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Hudson School District introduces staff

New Hudson School District teachers are shown together. Steve Gall / RiverTown Multimedia

Hudson School District welcomed new staff members Wednesday, Aug. 9 with a luncheon before school started Thursday, Aug. 17. The Star-Observer asked them to fill out a questionnaire, in order to introduce them to the community.

John Dahl

Position: North Hudson Elementary, Physical Education K-5.

Education: UW - LaCrosse

Previous experience: First year teacher

Hometown: Hudson

Hobbies: Running, tennis, riding my Harley, camping, reading.

Marissa Nelson

Position: Second grade, Hudson Prairie Elementary

Education: Undergraduate - University of Minnesota: Elementary Education major, child psychology minor. Graduate - University of Minnesota: Master's of Elementary Education.

Previous experience: Unity Middle School, Balsam Lake - long term substitute (four months); Frederic Elementary School - Frederic. Second grade summer school.

Family: Parents Jessica Olby, Rich Nelson; siblings, Brenton and Melana Nelson.

Hometown: Frederic.

Hobbies: Pageants, reading, journaling, watching football, spending time outdoors.

Heath Hill

Position: Hudson High School, algebra and pre-calculus.

Education: UW - Eau Claire. Major: Physics - Mathematics, math emphasis comprehensive; Minor-Spanish liberal arts.

Hometown: Waunakee

Hobbies: Music - playing and listening, people

Rachel Gloodt

Position: Sixth grade language arts teacher at Hudson Middle School

Education: Bachelor's degree in middle childhood / early adolescence education from the UW - Eau Claire.

Previous teaching experience: This is my first full-time teaching job, but I previously worked as a substitute teacher for the New Richmond and Hudson school districts.

Hometown: Siren

Hobbies: Camping, painting, gardening.

James Dalluhn

Position: Principal, Hudson Middle School.

Education: BA Literature - University of Minnesota, BS Education - Winona State University, MA Education - St Mary's.

Previous teaching experience: 1994-2001 English Teacher - Park High School, Cottage Grove, Minn.; 2001-2014 Associate Principal - Hudson Middle School; 2014-2017 Principal - Prescott Middle School.

Spouse: Jodi Dalluhn

Children: Jackson - 20, Henry - 19

Hometown: Cottage Grove, Minn.

Hobbies: Snowboarding, golf, reading.

Nicholas DeMoulin

Position: Fourth grade - General, Hudson Prairie Elementary.

Education: Bachelor's at University of Northern Colorado. Masters at University of Colorado - Denver

Previous experience: Shaffer elementary, Littleton, colorado. Five years.

Spouse: Ali Wettleson

Children: Layla DeMoulin, 7 and Harrison DeMoulin, 5

Hometown: Golden, Colo.

Hobbies: Anything sports, writing/telling jokes, dancing, and a major obsession with Harry Potter.

Dayna Johnson

Position: Fourth grade, River Crest Elementary

Education: UW-Stout - BA Psychology; UW-River Falls teacher certification

Previous teaching experience: Nine years in Hudson as an assistant in special education math and media. Also substitute taught including four long term positions.

Spouse: Jason

Children: Jacob, 15 and Sophia, 13.

Hometown: Madison

Hobbies: Watching my kids play sports, walking, scrapbooking, card making and watching the Packers.

Lance Hovland

Position: Hudson High School, technology education (primarily automotives and PLTW)

Education: UW-Stout: BA - technology education

Previous experience: Woodbury High School, six years; Maplewood Middle School, one year.

Spouse: Racheal

Children: Anika - 11; Henry - 8

Hometown: Eau Claire (12-18); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (0-12)

Hobbies: Camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing, fixing things, playing fiddle in a bluegrass band, family time, leaving every place better than how I found it.

Amanda Juneski

Position: Sixth grade, mathematics and computer science, Hudson Middle School

Education: UW-River Falls, Bachelors of Science - Secondary education mathematics, minor in athletic coaching.

Previous experience: Frederic School District (Frederick 6-12 School) taught all secondary grades (6-12) math, four years.

Spouse: Nicholas Juneski

Children: Evelyn (13), Isaiah (10), Adeline (9

Hometown: Pulaski and Green Bay

Hobbies: Watching the Packers play football, watching my kids play soccer and perform gymnastics, being with family.

Jake Krieser

Position: River Crest, Fifth grade

Education: UW-Whitewater, Elementary Education

Previous experience: I began my teaching career at Rosendale Intermediate school and taught there for seven years. Then moved to western wisconsin and taught at Osceola Intermediate School for the past four years.

Spouse: Aria Krieser

Children: Everett Krieser, 3

Hometown: Oconto Falls

Hobbies: I love to play, coach, and watch sports. I also love to hang out with family and friends and to play with my son Everett.

Tracy Danovsky

Position: Hudson High School Business and Marketing Education, DECA and Yearbook advisor

Education: UW-Stout: Business Marketing Education; Rochester Community and Technical College: Business management with a marketing emphasis

Previous experience: Superior High School - 11 years

Children: Jared, 18

Hometown: Stanley

Hobbies: Spending time with family, cooking, reading, hiking, kayaking, bonfires.

Brent Blegen

Position: 8, math and business, Hudson Middle School

Education: UW-Stout, Business Administration

Previous experience: Plum City High School, math teacher, four years.

Spouse: Shana Weiss

Children: Marit, 3; Silje 1

Hometown: Spring Valley

Hobbies: Spending time with family, traveling, playing baseball.

Ashleigh Titterton

Position: K-5 EBD special education teacher, Willow River Elementary

Education: Integrated elementary and special education degree at University of Minnesota Duluth.

Previous experience: One year K-6 resource teacher at Discovery STEM charter school in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Hometown: Stoke-On-Trent, England/Hudson

Hobbies: Travel, going on walks with my dog, shopping, and spending time with family.

Zachary Rozmiarek

Position: Fifth grade Rivercrest

Education: Bachelors of Science in Conservation minor in outdoor education, masters of science in elementary education - all at UW-River Falls.

Previous experience: Prairie Farm Elementary, 3 years

Fiancee: Jennifer Lange

Hometown: Pulaski

Hobbies: Camping, fishing, going to concerts, skiing.

Jessica Siler

Position: High School Counselor

Education: UW-River Falls, Master of Science Education - School counseling (K-12); UWRF, undergraduate degree in psychology and minor speech communication

Previous experience: At Centennial High School in Circle Pines, Minn. for past 12 years.

Spouse: Jason Siler

Children: Hudson, 6, Peyton, 3.

Hometown: Dayton, Minn.

Hobbies: Collecting Mickey and Minnie Mouse and playing with my kids!

Kelsey Betthauser

Position: Third grade teacher Willow River Elementary

Education: UW-La Crosse - Bachelor's in elementary/middle school education; UW-River Falls - Master's in Education

Previous experience: I've previously taught second grade at the Royall School District (Elroy, Wis.), four years.

Fiance: Josh

Hometown: Tomah

Hobbies: Running: I recently completed a marathon.

Tammy Kowles

Position: High school special education CID (autism) teacher.

Education: UW-River Falls with a Bachelor's in psychology

Previous experience: Have over 11 years experience working with children with autism in schools and in their homes.

Spouse: Adam

Children: Abby, 16; Jake, 7; Cecilia, 4

Stephen Kanavati

Position: Spanish II, Hudson High School

Education: Bachelor of Science in social studies teaching and in history from Minnesota State University - Mankato and Spanish from the UW-River Falls.

Previous experience: St. Patrick School, Hudson, three years. Tecnologico de Monterrey, Irapuato, Mexico two years.

Joshua M. Weiss

Position: High school, STRIVE math and science

Education: BA, St. John's University; MAE DIAL Marian University

Previous experience: MECAS, Milltown, Wis. for last four years.

Spouse: Amy

Children: Twins to be born in September

Hometown: River Falls

Hobbies: Football, hockey, woodworking

Kelly Mills

Position: Special education teacher in ID-S program, North Hudson Elementary

Education: Bachelor's in Elementary Education and deaf and hard of hearing; Masters in physically and otherwise health impaired and certification in early childhood and cross categorical K-12

Previous experience: Michigan, 12 years; Prescott School District, two years.

Spouse: Aaron

Children: Breslyn, 7; Addison, 10

Hometown: Marysville, Mich.

Hobbies: Camping, reading, word puzzles, spending time with my family.

Eve Skajewski

Position: Fifth grade, all subjects, Prairie Elementary

Education: BS in Elementary Education from MSUM-Minnesota State University Moorhead; MS in Education from Walden University

Previous experience: 14 years experience — I have taught in Fargo/Moorhead, Luverne, and Harrisburg, S.D.

Spouse: Bryan

Children: Nicholas, Madelyn

Hometown: Minnetonka, Minn.

Hobbies: Enjoy outdoor activities

Lora Bovy

Position: Kindergarten, Houlton Elementary

Education: Bachelor's degree from UW-River Falls

Previous experience: LIFE Prep in St. Paul, Minn, for six years, taught pre-k, first and second grades.

Spouse: Chris Bovy

Children: Aryia, 2

Hometown: Hudson

Hobbies: Baking, reading, spending time with my family, attempting fun Pinterest projects

Heather Wimer

Position: Kindergarten at EP Rock

Education: Early childhood education at UW-River Falls

Previous experience: I was a kindergarten teacher for seven years at the School District of St. Croix Falls

Spouse: Randy Wimer

Children: Brock Wimer, 17 years old, senior at HHS; Cale Wimer,15. sophomore at HHS

Hometown: Barron, Wis.

Hobbies: I enjoy any activity that involves my children. Running is my passion, and keeps me happy!

Venessa DeCosse

Position: Business education at Hudson High School, 9-12

Education: Capella University, Bachelors in Human Resources Management. Capella University, Masters of Business Administration

Previous experience: Chippewa Valley Technical College, business management and human resource management program instructor; Clear Lake High School, business education teacher.

Spouse: Todd DeCosse

Children: Regan, 14; Keira 12

Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.

Hobbies: CrossFit, outdoors and travel

Courtney Garrard

Position: Sixth grade science

Education: Ohio University, Bachelors; Walden University, Masters.

Previous experience: Stiles Elementary, fourth grade, Columbus Ohio. West Middle School, seventh grade science, two years and Antelope Ridge Elementary, three years, fifth grade. Both Denver, Colo.; Moundsview Schools, Highview Middle School, sixth and seventh grade science for one year.

Family: Husband, Kevin Garrard; dogs Lola, a Golden Doodle, and Zuka, a Boxer.

Hometown: Mt. Vernon, Ohio

Hobbies: Going on adventures with family and friends

Brianna Sorlien

Position: Special education cross categorical grades K-5, Rivercrest

Education: UW-Stout, human development family studies; Bethel University, Masters in Special Education

Previous experience: Dean of students, special ed para, and administrative assistant for five years at New City Charter School in Northeast Minneapolis. One year at Kindercare in Hudson.

Spouse: Kinseth

Children: Adele, 2.5; Elise, 1

Hometown: Roberts

Hobbies: Cooking, baking, being with my kids and family!

Rikka Zabel

Position: School psychologist at EP Rock and River Crest

Education: Undergraduate degree at SCSU (St. Cloud State University) in psychology. Graduate degree at UW-Stout in school psychology

Previous experience: New Richmond and Somerset, 14 years total.

Stacey Helders

Position: First grade at River Crest

Education: UW-LaCrosse in elementary education with early childhood minor. I also have my Masters in Education from Hamline University.

Previous experience: I taught in Milwaukee for three years and in Somerset for 14 years.

Children: Max, 11; Owen, 10

Hometown: Roberts

Hobbies: Traveling, gardening, staying active, watching Brewer baseball

Katie Jackson

Position: Fourth grade teacher at Willow River Elementary

Education: UW-Eau Claire. Bachelor's Degree in middle childhood - early adolescence and learning disabilities.

Previous experience: Five years in both Minnesota (Stillwater) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls and New Richmond)

Spouse: Jake

Children: Hannah (stepdaughter), 7; Leah, 14 months

Hometown: Rochester, Minn.

Hobbies: Shopping, crafts, reading, fishing, spending time with my family.

Ryan Dunnigan

Position: SPED - ERD, EP Rock

Education: University of Minnesota - Duluth for undergrad, BA Spanish/Anthropology - licensure - EBD/LD - Minnesota from Augsburg College, Minneapolis.

Previous experience: St. Paul, one year; Osseo, Minn. Schools, Minn., two years. Spooner, Wis., two years.

Hometown: Stillwater, Minn.

Kristin Helgeson

Position: Math teacher, Hudson High School.

Education: Bachelor's and Master's in secondary math education from UW-River Falls.

Previous experience: Rosemount High School, 11 years.

Spouse: Joe

Children: Emma, 8; Nolan, 6; Brady, 4

Hometown: Woodbury, Minn.

Hobbies: Spend time with family and friends, be active outdoors, garden.

Jordan Wood & Hannah Scheiderer


Jordan Wood and Hannah Scheiderer did not return a completed survey to the Hudson Star-Observer.