New London schools hire staff
Eight new certified teachers
By John Faucher
The New London School District recently welcomed eight new certified staff members.
Six of the newly hired staff will fill teaching positions at the high school and intermediate/middle school and two will fill positions at district elementary schools for the 2022-23 school year.
Tori Tayek will teach Special Education IDS classes at Lincoln Elementary School.
Tayek is a 2017 New London High School graduate. She pursued her education degree and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2021.
Tayek has worked as a Para educator and substitute teacher since graduation.
She found her passion for teaching while serving as a teacher’s assistant in a 4K classroom during her junior year of high school.
“Getting to work with those students, building relationships, and helping them learn and grow is what inspired me for my future career path,” said Tayek.
As a first year teacher, she is looking forward to getting to know her students and co-workers and finding the best teaching strategies for her students. She plans to be involved in extracurricular activities within her school community.
Tiffany Klemp is a Clintonville native.
She obtained her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from UW-Madison where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders as well as human development and family studies.
Klemp will teach multi-age levels at Lincoln Elementary school as a speech-language pathologist. She will work directly with students to foster their means of communication in order to support them in the academic environment.
Klemp said she is looking forward to getting to meet the students, teachers and family members she will be working with this school year.
Middle school staff
Trevor Wetzel is a Fremont native.
He will teach eighth-grade mathematics at New London Intermediate/Middle School.
Wetzel obtained his bachelor’s degree in sports management from UW-La Crosse and his mathematics certification from the American Board Society.
Wetzel has taught two years as a substitute teacher and formerly served as box office manager with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Wetzel said he became a teacher after he realized how much he enjoyed working with students and helping them become better both inside and outside of the school setting.
Wetzel said he also enjoys working with student athletes in football, baseball and weight lifting.
Miranda Stern is a Hortonville native.
She will teach fifth grade science at New London Intermediate/Middle School.
Stern received her bachelor’s degree and teaching certification from UW-Oshkosh.
She taught six years at Most Precious Blood Parish Catholic School.
Stern said science is a hands-on learning experience and one of her goals this year is to have more interactive lessons.
“I love to learn new things and make a positive difference in my student’s lives,” said Stern.
Brooke Ritchie is a New London native.
She will teach seventh grade English Language Arts at New London Intermediate/Middle School.
Ritchie received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Platteville where she majored in middle level education and a minor in interdisciplinary studies.
She has previously taught eight years in Clintonville. Ritchie also spent one year teaching English in South Korea.
She also tutored chemistry students during college.
“I love helping people understand topics in a way that makes sense to them,” said Ritchie.
She is looking forward to making connections with her students and fellow teachers at the intermediate/middle school.
Alissa Davis is originally from Spencer Wisconsin.
She will teach reading assessment and differentiation at New London Intermediate Middle School.
Davis earned her bachelor’s degree and teaching certification at UW-Oshkosh.
She taught eighth grade language arts at Berlin Middle School for seven years.
Davis said she became a teacher to help empower students to achieve their dreams.
“My passions involve literacy and serving rural districts. Thank you for welcoming me into your community,” said Davis.
High School staff
Robert Smith will teach art at New London High School this year.
Smith grew up with parents in education. He said he pursued his career path because he enjoyed the family time that being a teacher allows.
Smith earned his bachelor’s degree at UW-Madison and a master’s at Marion University.
He previously served as art teacher at New London High School from 2000-15 and at Hortonville High School from 2015-22.
Smith said he is looking forward to giving students a fun and challenging experience this school year.
Jason Liegl will teach pre-algebra and algebra at New London High School this year.
Liegl earned his bachelor’s degree in math education and computer information systems and his master’s in math education from UW-River Falls.
He taught in the Weyauwega-Fremont School District for 20 years. In addition, he has served as a CAPP teacher through UW-Oshkosh teaching calculus, statistics, pre-calculus, algebra 2, algebra, pre-algebra and high school math.
Liegl has also taught College tech math through Fox Valley Technical College.