The Hudson School District will add 30-plus new staff members and teachers to its roster for the 2018-19 school year. To help you identify the new faces out and about in the community, the following are brief profiles of each new staff member who submitted their information.
Position: Ninth grade physical science, HHS
Education: BS, UW-Madison biology-neuroscience; B.S., UW-Stout, science education
Previous experience: New Richmond High School (three years), Menomonie High School (2 years)
Family: Wife, Lindsey; children, Camden (4) Beckett (2)
Hobbies/interests: Athletics, outdoor recreation, and a good book
Position: Sixth grade Science and Language Arts, HMS
Education: St. Cloud State, Bachelor of Science; St. Mary's University, Masters Teaching & Learning
Previous experience: Hastings Middle School, Hastings, Minnesota, six years; Hastings Elementary School, six years; Big Lake, Minn., three years
Family: Husband, Eugene Hofbauer; children: Nora (7), Cullen (4)
Position: Sixth grade Language Arts, HMS
Education: UW-River Falls, BS in elementary education, reading teacher certification
Previous experience: Most recent experience, five years at New Richmond Middle School; 11 years teaching experience.
Family: Husband, Bryant; children: Rayna (13), Lila (1), Ella (6)
Hometown): Rice Lake
Hobbies/interests: I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors, reading and gardening
Position: Special education teacher, HHS
Education: Undergrad, UW-Stevens Point, Bachelor's of Science Degree in History (2012). Current, working on my Master's Degree in Education through Saint Mary's University
Previous experience: Special Education Department, Medford Area Public School District, five years. I also coached three sports: Freshman football / varsity assistant, varsity boys assistant basketball coach, and seventh grade girls' softball coach.
Hobbies/ interests: Coaching athletics, huge Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers fan, hanging out with friends and family.
Position: K-5 special education teacher at RiverCrest Elementary
Education: Double major in Special Education & MCEA ( Middle Childhood - Early Adolescent)
Previous experience:This is my first position!
Family: Kevin Eberhard. husband
Hobbies/interests: Traveling, learning German (my husband is from Austria!), I just started training for a half marathon!
Position: Occupational therapist, Middle, High, North Hudson Elementary
Education: BA in English, UW-Madison; MS occupational therapy, UW-MIlwaukee
Previous experience: First as OT
Hometown: Plymouth, Wis.
Position: 11th, 12th EBD
Education : UW-Oshkosh, English Education, Creative Writing Minor, Cross Categorical - EBD Focus license program
Previous experience: Three years English education, Lincoln Hills School, Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Hobbies/interests Reading, video games, traveling, continued education, exercise
Position: 10-12 Social Studies (Holocaust), HHS
Education: UW-Stevens Point, History & Broadfield Social Science
Previous experience: Medford High School, one year
Hobbies/ interests: Hockey, power skating coach, rock climbing, training for marathon, golf, scuba diving
Position: Fourth grade, E.P. Rock
Education: UWRF, Bachelor of Science - Geography, Psychology; Masters - College of St. Scholastica - Masters in education
Previous experience: Six years at Achieve Language Academy in St. Paul, fifth grade.
Family: Husband, Josh Cooan; children: Grace (4), Turner (3)
Hobbies/interests: Running, reading, spending time with friends and family
Position: Third grade teacher at Willow River Elementary
Education: Masters in curriculum and instruction from St. Catherine University
Previous experience: New Richmond School District, five years; St. Paul City School, four years
Family: Husband, Chad Weiland; children: Ellery (6), Gemma (4), Brekk (7 months old)
Hometown: Elk River, Minnesota
Hobbies/interests Boating on the St.Croix, going for walks, being outside
Position: Kindergarten, River Crest Elementary
Education : UW-Platteville, BA-elementary education & early childhood
Previous teaching experience: Sun Prairie Area School District, six years
Family: Spourse, Arash Ghodsian; children: Parmida (7), Nima (4)
Hometown: Menasha, Wis.
Hobbies/ interests: Reading, exercising, cooking
Position: Hudson Middle School, 6-8, reading specialist / interventionist
Education: BS Psychology - UW-Stevens Point, MS Elementary Education - UW River Falls, Reading 316 Saint Mary's University, in progress reading 317 - UW-Stout
Previous teaching experience: 18 years at Ellsworth Community Schools
Family: Spouse: Wade Kowalchyk; children: Kennedy (23), Christina (19), Hannah (18), Hailey (14)
Hometown: Hager City
Hobbies/interests: Music, reading, gardening, and spending time with family.
Position: Speech-language pathologist, HMS
Education: UW-River Falls, Master of Science in communicative sciences and disorders
Previous experience: Chisago Lakes, Minnesota, two years.
Family: Husband, Jeff Conrad; children: Trevor (14), Preston (13), Dylan (11)
Hometown: Wayzata, Minn.
Hobbies/ interests: Reading, puzzles
Position: Speech-language Pathologist, HHS
Education: UW-Madison, Masters degree in Communicative Disorders
Previous experience: Chisago Public Schools (four years), Phoenix, Ariz. (Cartwright School District, three years)
Family: Spouse: Jon Susa; children: Maya (15), Mel (12), Mark (10), Mason (4)
Hometown: Hartford, Wis.
Position: Sixth grade science, HMS
Education: BA., Concordia University, St.Paul; MS, Michigan Tech University; teaching certification, UWRF
Previous experience: Zumbrota - Mazeppa High School, seven years; Ellsworth High School, six years
Family: Wife, Melissa Kowalchyk; children: Kennedy (23), Christina (19), Hannah (18), Hailey (14)
Hobbies/interests: Gardening, fishing, winemaking, spending time with family
Position: Sixth grade science, HMS
Education: University of Texas, Bachelor of Science in applied learning and development - minor in biology, national board certified; teacher in Early Adolescence Science.
Previous teaching experience: Chisholm Trail Middle School, Round Rock, Texas, six years in seventh and eighth grade science; Osceola Intermediate School, two years in reading support; Osceola Middle School, five years in sixth grade science
Family: Children: Ripley Balusek, seventh grade; Ender Balusek, fourth grade
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Hobbies/interests: I love reading science fiction and fantasy books, playing with my chihuahua Maximus, spending time with my two awesome kids, and "geeking out" every summer at Comic-Con.
Position: 9-12, HHS, culinary arts & food science (family consumer science education)
Education: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Bachelor's Degrees Family Social Science; Master's Degree: Family & Consumer Science Education: 5-12
Previous experience: Woodbury and Mounds View Schools
Position: 11th & 12th grade, teaching Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fiction at HHS
Education: I graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a secondary English education major & Japanese minor.
Previous experience: This is my first official position. The last year, I substituted at Clear Lake, Wisconsin and also various areas in Minnesota.
Family: Fiance: Mason Militano
Hometown: Yokosuka, Japan and Farmington, Minn.
Hobbies/interests: Love to garden, play various games and read.
Position: School to Career Coordinator
Education: UW-Madison, Spanish and Radio/TV/Film; MA in org leadership, Bethel University; Doctorate in Ed from St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Previous experience: Nine years in UW system at UWRF; 10 years in WICS, 3.5 years in Minnesota State System at a two-year college. Taught Spanish and business in addition to admin roles.
Family: Spouse: Gary Bleskachek (HHS grad)
Hometown: Shorewood, Wis.
Hobbies/interests: ACTE member (ACTEonline.org), enjoy travel, hiking, cooking, canoeing.
Position: Kindergarten, EP Rock
Education: Bachelor's degree in early childhood-middle childhood elementary education from UW-LaCrosse; Master's in Education with certification in gifted & talented education from UW-Stevens Point.
Previous experience: Three years teaching Kindergarten in the Monona Grove School District
Family: Engaged to Eli Sankey
Hobbies/interests: Running, traveling, baking and cooking, reading, spending time with family and friends
Position: Sixth grade physical education and health at HMS
Education: UW-River Falls, Education Degree; UW-LaCrosse, Health Minor
Previous experience: Four years in Milwaukee Public Schools, nine years at Brown Deer High School, one year (last year) at Cottage Grove Middle School
Family: Husband, Andy; children: Ty (11), Frankie Anne (9), Tauli (6)
Hometown: River Falls
Hobbies/ interests: Track and field, swimming, running, golfing, bowling, time with family and friends!
Teaching position: Band, seventh grade and co-director of eight and 6-8 band lessons, HMS
Education: St. Norbert College, Business and Music (BBA); University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MM flute performance (Masters); University of Minnesota, Twin Cities DMA (Doctorate
St. Mary's University - ED license flute performance minor music theory
Previous experience: North Branch Public Schools (2013-2018); various colleges (Adjust assignments)
Hobbies/interests: Running, tennis, weight lifting, hiking, practicing flute and piano, travelling, rescuing homeless animals, volunteering
Position: Reading teacher, E.P. Rock
Education: B.S. UW-Eau Claire, Special Education, specific learning disabilities; Masters in Education, UW-La Crosse
Previous experience:One year, Eleva-Strum School District; six years, Mt. Horeb Area School District; four years, Minnetonka School District; six years, Hudson, substitute and education assistant
Family: Husband, Chad; twins, Abigail (11), Griffin (11)
Hometown: Eau Claire
Hobbies/interests: Hiking, biking, reading, family time
Position: RiverCrest, gifted and talented teacher
Education: Augustana College, Sioux Falls. Major: BA Elementary Education; St Mary's University, Minneapolis, M.A. in Education.
Previous experience: San Clemente, Calif., two years; Vail, Colo., four years; Bloomington, Minn., one year; Hudson School District, sub, three years
Family: Spouse: Jeremy Palm; children: Blake (13), Eric (9), Brianna (7)
Hometown: Bellevue, Neb.
Hobbies/ interests: Travel, time with family
Position: Ninth grade special education, EBD, HHS
Education: UW-Whitewater, Bachelor of Science in Education: Broadfield social studies; Cardinal Stritch University, Masters of Science: Educational Leadership
Previous experience: Greenfield High School, 1.5 years; Karcher Middle School, Burlington, Wis., seven years
Family: Husband, Nick; children: Clay (7), Karley (5)
Hometown: Hartford, Wis.
Hobbies/ interests: Reading, boating, spending time with family
Position: School Psychology intern, Hudson Prairie & Willow River Elementary
Education: UW-River Falls (working on School Psych Ed. Specialist degree), undergrad at Gustavus
Previous experience: High school social studies teacher for about 10 years
Family: Husband, John; kids ages 14 and 16
Hometown: Hopkins, Minn.
Hobbies/interests: Violin, dog, travel
Position: Hudson Middle School, CID program
Education: UW-Eau Claire, Bachelor's in Special Education and Elementary Education; University of St. Thomas, Masters in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Previous experience: Prescott Middle School, seven years
Family: Husband, Jason; children: Calvin (8) and Daphne (1)
Hometown: New Brighton, Minn.
Hobbies/interests: Reading, hiking, kayaking
Position: English as a Second Language, HMS, HHS and Hudson Prairie Elementary
Education: Bachelor of Science, UW-River Falls, elementary education 1-8, English as a Second Language
Previous teaching experience: Barron Areas School District, eight years; Prescott School District, three years; Rice Lake School District, three years
Family: Children, Sarah (24), Rachel (22)
Hometown: River Falls
Hobbies/interests: Outdoor activities, bicycling, running, hiking, golf, triathlons / 5KS, kayaking, canoeing, traveling the U.S., Canada and abroad.
Position: Third grade, EP Rock
Education: Iowa State University, Elementary Education; Morningside College, Masters & Arts in Teaching: Reading Specialist
Previous experience: Studebaker Elementary, Des Moines, Iowa, five years
Family: Fiancé, Tyler Boyd
Hometown: Fonda, Iowa
Hobbies/interests: Photography, rollerblading, reading and traveling
Position: Teacher of the visually impaired
Education: TVI licensure from Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wis. B.S. from Minnesota State University, Mankato
Previous t experience: Most recent, Osceola, nine years as a fulltime special education vision teacher; eight years as a substitute in Osceola. Before that six years at Red Sandstone Elementary in Vail, Colo.
Family: Drew Ekstrom, husband 28 years; daughters Kailey (23), Shaina (21) and Regan (18); son Luke (18, twins)
Hometown: Winsted, Minn.
Hobbies/interests: Family time football, water sports and golf
Position: 10th grade English and American Literature at Hudson High School
Education: St. Norbert college, De Pere, major(s) English Education and Education
Previous experience: I completed my student teaching at Aldo Leopold Community School in Green Bay and Green Bay East High School, and I am excited to start my journey as a first-year teacher with the Hudson School District!
Family: Parents: Dan and Jill Sheehan; siblings: Cassidy, Tommy, Chris, ages 19, 15, 12
Hometown: Colgate, Wis.
Hobbies/interests: I love reading, writing, and exploring local businesses. I look forward to any time spent with family and friends, and I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and being outdoors.
Position: ELL, EP Rock
Education: UW-La Crosse, ELL and Social Studies
Previous experience: St. Paul Public Schools , two years
Hometown: La Crosse
Hobbies/interests: Reading, enjoy being outdoors and spend time with family.
Position: Special education, HHS
Education: Illinois State University, BA, special education; Walden University, Masters in reading and writing
Family: Spouse: Trey Temple; children: Lauren (13), Dylan (9)
Hometown: Joliet, Ill.
Position: Spanish, HHS
Education: UW Madison, BA; University of Utah, MA
Previous experience: Milwaukee Public Schools, 2015-2018; University of California, Santa Cruz, 2008-2011; Menomonie High School, 2006-2007; Blair-Taylor High School, 2000-02
Hometown: Colfax High School graduate
Hobbies/interests: Running, hiking, reading, singing
Position: HMS physical education and health, grades 6 and 8; seventh grade football coach.
Education: B.A. from Concordia University, St. Paul
Previous experience: Brighton, Colo., for five years; Mounds View, Minn., for four years.
Family: Wife, Lindsey Weiler; children: Jack (2), Aubrey (3 months)
Hobbies/interests: Crossfit and being with family