. German

ogerman@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5401 ext. 2110

My name is Oriela German. I have been Spanish teacher and Club advisor in Thorp High school for 18 years. I teach grades 7th through 12th. I love my job because I like to make a difference in my students life. I have faith and believe that each student is capable to learn a foreign language. I have a lot of passion teaching the culture and language because I want my students to be exposed to a plurality of people of a world that is becoming a global village.

Mrs. German - Foreign Language Teacher

Mrs. German-Foreign Language Teacher

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Health

Mr. Rhyner

krhyner@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.3701 ext.1010

I am a 1988 Graduate of Thorp HS. I received my Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. My certifications include PreK-12 Physical Education, K-12 Health, PreK-Adult Adapted Physical Education, and Drivers Education. This is my 23rd year in education and 3rd year in the School District of Thorp. Currently I teach Physical Education grades K-5, Health grades 7 & 9, and Drivers Education. I am also the Head Softball Coach and Youth Softball Coordinator. I enjoy being involved in district and community activities. I also enjoy the outdoors whenever possible.

Mr. Rhyner-Health Teacherstudio photo of Mr. Rhyner

MATH

Mr. Davidson

jdavidson@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5401 ext. 2100

My name is Jarrett Davidson, and I'm a new teacher at Thorp High School. This is my first year teaching, as I have recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. I am currently teaching Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry B, and Technical Math. I have a 3-year-old son named Max and another child on the way! I enjoy watching the Detroit Red Wings and of course the Green Bay Packers!

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Mr. Wenta

mwenta@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5401 ext. 2210

"I have been teaching 19 years and this will be my 9th year in Thorp. I teach Geometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics and Physics. I also coach Mock Trial and Mathletes.

I have been married for 23 years to my wife Michelle."

Mr. Wenta

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Mr. Wenta-Math Teacher

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MUSIC

Mrs. Anderson

danderson@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5548 ext. 1030

Hello! I am Mrs. Anderson, and I teach Band in grades six through twelfth here in the Thorp School District. I also teach a high school piano keyboarding class as well as general music in the middle school. This will be my 25th year of teaching music, with four of those years in Prentice.

I'm originally from Central Wisconsin and graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a Music Education degree. I also received my Master's Degree from Saint Mary's University in 2003.

My husband, Vern, works in Medford and also does some coaching here in the district. I have two sons, Matthew and Kyle. I enjoy the outdoors and being with my family.

Mrs. Anderson-Band Teacher

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Mrs. Corcoran

jcorcoran@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5548 ext. 1040

My name is Jennifer Corcoran and I am the K-12 vocal and general music teacher here in Thorp. I teach K-5 general music, 6th grade choir, middle school choir, and high school choir. I graduated from Sonoma State University in California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and earned my Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Minnesota.

When I am not in school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, Sophie and Keira.

I love working with the students here in Thorp and am grateful to be able to do what I love as a career!

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Mr. Rhyner

krhyner@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5401 ext. 1010

I am a 1988 Graduate of Thorp HS. I received my Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. My certifications include PreK-12 Physical Education, K-12 Health, PreK-Adult Adapted Physical Education, and Drivers Education. This is my 23rd year in education and 3rd year in the School District of Thorp. Currently I teach Physical Education grades K-5, Health grades 7 & 9, and Drivers Education. I am also the Head Softball Coach and Youth Softball Coordinator. I enjoy being involved in district and community activities. I also enjoy the outdoors whenever possible.

Mr. Rhyner-Phy Ed Teacher

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Ms. Weiske

pweiske@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.3701

Hello all! My name is Paige Weiske and I am the new Physical Education teacher for Grades 6-12 here in Thorp! I graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Bethel University in Physical and Health Education in 2016. I enjoy playing many sports (especially softball) and staying busy by hunting, reading and many other things. I am rarely ever bored! While teaching this year in Thorp, I will also be coaching 7th grade volleyball and basketball, as well as high school JV softball in the spring. I am so excited to continue to build relationships and build a home here in this wonderful community.

Ms. Weiske-Physical Educationstudio photo of Ms. Weiske

SCIENCE

Mrs. Rhyner

trhyner@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5401 ext. 2200

Hello my name is Tricia Rhyner, a middle school and high school teacher here in cardinal country. I am blessed to be part of this district with my husband Kurt (also a teacher here in cardinal country) and two beautiful children.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle and Secondary Level Education, majoring in biology and minoring in natural science. I also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at that time.

I have taught 17 years; 14 years in the School District of Loyal and 3 years here in the Thorp School District. I am an inquiry based teacher, so be prepared to do some thinking in my classes.☺ I currently teach 8th grade Science, Biology, Advanced Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Medical Terminology a CVTC transcripted course.

For the past 3 years, I have been involved in Thorp Softball and the Thorp Ball Club as a support person for fundraising. Also, I am the National Honor Society Advisor for Thorp.

When I am not a school, I am supporting the activities of my children and their peers, which puts me back at school.☺ Volleyball, Basketball, Track, Softball, Football, School Play, Mock Trial, Mathletes, Forensics, Quiz Bowl, and Solo and Ensemble are a few of the activities that keep me and my family busy.

I am looking forward to the new school year; working and meeting with students, parents, and staff.

Go! Go! Cardinals!

Mrs. Rhyner-Science teacher

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Mrs. Steinbach

tsteinbach@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5401 ext. 2220

Hello! My name is Teri Steinbach. I would like to take this opportunity to share a little bit about myself and my role at the School District of Thorp. To start, I am proud to share that I grew up on a hog farm about a half hour North of Green Bay. So I am very familiar with and appreciate the great rural life that we have here in Thorp. Following high school, I went on to complete my undergraduate degree at UW-Madison and later my graduate degree at St. Norbert College. I am blessed with a family of my own now that includes my husband, Craig, daughter, Aubrey, and son, Dax. Regarding my role, I have had the privilege of being a science teacher at Thorp High School since 2002 and teaching great students each school year. The classes I teach at Thorp include: Advanced Chemistry/CVTC General Chemistry 134, Chemistry, Limnology, Oceanography, Physical Science I, Physical Science II, and Physical Science III.

Mrs. Steinbach-Science Teacher

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SOCIAL STUDIES

Mrs. Ogle

logle@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5401 ext. 2120

I graduated from the Gilman High School and earned an associate degree from CVTC in the paralegal program. I spent 8 years in various banking positions from teller, accounting, to loan secretary. Later I went back to college obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education grades 6-12 in Broadfield Social Studies with a minor in history in 2000. I received my Master's Degree in Education from UW LaCrosse in 2004. I have been a teacher with the Thorp School District for 17 years. I teach grades 10 - 12. Courses taught are World History American Government, Consumer Economics, Psychology, Current American Issues, and Consumer Economics Online. I am a junior class advisor and I enjoy gardening, reading, camping, and watching sports.

Mrs. Ogle-Social Studies Teacher

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Mr. Saniter

bsaniter@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5548 ext. 1580

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. I am Brock Saniter and this is my first year teaching 7th grade U.S History, 8th grade Civics and 9th grade U.S. History. I recently graduated from UW Oshkosh with a degree in Secondary Education Broad Field Social Science and a minor in History. I grew up in Watertown Wisconsin with my parents and one sister. I am an avid outdoorsman and love spending time hunting and fishing. I am extremely excited to educate children is this community and we will have significant opportunities to achieve success in becoming 21st century learners. Be prepared to have a fun filled year and if you have any questions feel free to contact me at an any time.

Mr. Saniter-U.S. History Teacher

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SPECIAL EDUCATION

Ms. Trowbridge

mtrowbridge@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.3701 ext. 2150

I graduated from Fall Creek High School and attended college at Western Illinois University where I obtained an undergraduate degree in special education. I was a special education teacher in the Chippewa Falls School District for 16 years. I received my masters degree from U-W Superior in Educational Leadership and currently work for CESA 10. I live in Chippewa Falls with my husband, Chad, four children and two Golden Retrievers.

Mrs. Zwiefelhofer

szwiefelhofer@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5401 ext. 2350

Hello, I am Sara Zwiefelhofer and I am a Middle/High school Special Education Teacher. I graduated from UW-Stout in 2003 and have a Bachelors of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation as well as being certified to teach students with Emotional Behavioral Disabilities and Intellectual Disabilities. I am currently in the process of getting my Learning Disabilities Certification as well. My main focus in my classroom is to get students ready for life after high school. Besides working on academic skills I also teach life skills, social skills and transition skills. I want every one of my students to be responsible, accountable and prepared to be successful in whatever path they chose to take after high school whether it is a career or post-secondary schooling.

When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and kids at our home in Chippewa Falls. My 2 sons join me for the commute here daily and enjoy being part of a small school district. We are very active in sports and outdoor activities, including soccer, baseball, curling and fishing. We like spending time in the summer exploring the parks in the area and camping.

I look forward to working with all of the great students that are here in Thorp for many years to come!!

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Mrs. LaCanne-Paraprofessional

placanne@thorp.k12.wi.us

Hello, my name is Pam LaCanne,

I have been with the Thorp School since 2010. My family and I moved to Thorp in 2009 from Minnesota. Yes, Viking fans we are! I’m a Special Ed paraprofessional in the High School. I enjoy the challenges our job has for us. It always keeps your mind thinking. In Minnesota, I worked with adults with disabilities with MSOCS for 23 years. I went to MSU for 1 year and tech college for 6 months in the Human Service program. We have a 200 acre farm south of Thorp. When we moved here we knew no one. However, I still remember coming to Thorp School to get our kids enrolled in summer school. The staff here were kind and helpful and yes, they are still working here. I have 3 students enrolled here, Emmanuel, a senior, McKenna, a junior and Alexis, an 8th Grader. I enjoy helping all students.

Mrs. LaCanne-Special Ed Para

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Mrs. Kotecki-Paraprofessional

dkotecki@thorp.k12.wi.us

Hello, my name is Donna Kotecki. I am a paraprofessional in the Special Education department. I have held this position since 2003. I love what I do. That’s because I love kids and helping them learn. I also love sharing with them the value of what they are learning, making it a positive experience for them. I currently work in the High School/Middle School. Over the years I have worked with every grade level, truly enjoying them all.

I am also a member of the Thorp community, having farmed for 30+ years alongside my husband on the family farm established in 1893. I have three married adult children and 9 grandchildren. I enjoy having “Grandma Camp” each summer. I love being outdoors watching nature around me as I walk each day. I enjoy cooking and baking everything from scratch. My bible study group is a favorite time I meet with others. I also quilt when time allows.

Mrs. Kotecki-Special Ed Para

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Special Needs Scholarship Program

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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

Mr. Goettl

sgoettl@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5401 ext. 2250

Hi my name is Sam Goettl. I am a 2002 Stanley-Boyd High School graduate and a 2006 University of Wisconsin Stout graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Technology Education. I got my first teaching job right here in Thorp and this is where I have been teaching for the past eleven years. I teach a variety of technical courses from metal working, auto body, basic automotive maintenance, construction, engineering, and some introductory courses. We have a great selection of courses that can make for a well-rounded individual.

When I am not teaching I enjoy hanging out with my wife and four boys. I also enjoy hunting with my family, being out in the woods, and working on my hobby farm where we raise a few beef cattle.

Mr. Goettl-Technology Education Instructor

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Mr. Johnson

AJohnson@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5401 ext. 2130

Welcome to our school district website! My name is Adam Johnson. I teach the woodworking, introductory courses and computer programming side of the Technology Education Department. I am also the Technology Coordinator for our district Pre-K through 12th grades. In my spare time I like to go fishing, hunting, riding four-wheeler and snowmobiling.

Mr. Johnson-Tech Ed instructor & coordinator

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VISUAL ARTS

Mrs. Albrecht

aalbrecht@thorp.k12.wi.us

715.669.5401 ext. 2330

I am Amanda Albrecht, the Middle School and High School Visual Art Teacher. I have been in the field of education for almost 20 years. I began by substitute teaching and teaching private art classes in my studio and for community education. Since then I have been teaching in the School District of Thorp for the past eight years, while still teaching private art classes in my studio and various venues across Wisconsin. Other then my love for teaching and practicing art, I enjoy any time I get with my family.

Mrs. Albrecht-Visual Arts instructor

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PSYCHOLOGIST

Mrs. Williams

MWilliams@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5401 ext. 2140

Hello I am Marcie Williams, the School Psychologist in School District of Thorp. I graduated with my Educational Specialist degree from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls in 2015. I currently work for CESA 10 and have been placed in Thorp since my internship year. I am incredibly fortunate to be a part of such a supportive school district. Go Cardinals!

Marcie Williams - School Psychologist

GUIDANCE

Mrs. Hein

chein@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5401 ext. 2230

Welcome, I am the 9-12 School Counselor here at Thorp High School. I graduated from Thorp High School in 1993 and then attended UW-Parkside where I earned my bachelors in Sociology and Economics. I then earned my Master's Degree in School and Community Counseling from Marquette University in 2004.

Mrs. Hein-HS Guidance Counselor

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LIBRARY

Mrs. Dombrowski-Library Media Specialist

cdombrowski@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5548 ext. 1350

Hello, my name is Cindy Dombrowski and I do Title 1- Math and Library. I have a degree in Elementary/ Middle Education with Minors in Social Studies and Library Science.

I live in Medford with my husband and two dogs. I have two grown children, Damian and Chitra. In my spare time, I like to read, do crafts and spend time outdoors riding our motorcycle or landscaping.

I enjoy introducing children to new adventures through reading.

Mrs. Dombrowski-Library Media Specialist


Mrs. Pszeniczny-High School Library Aide

kpszeniczny@thorp.k12.wi.us

715.669.5401 ext. 2380

Hello, my name is Karen Pszeniczny I am the Media Specialist/Aide in the High School Library. I am also the Student Council Advisor. I have been employed with the District since 2003. I am privileged to be part of empowering students and guiding them for their future endeavors and truly enjoy being a part of their everyday lives.