Meet the Faculty

Health

Mr. Rhyner

krhyner@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5501 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/Phy Ed Teacher

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MATH

Mrs. Schneider

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

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year.

This Year…I will be teaching Math 7, Math 8, and Science 7. I will be an 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 - Planning
2nd hour - Science 7
3rd hour - Science 7
4th hour - Mathematics 8
5th hour - Mathematics 8
6th hour - Mathematics 7
7th hour - Mathematics 7
8th hour - Study Hall
9th hour - Cardinal Power Hour

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, Remind, or phone. The best time to reach me during school hours is 8:00 A.M. - 8:34 A.M.

Remind App Classes...Math 7 (@math7ss), Math 8 (@math8ss), and Science 7 (@science7ss)

Thank you,
Mrs. Schneider


Mrs. Schneider-Math Teacher
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MUSIC

Mrs. Anderson-Band

danderson@thorp.k12.wi.us

715.669.5548 ext. 1030

Hello! I am Mrs. Anderson. I teach Band to students in grades six through twelfth here in the Thorp School District. I also teach a high school piano keyboarding class.

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and my masters degree from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

I'm excited to be here and teach the students in Thorp. I love to be able to work with the young minds and to see how the common interest of music can come together and a produce wonderful outcome. I have the privilege to help students in music grow from beginning band through graduation and I can't wait to see what this year brings as well.

Mrs. Anderson-Band Teacher
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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 our daughters.

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-Chorus Teacher
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Physical Education

Mrs. Summers

gsummers@thorp.k12.wi.us
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-Phy Ed Teacher
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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.

Mr. Penk-Reading/Language Teacher
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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 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-Reading/Language
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SCIENCE

Mrs. Schneider

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

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year.

This Year…I will be teaching Math 7, Math 8, and Science 7. I will be an 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 - Planning
2nd hour - Science 7
3rd hour - Science 7
4th hour - Mathematics 8
5th hour - Mathematics 8
6th hour - Mathematics 7
7th hour - Mathematics 7
8th hour - Study Hall
9th hour - Cardinal Power Hour

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, Remind, or phone. The best time to reach me during school hours is 8:00 A.M. - 8:34 A.M.

Remind App Classes...Math 7 (@math7ss), Math 8 (@math8ss), and Science 7 (@science7ss)

Thank you,
Mrs. Schneider


Mrs. Schneider-Science Teacher
staff photo of 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
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SOCIAL STUDIES

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Mrs. Hollister-MS Cross-categorical Special Ed Teacher


jhollister@thorp.k12.wi.us

715.669.5401 ext. 1510

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. I am excited to be back as the special education teacher in the middle 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 Cross-categorical Special Education Teacher

Mrs. Hollister-MS/HS Co-Teacher
staff photo of Mrs. Hollister


Mrs. Trowbridge-Special Education Director


mtrowbridge@thorp.k12.wi.us
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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VISUAL ARTS

Mrs. Sivertson

ssivertson@thorp.k12.wi.us

715.669.5401 ext. 2330

I am Suzanne Sivertson and I am the middle and high school visual arts teacher. I graduated from UW-Stout, and began my career teaching secondary art in Lodi, Wisconsin. My family spent six years in Minnesota where I taught K-12 art, and we're happy to be back in Wisconsin!

In addition to watching Wisconsin sports, I enjoy drawing, cooking, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. My husband, two children and I are excited to be part of the Thorp community! I look forward to a great year in a great district!

GUIDANCE

Ms. Hammett-Guidance Counselor

shammett@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5548 ext. 1370

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-five 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 Middle School classes; please let me know if I can assist you in any way.


Ms. Hammett - Guidance Counselor
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PSYCHOLOGIST

Mrs. Demske-School Psychologist

ndemske@thorp.k12.wi.us
715.669.5501 ext. 1380

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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LIBRARY

Mrs. Beloungy-Librarian

jbeloungy@thorp.k12.wi.us
715-669-5548 ext. 1350

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. Thidemann-Library Assistant

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

Hi! My name is Barb Thidemann and I work in the Elementary/Middle School Library as the library assistant. I am also one of the District's website content managers and the facilitator for our Makerspace program. I started working in the Thorp elementary library in 2015. I have a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management from UW-Stevens Point.

I really enjoy working with the amazing children in our school district and sharing my enthusiasm for reading with the students. My favorite challenge is to get a reluctant reader excited about books. I love books and I love kids so this is the perfect place for me!

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children. My favorite activities are camping, hiking, kayaking/canoeing, fishing, photography, writing stories, and reading.

Mrs. Thidemann-Library Assistant
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