Reading / Language


Mr. Penk

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(, stopping by my room, or by calling(715-669-5548) the school and requesting extension 155.