THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Coleman Welcomes New Staff Members
Issue Date: September 27, 2018
New staff members of the Coleman School district for the 2018-2019 school year include several who have come back to teach or serve as as classroom aides in the school they graduated from. They were welcomed at a Coleman School Board "Meet and Greet" at the start of the board meeting on Monday, Sept. 17.
Dawn Otto, K-2 Special Education teacher said she is excited to join the amazing team at Coleman. She has a B.S. degree in Education from UW-Green Bay and an Early Childhood Special Education degree from St. Mary's University in Minnesota. In addition, she is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Education at St. Mary's University of Minnesota. In her free time she enjoys spending time at the lake with her husband, Gus, and three children, Kain, Devin and Gwen.
Reading Center Aide Victoria Loos has a bachelor degree in biology from UW-Green Bay and is a Coleman High School graduate. Previously she worked for the USDA as a conservationist. She and her husband, Robert have four children ages 6 to 11. They reside on the Peshtigo River and enjoy kayaking as a family.
Reading Center Aide Laurie Hucek is originally from Door County but has since sailed across the bay to the Crivitz area with her husband to raise their five children. She is also a grandmother, which in her words is "super fun." Previously she worked as a substitute aide in the Coleman and Crivitz School Districts. She is more than excited to get the school year going and is very glad to be here in Coleman.
Amberly Behringer, the new 5th grade teacher, is a newcomer to the teaching field but far from a newcomer to the District. She grew up near Coleman and has several family members that attended Coleman Schools. She graduated from Crivitz High School and earned a teaching degree from UW-Superior. She and her husband, Max, live in the Coleman School District and she is excited to be able to remain in the community she knows and loves. Behringer said she is grateful to start off her career in education in such a wonderful district.
High School Special Education Teacher Austin Schwenke, who graduated from UW-Stevens Point with her teaching degree, is in her sixth year of teaching. She previously taught middle school special education at Marinette. She and her husband, Pete, live in the district and are the proud parents of a daughter. She is thrilled to be teaching closer to home and join the Coleman Cougar team.
Second Grade Classroom Aide Amy Ruechel, her husband, Steve, and daughter moved from Florida to Wisconsin to be closer to their families. They bought and moved into the home her husband grew up in. She grew up in Minnesota and loves the four seasons. She earned her degree from Crown College and previously worked as a special education aide at Spring Creek Elementary in Bonita Springs, Fla. She said she loves coming alongside people and watching them grow into their full potential, knowing they are growing together.
Third Grade Classroom Aide Kasandra Kostreva is a Coleman graduate and was previously employed by the district as an aide. She and her husband, Jason, as well as their two sons and daughter, live in the district. Her favorite things are horses, reading, and watching movies with her kids. Besides working at the school, she manages a horse boarding stable, gives riding lessons and performs equine massage.