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New teachers ready in New London

Eight new teachers are ready to meet students in the School District of New London this year. The following information was obtained from a survey sent out by the County Post East to help introduce the new teachers to our readers.

Debra Deforter

Speech and Language Services, Intermediate Building and Parkview

Doforter holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Speech and Language Pathology. She has four years experience in Reedsburg and spent nine years with Weyauwega-Fremont.

“I love working with students to help them be successful in their studies,” she said. “My goals are to get to know students and families and to help them learn. I am also excited to work with new people and be part of the New London team of educators.”

Traci Diehl

Early Childhood and CDS, High School

Diehl has a Bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy. She has 12 years experience in geriatric rehab and occupational therapy, and 10 years experience as a Musikgarten instructor.

“Through music, movement and sensory integration, I will encourage children to reach their goals and maximum potential for success,” she said. “We will have lots of fun.”

Joanna Ledgerwood

Freshman English, High School

Ledgerwood has a Bachelors degree in Education from Maranatha College. She has one semester of experience, plus student teaching and summer school teaching experience.

“I am excited to get to know the New London community and build relationships with students, parents and colleagues,” said Ledgerwood. “I enjoy helping students to hone their English skills and watching them succeed in all areas of their lives.”

Kristen Lozo

Third grade teacher at Parkview Elementary; Eighth grade volleyball coach

Lozo has a Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Elementary Education 1-8 and a minor in Language Arts. She is a first year teacher who has been subbing in the district since 2009.

“I most enjoy building connections with students and watching them grow as individuals and lifelong learners,” said Lozo. “My goals are to inspire a love of learning through a variety of activities and experiences and to help each student find success in third grade.”

Erin Miller

Early Childhood, High School

Miller has an Early Childhood: EEN teaching degree from the University of Wisconson-Stevens Point. She has been an early childhood teacher for the past 15 years.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with the children of New London,” said Miller. “I look forward to all the fun we are going to have learning together! I love working with children every day, exploring new avenues of learning and preparing them for future success. I hope to foster a love of learning with my students.”

Stephanie Ross

Fifth Grade Special Education, Intermediate School

Ross has a teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She has been a Special Education teacher in Fond du Lac for two years.

“My goals for the year are to build upon what the students already know by building a working relationship so that the tasks will be easier to achieve for each student,” said Ross. “I expect students to expand their knowledge and help difficult situations become easier.”

Greg Shepard

Eighth Grade Math, Middle School

Shepard holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has two years experience teaching in Oconto.

“I enjoy helping students attain goals they set for themselves,” said Shepard. “I want to help students become better at math, while creating a fun learning environment for them.”

Alisha Wichman

Speech and Language, Lincoln and Readfield Elementary

Wichman graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in May with a Master’s degree in speech language pathology. She completed her externship in the New London School District.

“My main goal is to get to know the students, their families, and fellow staff to help each child be successful,” Wichman stated. “I’m looking forward to overcoming the new challenges I will face as a first year speech language pathologist. I love working with children who have a variety of strengths and weaknesses and capitalizing on their strengths to help them with the areas in which they need to improve.”

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