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Mauston welcomes new staff

The Mauston School District welcomes its new teaching staff for the 2017-18 school year. Pictured, back row, left to right, is Rebecca Carvalho, Bradley Orvis, Hannah Pecard, Jasmine Sparby, Whitley Harrison, Ryan Frye, Megan Horkan, Aaron Nofsinger Josh Potter. Front row, left to right, is Leah Tennessen, Amanda Yonver, Falen Narel, Caitlyn Gussel, Laura Dahlke, Ashley Lynch, Mike Stoughtenger.

The Mauston School District will have 17 new teachers for the 2017-18 school year. The district held a new teacher orientation Aug. 14 and 15 to welcome its new staff and prepare them for the upcoming year, which begins Sept. 5. Below is a list of Mauston’s new teachers.

Ryan Frye, Social Studies

Hello, my name is Ryan Frye and I am a new middle/high school social studies teacher at Mauston. I am a graduate of Royall High school and a recent graduate of Winona State University, where I graduated magna cum laude while majoring in Social Science and History Education with double minors in Coaching and Political Science. I am so very excited to be a part of the Mauston family and I look forward to a great year. I am a huge sports fan and in my spare time I enjoy playing basketball, running, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Aaron Nofsinger, Technology and Agriculture Education

My name is Aaron Nofsinger, but most people from the area know me as Brody. I’m a 2003 graduate from New Lisbon High School and a 2008 UW-Platteville graduate in Technology Education. I’m the new Technology Education and Agriculture teacher at Mauston High School. I’m so happy that I finally brought my family back to the area I grew up in and to the people I love. I can’t wait to help the students in this area find out what it is that drives them and help guide them on the path to a successful future. I love camping, riding four-wheelers, motorcycles, and working on my land. I have been married for 12 years to my wonderful wife Felica, and have four amazing children named Emersyn (6), Eli (5), Emmett (3), and Elliette (1). I hope to see everyone at the FFA food stand at the Juneau County Fair, so stop on in and say hi.

Hannah Pecard, Mathematics

My name is Hannah Pecard, and I am a new math teacher at Mauston High. This fall I will be teaching Intro to Statistics, Trigonometry, and Geometry. I am originally from Marinette, Wisconsin where I graduated from high school in 2012. I am also a recent graduate from UW- Platteville with a degree in Math Secondary Education. Outside of school, I enjoy playing tennis, camping, and spending time with my friends and family. I am very excited for the school year to start and get to know my students and this community.

Rebecca Carvalho, Choir/Music

Greetings! I am Rebecca Carvalho, the new choir and general music teacher for Olson Middle School. I graduated from UW-Whitewater where I studied choral and general music education and pursued undergraduate research in vocal jazz improvisation. I am very excited to continue the vocal jazz ensemble as well as start show choir in collaboration with the MHS choir teacher, Ms. Ley. I can’t wait to meet the students, their families, and be part of the Mauston family.

Ashley Lynch, Mathematics

My name is Ashley Lynch and I am very excited to be teaching math at Olson Middle School this year. I am originally from Wyoming. I joined the Navy right after high school and served as an avionics technician for five and half years where I met my husband who is from Mauston. I graduated from UW-La Crosse with a degree in Math Secondary Education. I have taught in Tomah for the past three years and I am so excited to finally be teaching in the community that has been my home for the past 10 years.

Brad Orvis, Physical Education/Health

My name is Bradley Orvis and I am excited to join Mauston as a Health and Physical Educator. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force and UW-Whitewater graduate, I enjoy many sports and activities. I have coached football and track for eight years. I am also a hockey referee for all ages and levels. My goal is to prepare students to live active and healthy lifestyles. Finding enjoyment in sports and making healthy choices is rewarding both on and off the field.

Josh Potter, English Language Arts

I was born and raised in Mauston and I am proud to return to the district from which I was fortunate enough to graduate. I am entering my sixth year of teaching; the last four years I taught sixth grade at Royall. I was a varsity assistant football coach the last two seasons at Royall and I will continue coaching basketball at Mauston for my fourth season. Besides spending time coaching and teaching young students, I love to spend time outdoors. In the summer I am usually up north fishing and spending time with family. In the fall and spring you will usually find me in a deer stand or a turkey blind enjoying some peace and quiet. This past summer has been a summer of changes for me. Besides having this incredible opportunity to start a new job I also got married to my wonderful wife Kelsey.

Danielle Roos, Special Education

My name is Danielle Roos, I will be the new special education teacher at the middle school. I have been married to my husband John for three years. His work has relocated us to Reedsburg from the Minneapolis area. This will be my fifth year teaching. Prior to teaching, I worked as a behavior therapist and speech language therapist. I have previously worked for Rochester Public Schools, in Rochester, Minnesota, and most recently, Minnetonka High School in Minnetonka, Minnesota. I graduated from St. Cloud State University with my undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and received my master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas. In my free time, I love to cook, travel, craft, bike, read, hike, and spend time with my family and friends. I look forward to the school year, and getting to know the Mauston community.

Jasmine Sparby, Mathematics and Science

Hello. I am Jasmine Sparby. I grew up on a small beef farm in Bruce, Wisconsin. My husband, Nate, and I have one daughter, Camille, who is eight months old. In my free time, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking and canning. I am a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a focus on mathematics. I am excited to start the first year of my teaching career in the Mauston District.

Mike Stoughtenger, Science

My name is Mike Stoughtenger, and I am very excited to begin my first year teaching in Mauston, my hometown. I began my teaching career at St. Patrick’s Elementary School, where for one year I served as a third grade teacher. I then moved to New Lisbon, where I have spent the past four years teaching fourth and sixth grade. I graduated from Viterbo University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and while at Viterbo I was fortunate enough to play baseball. Baseball is a big part of my life, and I spent the past five years coaching varsity baseball in New Lisbon, and this year I will be serving as the varsity baseball coach in Mauston. I love working with kids and challenging them to be the best they can be every single day. My fiancée and I are very excited to be moving back to Mauston.

Amanda Yonver, Spanish and ELL

I am very excited to be teaching Spanish at OMS and MHS this year. I am originally from Verona, Wisconsin. I graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, where I studied abroad in Spain for a semester and ran cross country and track. I spent the last year teaching Spanish at Richland Center High School. I live in Wisconsin Dells with my husband. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, running, and spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to teaching in Mauston this year.

Whitley Harrison, Third Grade

My name is Whitley Harrison, the new third grade teacher at Grayside Elementary. I’m from Reedsburg, Wisconsin and graduated this past May from Carthage College with a degree in Elementary Education. I’m also excited to announce that I will be coaching the eighth grade girls’ volleyball team. Outside of school, I enjoy being outdoors, sports, and spending time with my family and friends. I’m very excited to be working in the Mauston community and for the school year to begin.

Laura Dahlke, Early Childhood

Hi, I’m Laura Dahlke and I’m so excited to be back in the Mauston area teaching at the elementary school I attended as a child. I have been hired as the Early Childhood Special Education teacher at West Side Elementary. I’ve had the opportunity to work with 3, 4, and 5 year olds for the past eight years. I’m excited to have to opportunity to reconnect with families and the whole community in Mauston. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to this coming school year and working with the children and families in the Mauston area.

Caitlyn Gussel, Kindergarten

Hello everyone! My name is Caitlyn Gussel and I will be teaching Kindergarten at West Side Elementary. I will also be coaching seventh grade volleyball this fall. I am originally from Wisconsin Dells and currently reside there. I graduated from Edgewood College in December 2016 with a degree in Elementary Education along with an Early Childhood minor. Aside from school, a majority of my time is spent with my family and friends. Some of my hobbies include hiking, biking, reading, traveling, and running. I am an avid Packer and Badger fan as well. I am very excited to become part of this wonderful community and all of the opportunities that Mauston has to offer.

Leah Tennessen, Special Education

I am so excited to be part of the West Side Elementary Team. My husband, Kyle, and I are both originally from Waukesha and we are both graduates of UW-Whitewater. I graduated with a degree in elementary education and a minor in special education. Kyle and I have been living in Williston, North Dakota for the last five years where I have had the pleasure of teaching third and fourth grade. Before we moved to North Dakota I had the opportunity to be a cabin counselor at a camp for children with special needs and work as a special education para-educator. Since then I have always wanted to complete my special education credentials and am looking forward to participating in the CESA 6 RITE Program. One item on my bucket list is to visit all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. Go Brewers! Kyle and I have one fur baby, Pearl.

Falen Narel, Fourth Grade

Hello! I’m Falen Narel and I am from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a bachelor of sciences degree with a major in Elementary Education, and a minor in Broad Field Social Sciences. I have enjoyed working with children for several years and I am excited to start my first year as an elementary teacher at Lyndon Station Elementary. In my free time I like to travel and spend time outdoors, especially with my friends and family.

Megan Horkan, Behavior Coach

I was born and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where I graduated from Upper Iowa University with a master’s degree in Special Education as an instructional strategist. I’ve spent the last five years teaching at a special school in Iowa, working specifically with students with severe and multiple disabilities. I’m a new employee to the Mauston School District as their district-wide behavior coach and I’m excited to start this new chapter in my career. My husband, Jeremy, and I have two boys: Bryce (7) and Nolan (1) and two dogs. I enjoy spending time outside with family, especially on Lake Redstone.