|Mrs. Cascio||Principalfirstname.lastname@example.org||I have been working in education since 2001. My degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. I have taught at the elementary level for 11 years at Jefferson Lighthouse Elementary a Gifted and Talented International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Racine, WI. While a teacher, I worked as a Juvenile Crisis counselor for Kenosha Human Development Services for 10 years. In 2012, I became the IB Coordinator and in 2013 the Principal at Jefferson Lighthouse. In 2015, I was appointed to the position of Directing Principal at McKinley Middle and International Baccalaureate World School in Racine, WI. I am delighted to now be serving as the Principal of Forest Park Elementary. I have three lovely girls and a wonderful husband that are also part of the Forest Park Family. I look forward to the amazing work ahead of us to ensure students achieve academic, social, and emotional success.|
|Mrs. Boscher||4Kemail@example.com||My name is Tracy Boscher and I became a teacher in 1991. I have taught second grade, Kindergarten and now Preschool. I earned my Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin Parkside and my Masters degree from National Louis University. I am married to my husband Chris and we have two children, Libby and Jack. I also have 2 dogs, both black labs. Some things I enjoy doing are reading, scrapbooking, cardmaking and walking. I believe that each child learns at his or her own pace and that childhood should be a journey, not a race.|
|Mrs. Lawler||4Kfirstname.lastname@example.org||I am excited to be a part of the great staff and families that make up the Forest Park community this year. I initially earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology through the University of Wisconsin Parkside. After graduating, I was an autism therapist for a few years and later began teaching for Even Start, an ELL family literacy program. It was through the Even Start program that I found a passion for Early Education. This ultimately led me on a journey back to school where I earned my Early Education license. I currently teach 4K at Whittier Elementary each morning and get to finish my afternoons here at Forest Park.
Family is very important to me. My husband and I have two amazing children that brighten my world every day. We enjoy spending time hiking, camping, going on road trips, and looking for adventure. I am eager to see what new adventures lie ahead this school year.
|Mrs. Lembke-Windler||4Kemail@example.com||Hi! I’m Teacher Nancy (Nancy Lembke-Windler). I am passionate that students with special education needs and students in general education should learn together in inclusive classrooms. I have been working toward this goal my entire teaching career. I am excited that this is my second year of teaming up with Tracy Boscher, general education teacher, and Jane Moddes, special education assistant, to create a preschool inclusive classroom that brings out the best in each student. Our curriculum is play-based, because children learn through play. Our classroom is a busy, fun place where students learn and explore and make friends at their own pace. I have been preparing for this dream since my first volunteer job as a camp counselor at Camp Wil-O-Way way back in 1965. I became a Registered Occupational Therapist in 1973 and received my certification to teach special education and regular education grades preschool through kindergarten in 1992. I received a Master’s Degree in 2003. A lot of my continuing education has focused on children with autism. I love data and building a relationship with my students and their families. My favorite week is when my family rents cabins in the north woods, and my three children and four grandkids are together, nurturing relationships and making memories.|
|Mrs. Reiter||Kindergartenfirstname.lastname@example.org||It has been my pleasure working in education since 1990. My degrees include a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with an early childhood emphasis. In 2006, I received my Master of Science in Teacher Leadership from Carthage College. I have been teaching kindergarten for 22 years with 20 of them at Forest Park Elementary School. I was a Reading Recovery Advocate (tutor) for first graders for seven years here at Forest Park. In addition, I was a math tutor for first and second graders for many years after school. I served as a cultural competency facilitator for four years. I was a Site Based Action Team member for a couple of years. In addition, I served on the Math Committee for the past two years. Also, for the past two years, I have been on the PBIS committee. Outside of school, for the past nine years, I have been a fundraiser for my son’s elementary school serving as the auction chair and serving on the Education Board. Additionally, I am the Secretary of the Westosha Booster Club at Central High School. For fun, I enjoy watching my three son’s play basketball and baseball while my husband coaches them. Forest Park is a wonderful school with excellent teachers and staff. It is a pleasure working here with the parents, students and staff of Forest Park.|
|Ms. Brand||1st Gradeemail@example.com||This is my 23 year teaching, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from UW-Stout and my Master’s degree in Teaching Leadership from St. Xavier. Prior to coming to coming to Forest Park, I taught Kindergarten for 18 years at Jefferson Elementary. I came to Forest Park 5 years ago as the Learning Facilitator. I then taught Kindergarten for a year and then looped with my students to 1st grade. I love teaching young children and forming positive relationships with them. The greatest reward is seeing former students and having them tell me how much they loved being in my class. When I’m not teaching, I like to spend time with my family. I have 2 boys, ages 12 and 14. We love traveling to Door County every summer and Phoenix in the Spring.|
|Mrs. Miller||1st Gradefirstname.lastname@example.org||I have been an educator since 1998. I graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders. During graduate school, I discovered my passion for working with young children and decided to pursue a career in elementary education. I taught 4th grade in Deerfield, WI for a year, 1st grade at St. Mary’s for a year, and I taught 1st grade for five years at Jefferson before taking two years off after having my twin daughters. Upon returning to Jefferson, I taught 3rd grade, 2nd grade, and most recently, Early Education for the past four years. I have a son and twin daughters whom I love to spend time with. I love knitting, cooking and baking, and dancing in my spare time.|
|Ms. Hackbarth||2nd Gradeemail@example.com|
|Mrs. Perugini||2nd Gradefirstname.lastname@example.org||I am happy to say that this is my 32nd year of teaching at Forest Park Elementary School! I taught eight years in first grade and now 24 years in second grade. I attended Kenosha public schools. In fact, I was a student at Forest Park from Kindergarten through fourth grade. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. I also received my Master of Science in Teacher Leadership from Carthage College. I have also been trained on being a cooperating teacher, and have had the pleasure of working with several student teachers over the years. In addition, I have tutored several students over the years in reading and math. When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a husband and two daughters, 28 and 25. I also have my little dog, Millie, that I look forward to seeing at the end of the day! I enjoy riding my bike, exercising with Mrs. Brinkman, spending time with family and friends, knitting, and crocheting. Forest Park has been my home for most of my life. I look forward to being with my students each day and bringing out the best in them. I try to make learning fun and take great pride in their accomplishments. Forest Park is a wonderful community of staff, students, and families.|
|Ms. Bart||3rd Gradeemail@example.com||
Hello Forest Park Families! My name is Kimberly Bart, and I am very excited to be a part of the Forest Park team.
I completed my undergrad at Carthage College, earning a Bachelors degree in Public Relations. I then completed my Masters program in Elementary Education at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. I live here in Kenosha with my boyfriend, Erik, and our puppy, Millie. When I’m not at school, I enjoy taking my puppy for walks, trying new recipes, and reading!
|Mrs. Coniker||3rd Gradefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs. Larkin||3rd Gradeemail@example.com||While working at Western Publishing Company, I was involved in planning children’s coloring and activity books. After working in the publishing field for several years I decided I wanted to work more directly with children and become a teacher. As a teacher, I try to help children acquire a love for learning. I let them know when they enter my classroom they can succeed. Most of my life, I too have been a student, I have completed an entrepreneurial training and consulting certification. I also have a reading teacher certification, a Master of Science degree in journalism, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications. My husband and I also have our own business teaching the game of chess to students in both the Racine and Milwaukee school districts. My son is also a Bilingual teacher at Rogers Street Academy in Milwaukee. As a child my parents and teachers instilled the importance of education in me. They helped me to develop a love for reading and learning. I’m constantly eager to learn something new. As a parent, I know the expectations, hopes, and dreams I have for my child, and I wish the same for the children that I teach. I try to be a teacher that makes learning fun. A teacher who in the long run makes a difference in a child’s life.|
|Mrs. Larson||4th Gradefirstname.lastname@example.org||WOW!!! I’m excited to be at Forest Park School teaching with a great staff and wonderful children for the past 28 years. I’ve taught first and second grades, but the majority of my teaching has been in fourth grade. I graduated from UW Parkside with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Elementary Education. I have also extended my education with a Master’s Degree focusing on creative writing from National Louis University. I have a family that is very important to me. I’m married to my husband, Tony, and we have two wonderful children – my daughter, Tara, and my son, Tanner. Our newest addition is a curious puppy named Tucker! The many activities I enjoy include – biking, playing volleyball, cooking, baking, reading, shopping, scrapbooking, and exercising. However, spending time with family is my most enjoyable activity! My passion is working with children and watching them grow and gain the confidence to become independent learners everyday!|
|Mrs. Olshefski||4th Gradeemail@example.com|
|Ms. Boresch||4th Gradefirstname.lastname@example.org||Hello, my name is Lauren Boresch! I am honored to be joining the Forest Park family this school year. I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, earning a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Elementary Education. I am so excited to begin my first year teaching. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, exercising, traveling, reading, attending country concerts, and watching baseball. I look forward to building relationships and sharing my enthusiasm with the students, families, and staff of Forest Park Elementary!|
|Mrs. Allen||5th Gradeemail@example.com||I received my Bachelor’s Degree in both Education and Psychology from UW-Parkside, and a Masters Degree in Curriculum Development and Instruction from National Louis University. I taught at St. George Catholic School for a year before joining the KUSD family at Washington Middle School where I taught Math and English. After three years, I transferred to Columbus Elementary School where I taught third and fourth grades for more than twenty years. After Columbus closed, I chose to join Bullen Middle School as an English and Social Studies teacher. Wanting to get back into elementary curriculum and instruction, I then transferred to Forest Park where I am in my third year of teaching fifth graders. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, walking, car shows and spending time with family and friends. Most importantly, my passion is helping all students reach their full potential.|
|Mr. Gotz||5th Gradefirstname.lastname@example.org||I received my Bachelors Degree in English from Marquette Univeristy in 2000. Upon graduation, I began my career in the Office of Student Life at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2008, I completed my Initial Teacher Certification at Cardinal Stritch Univerity. I began my teaching career at Columbus Elementary School. After Columbus closed, I went to All Saints Catholic School in Kenosha and taught 5th grade for four years. In 2013, I received my Master’s Degree in Teaching (MAT Program) at Cardinal Stritch University. In 2015, I was hired at Forest Park to be a 1st grade teacher, and this year I moved back to 5th grade. When I am not at school, my wife and I enjoy attending our three sons’ various soccer, baseball, and basketball games!|
|Mrs. Prior||5th Gradeemail@example.com||I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in German Cultural Studies (French Minor) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. In addition, I earned a Master’s Degree in Differentiated Instruction for at Risk Learners from Marian University in Fond du Lac. I am currently working on certification for the Gifted and Talented throught the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. My background in education includes serving as the Forest Park Instructional Coach 2012 – 2016. I previously taught at Jefferson Elementary for 16 years as a fifth grade classroom teacher. I have also taught 3rd, 4th and 6th grades and museum workshops on Space Education. I have several years experience as a restaurant manager and worked as the Executive Secretary for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. I spend summers living off the grid in Northern Ontario, Canada with my husband who runs a tourist camp. (I am an avid fisherman and summer hostess!) In the colder months, my husband runs back and forth between Kenosha, Western Canada and Alaska to work as a well site geologist. I am also the mother of a lovely daughter who resides in Burbank, California.|
|Mrs. Anderson||Social Workfirstname.lastname@example.org||I work in a dual capacity role at Forest Park. I have a Master’s Degree in School Social Work from U.W. Madison so I am the School Social Worker but I also work in the role of School Counselor at Forest Park. I am starting my 10th year working for Kenosha Unified and my 5th year at Forest Park School. Forest Park has always held a special place in my heart since this was my elementary school as a child. In my first four years in Kenosha Unified, I worked at a number of schools and sometimes moved between three schools in one year. It was like coming home when I was moved to Forest Park. Working in one school, has allowed me to see families and children grow and has been a wonderful experience. One of the best parts of my job is the variety of experiences that I get working the dual role at Forest Park. I am able to go into the classrooms to teach a Guidance Lesson each month but then I also get the opportunity to work with children in small groups and one to one. I am also happy to be the Internal Coach for the PBIS program at Forest Park which has provided me with a number of great experiences. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my two children, my husband, and I can’t forget my two dogs.|
|Mr. Bell||Special Educationemail@example.com||
|Mr. Biehn||Program Supportfirstname.lastname@example.org||My name is Jake Biehn and I am entering my 5th year as Forest Park’s Special Education Program Support Teacher. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree (2003) and Master’s Degree (2008) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I am entering my 13th year working in Kenosha Unified. Prior to taking this position, I served as a Special Education Teacher for 8 years at the Elementary Level. I have a 10 year old son and 7 year old daughter who keep us busy with sports, dancing and building lego sets! My lovely wife of 12 years is a special education teacher employed in Kenosha County. I look forward for the continued opportunity to support our students with special needs at Forest Park Elementary. My goal is to work closely with Forest Park families and students to ensure growth both educationally and personally, allowing our students succeed far beyond their time with us.|
|Mrs. Capobianco||Educational Assistantemail@example.com|
|Mrs. Ewens||Occupational Therapyfirstname.lastname@example.org||I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. My work experience includes working in a Hospital Setting for 8 years and then 29 years at Kenosha Unified School District servicing elementary, middle, and high school students. My goals are to collaborate/consult with staff & families to focus on the whole child; foster a love for learning through multi-sensory activities; promote functional independence for students; help regulate emotions and body awareness. I have been happily married for 33 years to my husband, Jeff, and have two wonderful children: a boy and a girl. My daughter is married and works as an Early Childhood Educator. My son lives in Denver, Colorado and works in finance. My hopes and beliefs are to work on creating relationships with students, families, and staff to foster a fun, learning environment for all students to succeed.|
|Mr. Freeman||Technology Supportemail@example.com||Although I have been working with technology for many years, I am a recent graduate of Herzing University – Kenosha. I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology. This is my first year with the school district and I am enjoying it very much. I will end my short bio with a helpful haiku: ‘Chaos reigns within. Reflect, repent, and reboot. Order shall return.’|
|Mrs. Garcia||Educational Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs. Gifford||Instructional Coachemail@example.com||I am a graduate of UW-Parkside and earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. I taught at Washington Middle School, Roosevelt Elementary, and then became a district Math Resource teacher. I received my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UW-Milwaukee and received my Administration Certification through Cardinal Stritch University. I left KUSD to pursue other professional opportunities in math education and am thrilled to be back in Kenosha. Being the building Instructional Coach allows me to work with many teachers and students each day as we all strive to learn more. My hobbies include camping with my family, taking walks by the lake, and supporting my two daughters in their sporting endeavors.|
|Mrs. Gordon||Musicfirstname.lastname@example.org||This is my 35th year of teaching music, and I love it even more now than when I began! I graduated from Luther College in 1981 with majors in Music and French, and minors in English, Religion, and Scandinavian Studies. In the summer, I live on Washington Island, where I teach Scandinavian folk dancing, direct a children’s music camp, and work with a young man with autism as his lead therapist. In my spare time, I enjoy choreographing musicals, singing in choir, reading, and any kind of water sport, and spending time with my family and friends. I love to cook and bake, and have a golden retriever and two cats. My husband teaches at Gateway Tech, and my two children, Ben and Elizabeth, are finishing up their college degrees. I believe you never stop learning, and there is always something wonderful and exciting to discover. Someday, I’d like to have sheep and learn to spin and weave.|
I was born and raised in Kenosha and attended Forest Park as a child. My parents have called me a professional student many times. I enjoy learning and going back to school, to be the best teacher I can be. I earned a biology degree from UW-Parkside in 2004. I worked for one year at the Medical College of Wisconsin, doing biological research. Then, in 2005, I began substitute teaching for KUSD and loved it. In 2007, I earned an elementary/middle school certification from Carthage College and began teaching full time. I earned my masters in education in Teacher Leadership in 2009, my reading license in 2010 and my ESL license in 2014. Who knows what I will learn next?!
I was married in 2015 to my wonderful husband, Harry. We welcomed our daughter, Grace, in July 2016. She is truly amazing. She teaches me new things every day. I love reading to her and making her laugh. It warms my heart to make her happy.
In my free time, I enjoy walking my crazy dog, Billie, and reading. I’m in a book club with my oldest friends, most of whom are teachers. I have read hundreds of books, but my favorite is still From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. I can’t wait to share it with Grace!
|Mrs. Knapp||Libraryemail@example.com||As a Forest Park alumnus, I am thrilled to be part of your child’s education. I obtained my teaching certifications in elementary education, social studies, and history from Carthage College and earned my Masters in Library and Information Science from UW Milwaukee.
I enjoy spending free time with my husband, three children, and two dogs.
Please contact me if you have any questions regarding library, books, Accelerated Reader, or the Forest Park Facebook page.
|Miss Librizzi||Special Educationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs. McDonald||Physical Educationemail@example.com|
|Mrs. Moddes||4K Educational Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org|| I grew up in Kenosha and graduated from Kenosha Unified School District in 1975. From there I attended the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and Gateway College. I have worked in early childhood for 27 years. I began by working in local day care centers and for the past 21 years I have been an ESP in the early childhood program at KUSD. While working for KUSD I have been able to earn my CDA and have been honored with a Certificate of Distinguished Service in 2004 by my colleagues.
I am a mother of two adult children, a son-in-law and a loyal hound dog. In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening and taking walks.
I hope to be able to teach academics, social skills and self care to early childhood students for years to come. My students will continue to teach me a life is full of possibilities.
|Mrs. Myrum||Musicemail@example.com||I am currently in my fourth year of public school teaching. I actually received my BS in Music Education, in 1997 from Messiah College, a private Christian College of the liberal arts and applied arts and sciences, located in Mechanicsburg, PA. After I graduated, my husband and I moved to Montana! While we lived there, I taught kdg-8th grade general music and choir at a small private school for about 2 years. After our son was born however, and we had moved here to WI, I decided it was time to switch careers to “stay at home mommy!” While home, I did keep the music flowing, by having a small studio out of my home to teach private voice lessons. I was fortunate enough to be at home with our (now) three kids until my youngest entered 3rd grade. At that point I decided it was time to be back in the classroom! I have thoroughly enjoyed this next stage of life. Being at two different schools (Forest Park and Jefferson), throughout the week to teach music, has been very rewarding. It’s not as crazy as it sounds! I have the opportunity to teach so many kids, and watch them grow in their knowledge and maturity. I get to know ALL of the students-not just one class! Now, I’m just looking forward to what the future brings my way!|
|Mrs. Herron||Artfirstname.lastname@example.org||My name is Erica Herron. I’ve been teaching since 2002. I earned my bachelor degree from University of Wisconsin-Parkside and my masters degree of Instructional Technology from Cardinal Stritch University. I taught at Vernon elementary school for 10 years and Lance middle school for 5 years. I truly enjoyed both my teaching experiences. I look forward to coming back to elementary and teaching art. My goal is to build student’s knowledge in art through giving them experiences with different art mediums and exposing them to art history. Teaching children is my passion and I love to see them blossom. When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a wonderful husband and two adult children, 27 and 22, my 2 dogs. My 27 year old is a special education teacher living in Houston Texas and my 22 is finishing his last year in college at St. Cloud State University. I look forward to a wonderful teaching year at Forest Park.|
|Ms. Peters||Special Educationemail@example.com||Leslie Peters is a certified teacher in the area of special education with a Master of Arts in Reading from Northeastern University. As a special educator for fifteen years, she has worked extensively with students with various learning abilities. She is trained in a research-based literacy program including The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Writing Project. Leslie is committed to building a strong professional learning community that advocates for children.|
|Mrs. Santelli||Speechfirstname.lastname@example.org||I graduated from the University of Illinois-Champaign in 1992 with a Masters in Speech and Hearing Science. I began my career in the medical field and then began to work in the field of education during the 1999-2000 school year. I have worked in many of the Kenosha elementary schools and this is my second year on staff at Forest Park Elementary. While completeing my Master’s degree I became a firefighter/paramedic with the Village of Pleasant Prairie and worked for the village for 26+ years until my retirement in the summer of 2015. My husband and I have a teenage daughter and two grade school sons. I love interacting with students and families and am looking forward to a fabulous year of learning|
|Mrs. Scarmado||Artemail@example.com||Hello there! I am Ms. Scarmardo, one of the new art teachers at Forest Park. I teach at Forest Park on Tuesdays and teach the rest of the week at Brass Community School. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1989 from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I received my teaching credentials from Carthage College and Master’s Degree from National Louis University in Curriculum and Instruction. I taught in the early 90’s in Highland Park, IL before taking a “teaching break” to stay home with my young children. I have been teaching in Kenosha Unified since 2000. I have taught elementary art in many buildings over the years including Jane Vernon, KSOL, Durkee, Lincoln, EBSOLA, Jefferson and currently….Brass and Forest Park. I have had a wonderful time getting to know your students and sharing with them my passion for art. When I am not teaching….I am busy being mom to my 3 children. I have a son at U.W. Plattteville, and a son and daughter at Bradford.|
|Mrs. Sterling||Libraryfirstname.lastname@example.org||I am an attorney who retired to become a stay-at-home mom. I had been an active volunteer, serving as Secretary and Co-Treasurer of the Forest Park School Association (FPSA). In 2013, I welcomed the opportunity to return to work as Forest Park’s Library Assistant. Libraries are one of my favorite places – I love books and reading. Lois Ehlert is a favorite author and illustrator of mine. In my free time I enjoy knitting, scrapbooking and cheering on the Packers. My husband and I have one son and we enjoy traveling and hanging out together. We recently welcomed Chester, an orange tabby kitten, to our home. What I liked most about the practice of law was the chance to help people solve their problems. So if you have a problem finding a good book, come see me for a suggestion!|
|Mrs. Vanderford||Physical Educationemail@example.com||Hi Forest Park Families! I am a born and raised Kenosha girl. I received my education in KUSD and went on to get my Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health at Carthage College where I played Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton and Softball. I later continued my education at National Louis University where I received my Master’s degree. I have been teaching at several different schools in Kenosha for over 30 years and served as the Consultant for Physical Education and Health for eight years. My time here at Forest Park is definitely one of most enjoyable. My husband, Danny and I were blessed with 4 amazing daughters who have now started their own lives. We enjoy raising chickens as a hobby and have 4 dogs and 2 cats. I enjoy working out, riding my bike, hunting, fishing, cooking and watching the Green Bay Packers.|
|Mrs. Voigt||Psychologistfirstname.lastname@example.org||I have been educated as a school psychologist since 1995 with a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from UW-Milwaukee. I have worked in 13 schools in Kenosha Unified with a mixture of grade levels and programs. I spent my first year in Milwaukee Public Schools. My educational mission is rooted in special education and our abilities to ensure that everyone gets to succeed and progress in school with a focus on academic skills and social/behavioral skills.|
|Ms. Zigmond||Health Infoemail@example.com|