Jamie Wendt

Position: Junior Kindergarten teacher

Family: I have a wonderful husband, Doug, who was born and raised in Somerset and five children (Nolan, who is in 8th grade, Easton, who is in fourth grade, Lincoln who is in second grade, Simon who is in kindergarten, Oaklyn who is 2.5 years old and we have new morkie puppy named Winnie.

Education: I received my B.S. in early childhood education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, my master's in adult education from the University of Minnesota and professional certificate in human resource development from the University of Minnesota.

Work experience: Early childhood center director for eight years, early childhood professional development adviser and consultant for two years, adjunct early childhood college professor for nine years and a stay-at-home mom for five years, but most recently I have been the full-time Somerset School District sub for the past two school years.

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Hobbies: Spending time with my family and friends, traveling, all things Disney, going for walks, catching up on my favorite TV shows, golfing, watching my children play sports, going to sporting events of my favorites the Minnesota Twins and Green Bay Packers and the excitement of trying new things, learning new things and seeing new places!

Rylie Berger

Position: Kindergarten Teacher

Family: My parents are Rob and Patty Berger. I also have two brothers, Blake and Noah.

Education: I have my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

Previous work experience: I taught 4k for two years out of college, and for the last few years I was subbing in the surrounding districts.

Hobbies: My favorite hobby is teaching dance. I enjoy spending time outdoors four wheeling, kayaking, and fishing. I also love spending time with my family and friends.

Kalley Neidermire

Position: 2nd Grade long-term substitute

Family: I was raised on a small dairy farm in East Farmington by my parents, David and Gwen Neidermire. I am the youngest of five children, three brothers and one sister.

Education: Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Work experience: This is not my first experience with the Somerset School District. I was a fourth grade student teacher with Kelly Larson and I am overjoyed to be a Spartan again for the 2020-2021 school year. I previously worked for the Osceola School District with their Kids Klub Summer Program for three years. During my education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, I worked part time for the Mothers of Preschoolers or MOPS group, teaching religious curriculum to children under 6.

Hobbies: I enjoy sports (both playing and watching) cooking, baking, playing card games or board games with friends and family, and traveling to different states with my sister in the summer. My sister and I are trying to visit all 50 states before I turn 50!

Meghan Powell

Position: Third grade teacher

Family: Son, Merritt (5) and daughter, Ferran (4)

Education: Principia College for undergrad and Concordia University for graduate.

Previous work experience: I taught second grade outside of Chicago for two years, third and fourth grade outside of Milwaukee for eight years, and 4K in New Richmond for one year.

Hobbies: I love to cook, read, and play with my children!

Chas Nicolet

Position: Third grade teacher

Family: Dad (Rob), Mom (Wendy), Brother (Brent), Jade (Sister), David (Brother-in-law)

Education: Bachelor's degree in education from UWEC

Previous work experience: Taught second and third grade for two years at Osseo-Fairchild Elementary.

Hobbies: Watching sports, being outside, playing with my dog, and trying new foods.

Michael Istvanek

Position: Elementary physical education teacher

Family: Mom (Tammy) Dad (Mike) Sisters (Stephanie and Sarah)

Education: Bachelor of Science from UW La Crosse

Hobbies: Playing/watching sports, playing guitar and hiking!

Emily Saltenberger

Position: Middle School Math and Science Teacher

Education: Graduated last December from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire! Go Blugolds!

Work experience: This will be my first year teaching and I couldn't be more excited! I have previous work experience as a nanny and tutor over the summers.

Hobbies: My favorite sports are volleyball, hockey, and soccer. I love to downhill ski, travel, hike, water ski, and hang out with friends and family.

Heather Hinz

Position: Long term sub for Middle school special education

Family: Husband - Joe, 4 kids - Kally (21), Amber (19), Jana (17), Trevor (14)

Education: Elementary education degree from UW-River Falls

Work experience: Elementary special education, alternative diploma program teacher, 8th grade science

Hobbies: Gardening, reading, stained glass, travel, spending time with family and friends

Sarah Estes

Position: High School Counselor

Family: My family in my house is just my dog, Milo, an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix.

Education: Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies from UW-Stout. Masters in School Counseling from St. Cloud State.

Work experience: My time between my Bachelor's and Master's degree, I worked with a domestic violence/sexual assault program as an advocate and in early childhood special education as a service coordinator (similar to a case manager). While pursuing my Master's, outside of my internship experiences, I worked as a teacher at a child care center and as a substitute teacher. I also was an assistant speech coach this past season.

Hobbies: Baking and cooking, reading, traveling, writing, musical theater, and designing/making shirts with my Cricut.

Kyle Larson

Position: High School Special Education Teacher

Family: I have 2 sisters ages 21 and 16 and 1 brother age 20.

Education: UW-Eau Claire; Special Education Student taught at Hudson Middle School

Hobbies: Sports (Football, Wrestling, and Baseball). Also love watching Wisconsin Sports teams (Brewers, Packers, Bucks, Badgers)

Elizabeth Granick

Position: Spanish teacher

Family: I have a mom, a dad, and an older brother.

Education: I attended Verona Area High School, and I graduated from UW- Eau Claire in May.

Work experience: I student-taught at Cadott Junior/Senior High School last semester.

Hobbies: I love to travel, run, read, and cook!

Jess Donnerbauer

Position: Social Studies Teacher

Husband: Jamie, Daughters: Keaton (8) Kansas (6

Education: U of MN - BA History, UWRF - Teaching Cert, Gratz College - MA Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Previous work experience: St. Croix Central Middle School, Ellsworth Community School District, Hill-Murray School

Hobbies: Traveling, reading, gardening, crafting, tanks, helicopters, meeting military veterans

Lily Cranston

Position: Full Time Substitute Teacher

Education: University Wisconsin-Stout

Work experience: River Falls and Hudson School Districts

Hobbies: Travel, sports, animals

Karyn Bye Dietz

Position: Full-time Substitute

Family: Tatum (17), Brody (15)

Education: BS Physical Education and Diploma in Sports Administration

Work experience: Fitness instructor, Hudson Girls Hockey Coach

Hobbies: Watching Tatum Swim and watching Brody play hockey

Taffy Jo Timm

Position: Special education aid

Family: Married to Matt, we have 5 kids Christopher, Andrew, Hunter, and Kloie. We have a dog Stewie and a rabbit Bugsie.

Previous work experience: Cooking and taking care of kids

Hobbies: Cooking spending time with my family

Kelsie Knops

Position: Special Education Aide

Family: I have a 3 year old daughter

Education: I graduated high school in Glenwood City

Previous work experience: I was an office assistant for the last few years.

Hobbies: I love being outside, fishing, kayaking, going to our cabin. Spending time with my family and friends.

Cody McNerney

Position: Special Education Support Aide

Family: My dog Nala.

Education: Unfinished degree in Criminal Justice and Liberal Arts

Previous work experience: Resident Councilor, Retail Sales, Construction

Hobbies: Kayaking, hiking, video games, playing hockey, watching sports, playing with my dog

Mandi Martin

Family: Kevin, Aubree, Blake, Carmon, Caden

Position: Aide

Education: Associates in medical assisting

Previous work experience: DSP, Family clinic, Plasma

Hobbies: Going to my cabin, hanging out with family, singing, dancing, foodie

Carly Ohman

Position: Mental Health Coordinator

Family: I have a husband, Erick and a son Briggs

Education: Master's Degree in Social Work

Work experience: I have previously worked for Pierce County, and many day treatment and residential treatment facilities with a variety of clients ages 5-18. I have also worked with dual diagnosis clients that have both mental health, as well as substance abuse issues. I also did an internship at a school in Minnesota for school social work.

Hobbies: I love to do anything that has to do with home decor. I love to decorate my home for all the holidays. I also love to spend time with my son and husband on our side by side.

Leigh DeRosier

Position: Health Aide

Family: Travis(husband)Isabelle, Reid, Miles

Education: Medical Assistant, Associates degree

Work experience: Medical Clinic, Medical Assistant

Hobbies: Movies, camping, shopping

Heather Germain

Position: Occupational Therapist

Family: I live with my husband, Ben Germain and dog child, Milka. We are expecting our first baby this December!

Education: I graduated from Somerset High School in 2010 (go Spartans!)

Bachelor's Degree (2014): University of St. Thomas

Masters Degree (2017): St. Catherine University

Work experience: I have been a school-based OT since 2018 and until recently, have been working at River Falls School District.

Hobbies: Channeling my inner- Joanna Gaines, thrifting for unique finds, trying new breweries

Megan Kleven

Position: Occupational Therapy Assistant

Family: My husband Chris and our dog Kyro!

Education: Bachelors of Liberal Arts with a double minor in psychology and early childhood education, and an associates in occupational therapy.

Work experience: Assistant boutique manager, personal care assistant, and student.

Hobbies: Nature hikes, reading and trying new recipes that I find online!

Traci Waalen

Position: Recess and Lunch Aide

Family: Husband of 33 years, Tim Waalen and children, Cody and Hayley

Education: Somerset High School

Work experience: Director of Human Resources at Assisted Living Facility - Early Retirement!

Hobbies: Spending time with my wonderful family, playing with our 3 dogs and gardening.

Jerry Robinson

Position: Lunch recess

Family: Married with 2 dogs

Education: Graduated

Previous work experience: Worked in elementary kitchen

Hobbies: Old cars

Beckie Gostovich

Position: Office Aide

Family: I've been married to my high school sweetheart Scott for 18 years! We live here in Somerset. I have two sons, Logan (15) a freshman at Somerset High School & Riley (12) a 7th grader at Somerset Middle School. I also have a dog named Maggie.

Education: Hudson High School, Hudson WI Class of 1993

Position: Bank Teller for 25 years & for the last 3 a Substitute Aide for School District of Somerset. Last year I was lucky enough to spend the whole year in the Elementary Library!

Hobbies: Camping, biking, walking the dog, reading and baking

Ryan Vang

Position: District Nurse

Education: UW Oshkosh

Work experience: Amery Hospital and Clinic

Hobbies: Coaching Soccer, hiking, hanging out with family