School district welcomes new staff

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Kohler Schools is back in session and the district would like to introduce its newest staff members

Mary Eldridge, high school science teacher

Hello! I am Mary Eldridge and I will be serving the Kohler community as a science teacher. I am grateful for the opportunity to teach physical science (9th grade), honors biology and biology (10th grade), and AP Biology (11th and 12th grade). My passion for teaching is founded in my love of learning. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and I received my M.D. at the Medical College of Wisconsin. After training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, I returned to my hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin, to run my own clinical lipidology practice. In addition to practicing medicine, I worked with my sister Kathleen on developing lessons, experiments, and activities for her middle school science students. When I realized that I wanted to devote my own life to education, I went back to school and earned my post-baccalaureate teaching certification at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in Biology, Chemistry, and Broad Field Science. Before joining the faculty of Kohler High School, I taught biology at Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisconsin. In addition to teaching science in the classroom, I coached students as a Robot Design and Manufacturing Teacher Mentor for FIRST® Robotics Competition Team #4786 Nicolet FEAR. I look forward to helping all of my students achieve success as they strive to meet and exceed their goals.

Jessica Ott, high school art teacher
Hello! My name is Jessica Ott. I was born and raised in Plymouth, WI. I attended college at UW-La Crosse and got my K-12 Art Teaching degree. After graduation, I taught K-8 Art in Little Chute for five years, 9-12 Art in Neenah (St. Mary Catholic High School) for the last four years, and I also have worked at Festival Foods for the last 12 years. I make and sell my pottery year round. It is definitely one of my favorite things to do whenever I have free time. I also love taking photos and teaching photography. I have learned so much through teaching and from my students in the last four years. I have been married for 9 years. We have the coolest kiddo named Sawyer, and we have two fluffy, fat cats (Hannah & Jaz). I love going to concerts, taking photos, and teaching. I am beyond excited to start teaching at Kohler. I am also assistant coaching the girls swim team this season! Feel free to stop in and say hello! I am excited to meet everyone! I look forward to many years of fun and learning at Kohler!

Laura Prickett, Occupational Therapist
Hello. My name is Laura Prickett. I am excited to be the new Occupational Therapistfor the Kohler School District. I earned my BS in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary University and my Masters in Special Education from UW-Madison. I have twelve years of OT experience working with children in grades 3K-12 in the Racine Unified School District. I also have clinical experience in physical rehabilitation and a pediatric clinic with children 0-3 years old.  My husband and I live in Grafton with our two teenagers. I am deeply committed to delivering quality occupational therapy and achieving each student’s educational goals. Communication is a huge part of a student’s success and I look forward to working closely with staff and parents to help each student succeed. I want this to be a productive, challenging, and an enjoyable school year for all of my students.

Kathy Miller, district nurse
Hello Kohler School District families. My name is Kathy Miller and I am so pleased to be the new district school nurse for Kohler Public Schools.  I grew up in the Chicago area and relocated to Fond du lac, Wisconsin where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, married, and moved to the Sheboygan area. My husband, Dave, and I now enjoy lake living in Cascade. We enjoy family time with our grown children, Kara (Brian), and Kurt (Andrea), and three adorable grandsons, Charlie, Tanner, and Eli. I consider myself a lifelong learner, love reading, and am also studying to become certified as a health and wellness coach and school nurse. I have been fortunate to work in many settings during my nursing career – hospital, home, clinic, and corporate. I have worked as a bedside nurse, a nursing educator, a care management nurse, a supervisor, manager, and most recently as a Director of Nursing. As you can tell, I have been a nurse for many years, and it is my special interest in pediatric and adolescent nursing that led me here. Because Dave and his three brothers grew up in Kohler, I also have been familiar with Kohler Schools for many years through family and friends, and I cannot imagine a better group of educators, parents and students!   My goals are to team with you and your child’s teachers to ensure your student’s health and safety while they are at school, protect and promote student health, and facilitate optimal development to advance academic success. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.   I am looking forward to meeting you, so please feel free to introduce yourself if you see me on campus! Being part-time (about 35%), I am not at school all day every day. My usual schedule is published on our district website and I am available during other times by appointment. Here’s to a happy and healthy school year!

Jeff Anderson, high school chemistry and physics
My name is Jeff Anderson and I am looking forward to teaching the chemistry and physics courses this fall. I grew up in Madison and received my degree from UW-Madison in 1970 (yes, the year the university got national recognition for all the wrong reasons). With a major in chemistry, a minor in physics and a strong desire to teach, I was able to go back to school and within a year was certified. In 1973 I came to Sheboygan and taught chemistry at North High for 13 years. I then transferred to South High and taught physics for 25 years, retiring in 2011. The following school year I started subbing and found my passion. Subbing is like having grandchildren, you can have all the fun with them and then return them to their parents for all the rest. With subbing, I enjoy being able to teach a variety of subjects and learning something new every day. I was so willing to sub that I often found myself teaching long term assignments. During the 2015-2016 school year I returned to South High for a full-time position in physics and CAPP physics. I would have to say that I failed retirement! After the 2016 school year, I decided that my full-time teaching career was over and wanted to get back to part-time subbing and then Kohler called! I consider this my dream job. Not only will I be teaching my two favorite subjects, but I will be working with a great group of students. Maybe this will be my last year teaching full-time; maybe I was waiting for an assignment like this; or maybe I was “saving the best for last.”

Meredith Behler, Special Education
My name is Meredith Behler and I am thrilled to be the new part-time special education teacher at Kohler Elementary School.  Prior to accepting this position in the Kohler School District, I spent the last 12 years staying home with my children. Davis (12), Clark (10), and Maggie (8) are students in the Kohler School District.  My husband, Jeremy, works at Sargento. We moved to the Village of Kohler from Cincinnati, OH three years ago.      I received my bachelor’s degree in special education from Indiana University. I also hold a master’s in counseling from Xavier University. Before staying home with my children, I taught for several years in Ohio, Michigan and Colorado. Most recently, I served on the Kohler Board of Education from 2016-2017.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the school board, but I am thrilled to get back in the classroom!

Bob Bruch, Technical Ed.
Hello, my name is Bob Bruch and I am the new technical education (Tech Ed) teacher at Kohler High School.  I’ve been teaching for over 20 years at Whitefish Bay High School and Homestead High School in Mequon and I am excited to bring my years of experience to Kohler.  I taught social studies for about 15 years and have lately taught wood shop, metal shop and several branches of engineering (mechanical, electrical, structural and civil) at the high school level with Project Lead the Way. I would like to keep the best parts of the current Tech Ed program at Kohler Schools thriving, while introducing some new courses, topics, and equipment to modernize our offerings. I hope to prepare our students for work in the 21st century, while keeping some of the Tech Ed “classics” alive and well so everyone has a chance to pursue technical education for as far as they wish.

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