Meet the Faculty


Mr. Schraufnagel
715.669.5401 ext. 2310

I graduated from UW-River Falls in 1998 and have been teaching agriculture science education ever since. Besides advising the FFA, I also advise the FCA.

Please stop down and take a look at the amazing greenhouses or our 75 foot long high-tunnel used to produce vegetables for the school lunch.

Mr. Schraufnagel-Ag Science Teacher
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Mrs. Sherfield
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. I have been teaching in Thorp since 2016 and find this new avenue to be very rewarding and challenging.

My husband, Wade and I have two children. Our son Emmit is attending the University of North Dakota and our daughter Cooper is at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. I enjoy social events and traveling in my spare time.

Mrs. Sherfield – Business Education Instructor / FBLA Advisor / Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator

Mrs. Sherfield-Business Ed Instructor
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Ms. Sexton
715.669.5401 ext. 2190

Hello! I'm Ms. Sexton, and I am absolutely ecstatic to be starting my first teaching position here in Thorp as the 10th-12th grade English teacher. I have a Bachelor of Arts from UW Eau Claire with an English Education major and a Theatre Education minor. Throughout my college experience, I fell in love with the K-12 atmosphere and I’m so looking forward to meeting everyone, building connections, and, most importantly, community.

My hometown is “Up Nort” in Rhinelander, WI, so being outside is one of my favorite past times. Be it hiking, canoeing, hunting, or fishing, I’m happy to be surrounded by nature. I’m eager to get to know Thorp and find all of the jewels this community has to offer.

I’m most excited about meeting my students and growing as learners together throughout the year. I love it when students incorporate their interests into content we’re working with because I always strive for my classroom to be a place where students are able to express themselves and grow as individuals, as well as a group. I can’t wait to see what these vibrant students bring to the table!

Ms. Kiah Sexton-English Teacher
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Mrs. Raether
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 25 years with the 2018-19 school year marking the beginning of my 20th 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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Mrs. Noah
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. Prior to my current position I spent 15 years teaching 4-H members to be responsible citizens and 6 years in the Thorp School District as a Paraprofessional in the Pre-K and Special Ed. Departments.

My husband, John, and I have three children; Brooke, Amber and Kyle. 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 Teacher
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Mrs. German
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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Mr. Rhyner
715.669.5401 ext.2180

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 Teacher
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Mrs. Ciolkosz
715.669.5401 ext. 2210

Hello! I have been teaching since 2004 either in my own room or substituting. I am so excited to be a part of Thorp Schools. I am teaching Physics, Pre-Calculus, Math for Technical Trades (a Transcripted Credit course from CVTC), and Algebra II.

I have an amazing husband and five children that keep me very busy when I am not at school. We have a hobby farm to work with year round and milk trucks to keep on the road. I am also working on my Master's Degree, which will be finished in the Spring 2019.

I am very excited to be a Thorp Cardinal and can't wait to see what the years will bring!

Mrs.Ciolkosz-Math Teacher
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Mr. Rindal
715.669.5401 ext.2100

Hello, my name is Grant Rindal. I am very excited for the opportunity to teach at Thorp. This will be my first year at Thorp. I will be teaching multiple high school math courses. I graduated from the College of St. Scholastica with a degree in secondary math education. I grew up in Superior, WI and have a strong passion for sports and the outdoors. I am very excited to be part of the Cardinal Community.

Mr. Rindal-Math Teacher
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Mrs. Anderson
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
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!

Mrs. Corcoran-Choral Director
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Mrs. Summers
715.669.5401 ext. 1110

Hello, I am Greta Summers, the new middle school and high school Physical Education teacher! I graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in 2016 with my degree in Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education. This year I look forward to helping your children become better critical thinkers and expand their knowledge and appreciation for overall health and wellness.

My wife and I live in Eau Claire with our "baby" Reese (our dog)!

So grateful to be a part of the Thorp School District! Go Cardinals!

Mrs.Summers-Physical Education Teacher
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Mrs. Rhyner
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
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 806-134, Biochemistry/CVTC Introduction to Biochemistry 806-186, Chemistry, Limnology, Oceanography, Physical Science I, Physical Science II, and Physical Science III.

Mrs. Steinbach-Science Teacher
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Mrs. Ogle
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 teach grades 10 - 12. Courses taught are World History, American Government, Criminal Justice Psychology, and Current American Issues. I am the senior class advisor and I enjoy gardening, reading, camping, and watching sports.

Mrs. Ogle-Social Studies Teacher
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Mr. Saniter
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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Mrs. Wiegel-Special Education Teacher
715.669.5401 ext.2350

Hi, my name is Jackie Wiegel and I am excited to be a Special Education teacher at Thorp High School. I received my certification to teach special education in the fall of 2006 from UW-Eau Claire. Over the years, I have taught all ages levels. I live in Eau Claire with my husband and 4 children (2 daughters and 2 sons). We also have a wonderful dog named Bernie. In my spare time, I enjoy theatre, movies, reading, and baking. I look forward to a wonderful school year and am proud to be a part of the School District of Thorp. Go Cardinals!

Mrs. Wiegel, HS Special Education Teacher
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Ms. Trowbridge-Special Education Director
715.669.5401 ext. 1050

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. Trowbridge-Special Education Director/Student Services
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Mrs. Hollister-MS/HS Co-Teacher

715.669.5401 ext. 2150

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. Currently, I am excited to be co-teaching in the middle school and high school.

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 another outstanding school year!

Mrs. Hollister-MS/HS Co-Teacher
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Mrs. LaCanne-Paraprofessional

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 Paraprofessional
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Mrs. Kotecki-Paraprofessional

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 Paraprofessional
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Mr. Goettl
715.669.5401 ext. 2270

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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Mrs. Albrecht

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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Mrs. Demske
715.669.5401 ext. 2140

Hello! My name is Nicole Demske and I am the school psychologist for the School District of Thorp.

I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 2005 from UW-Stevens Point. I then attended UW-Eau Claire and obtained a Master's Degree in Education in 2006 and a Specialist in Education Degree in School Psychology in 2008.

My career began in the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District. I took a few years off to raise my children and then returned to work on a part-time basis working for CESA 10 at the School District of Gilman. I am very excited to devote more time back to my career; and I couldn't be happier to be part of such an amazing team in Thorp!

I am very involved with my children and their activities. I love sports and enjoy spending time with my family at the lake! I live in Stanley with my husband and two children.

Mrs. Demske-School Psychologist
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Mrs. Hein-Guidance Counselor
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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Mrs. Beloungy-Librarian

715.669.5401 ext. 2380

Hello! My name is Julie Beloungy and I am excited to be the new Library Media Specialist at the Thorp Elementary and High School Libraries.
I grew up in Kaukauna, Wisconsin and graduated UW Madison with a Bachelors of Science degree in Landscape Architecture in 2002. I have been the Library Director at the Thorp Public Library for the past 11 years. I love helping people find the information and materials they need and it is so rewarding to help a child find a book that gets them excited and wanting more. I am currently enrolled at UW Milwaukee to earn my Library Media Specialist Certification and look forward to working with the students and staff at Thorp!

I live in Thorp with my husband, Ryan, and two daughters, Katelyn and Tarynn, who both attend Thorp Elementary. I love to spend time with my family, run, and travel anywhere that has water and hiking trails.

Please stop in either library to see the wonderful spaces, staff, and resources that we are proud to offer the students.

Mrs. Beloungy-Librarian
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Mrs. Pszeniczny-High School Library Assistant

715.669.5401 ext. 2380

Hello, my name is Karen Pszeniczny I am the Media Specialist/Assistant 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.