Meet the Faculty

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.

MUSIC

Mrs. Anderson-Band

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. Corcoran-Chorus

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!

READING/LANGUAGE

Mr. Penk

jopenk@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5548 ext. 1550

I grew up on a dairy farm in the Lublin area, which is just north of Thorp about 10 miles. I graduated from Gilman Public Schools in 1996. After high school I went to college and earned an elementary middle teaching degree from Mount Senario College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary-Middle Education with a minor in Social Studies. In 2004, I received my Pre-K-12 Reading License. During the summer of 2006, I completed my Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the area of profession development.

I was hired by the Thorp School District in 2002 and have enjoyed teaching Title I, 1st grade, 6th grade reading, and currently 7th and 8th grade reading, 7th GradeLanguage, 7th Grade Advisor, and Middle School Track Coach.

My wife (also known as Mrs. Penk who works in the elementary), 3 children, and I enjoy living in the Thorp area. I enjoy spending time with my children, hunting, collecting coins, and working in my yard. You can reach me anytime through email(jopenk@thorp.k12.wi.us), stopping by my room, or by calling(715-669-5548) the school and requesting extension 1550.

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-Reading/Language

SCIENCE

Mrs. Schneider

sschneider@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5548 ext. 1540

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. This Year…

I will be teaching Math 7, Math 8, and Science 7. This year I will be a 7th grade advisor. In the Spring, I coach Quiz Bowl, which is a quiz game that tests players on a wide variety of academic subjects. I hope to see you apart of the team.

My Daily Schedule...
1st hour - Mathematics 8
2nd hour - Mathematics 8
3rd hour - Mathematics 7
4th hour - Mathematics 7
6th hour - Science 7
7th hour - Science 7
8th hour - Preparatory
9th hour - Study Hall

As Your Child’s Teacher…I am very excited for the opportunity to have them as my student to broaden their knowledge in math and science. I look forward to an awesome year of learning! My goal this year is to help build their self esteem to give them confidence in who they are to eventually go out and take on the world!
My Qualification...Early Adolescence Through Middle Grades 1 - 8 with a minor in Science and Business Administration.
Contact Me…If you have any further questions or concerns throughout the school year, please contact me by email or phone. The best time to reach me during school hours is 8th hour, 1:43 P.M. - 2:26 P.M.

Thank you,
Mrs. Schneider

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

Mrs. Rhyner standing with her arm around a plastic model showing internal organs

SOCIAL STUDIES

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.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Mrs. Hollister

jhollister@thorp.k12.wi.us

715.669.5548 ext. 1560

7-8 Cross-categorical Special Education Teacher

Welcome to my webpage! I am excited to start my 19th year at the School District of Thorp where I am middle school special education teacher. As a life-long resident of Thorp, it is truly an honor to work with the young people of our community.

I attended UW-Eau Claire where I obtained my undergraduate and graduate degrees. ln addition to my special education certification for students with specific learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities across all grade levels, I also possess certification to teach in the general education environment at the elementary level.

While teaching is my passion and foremost responsibility, I am also the Thorp Middle School Student Council advisor, The opportunity to assist in the development of young leaders is an exciting privilege!

I am looking forward to an outstanding school year!