Hortonville welcomes new teachers
New staff at North Greenville, Greenville, Hortonville elementary schools
By John Faucher
The Hortonville Area School District welcomed twelve new elementary teachers at the start of the 2020-21 school year.
The new staff members will serve students at North Greenville Elementary School, Hortonville Elementary and Greenville Elementary schools.
North Greenville Elementary
Lynn Relien returns to her hometown school district with 12 years teaching experience in the field of special education. Relien is a University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse graduate and will teach 3K and 4K Special Ed students at North Greenville Elementary School.
Relien said she enjoys watching students grow in their learning and she is looking forward to making meaningful connections with her students.
Katherine Fischer earned her Bachelor’s degree from UW-Eau Claire and will join staff at North Greenville Elementary School as a first year teacher. Fischer will teach first grade. She said she is looking forward to learning from and working with staff to make a difference in student’s lives.
Danielle Pluta will teach second grade students at NGES. She earned her degree from Western Illinois University and has previous teaching experience with fifth grade, first grade and third grade students. Pluta said she enjoys making each day a new learning adventure, and she’s looking forward to helping students have a successful and fun year of learning.
Paige Hotovec returns to her hometown school district with three years teaching experience in the Clintonville School District. Hotovec graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a dual major in Elementary and Special Education. Hotovec will teach third grade at NGES. She said she enjoys helping kids to foster curiosity and wonder in their everyday life. This school year she’s looking forward to reaching every student, everyday no matter what their learning looks like, virtual or in-house.
Hannah Hoffman is a Lawrence University graduate with previous experience serving families and their children as a nanny. The Appleton native will teach second grade at GES. Hoffman said she enjoys being with children and watching them grow. She’s looking forward to making her classroom and Greenville Elementary School feel like a second home and learning as much as she can along with her students.
Kristle Ley is a UW-Stevens-Point graduate with previous work experience teaching special education, 4K and kindergarten students. Ley will teach kindergarten at GES. She said she enjoys getting to see the smiles and successes in every child.
Tess Engelland in a UW-Eau Claire graduate with 11 years previous teaching experience with fourth, fifth and sixth grade students. Engelland will teach fourth grade students at GES. She said she enjoys seeing the love of learning within kids and seeing them when “the lightbulb goes on.” Engelland said she looks forward to making connections with kids and families and in the community this year.
Dani Knowski is a UW-Whitewater graduate with six years of previous teaching experience. Knowski will teach first grade at GES. She said she enjoys watching the kids grow and looks forward to making sure they enjoy school and see it as a safe and positive place.
Tiffany Baumgart is a UW-Oshkosh graduate with a dual major in education and special education. Baummgart is a New London native and has eight years previous experience working with the Outagamie County early intervention program. She will teach special education at GES and is looking forward to connecting with and helping children learn and grow.
Brittnee Freund is a Marian University graduate with a degree in elementary and early childhood education. Freund has two years experience working in 4K/Enrichment at St. Mary Springs Academy in Fond du Lac. She will teach kindergarten at GES. She said enjoys having a positive impact on the lives of future generations and is looking forward to getting to know the school community while having fun learning.
Lindsay Bucholz is a UW-Oshkosh graduate with three years previous 4K teaching experience. Bucholz is a New London native and will teach in-person and virtual 4K students at Hortonville Elementary School and all of HASD. She said she enjoys watching kids learn new things and get excited about school and learning. She is looking forward to helping children achieve their goals both in the classroom and virtually.
Jenna Jansen is a UW-Stevens Point graduate with a dual major in elementary and special education. She has three years previous experience teaching 4K in Luxemburg. Jansen will teach early childhood and special education at HES. She said she was looking forward to getting back to school and spending time with students again.