New staff members at KASD this year include (back row, from left) Corey Baumgartner (High School principal), Brian Peterson (HS Spanish), Keri Lau (Middle School secretary), David Heimann (HS Social Studies), Kevin Schwinn (director of building and grounds), Peter Kruger (HS English), Christina Blindauer (HS Family Consumer Science), and Sue Casper (Early Childhood paraprofessional); and (front) Donna Dreger (HS Special Education paraprofessional), Anne Lambert (Meeme 4K), Melanie Gross (Zielanis administrative secretary), Kathy Schaefer (HS Special Education paraprofessional), Mesha Abler (HS assistant cook), and Tavia Manz (MS Special Education).<br /><!-- 1upcrlf -->Eric Mathes photo
New staff members at KASD this year include (back row, from left) Corey Baumgartner (High School principal), Brian Peterson (HS Spanish), Keri Lau (Middle School secretary), David Heimann (HS Social Studies), Kevin Schwinn (director of building and grounds), Peter Kruger (HS English), Christina Blindauer (HS Family Consumer Science), and Sue Casper (Early Childhood paraprofessional); and (front) Donna Dreger (HS Special Education paraprofessional), Anne Lambert (Meeme 4K), Melanie Gross (Zielanis administrative secretary), Kathy Schaefer (HS Special Education paraprofessional), Mesha Abler (HS assistant cook), and Tavia Manz (MS Special Education).
Eric Mathes photo
A few new faces will join the teaching staff at the Kiel Area School District for the 2013-'14 school year.
Some of the incoming teachers have been substitutes for the district over the last year or two, but others are completely new to the area.
Following is some information to get to know the new staff a little better.

Christina Blindbauer
Blindbauer is originally from Madison and will be teaching Family and Consumer Science at the High School.
She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2003, obtaining a bachelor of science degree in Education in Family Consumer Education. Blindbauer earned her master of science degree in Professional Counseling from Concordia University in 2012.
Hobbies and interests: "I like to read, garden and cook."
Looking forward to most about the upcoming school year: "The experience of teaching in one building, as well as learning about the community and school."

Sue Casper
Casper is a Kiel native who has lived in the area for her entire life. She will be joining the district as an Early Childhood paraprofessional working in the Kindergarten room.
Hobbies and interests: "The thing I love to do is spend time with my family, especially the grandkids. I also enjoy my early morning bike rides."
Looking forward to most about the upcoming school year: "I am very excited to join the Kindergarten classroom this coming year. I have worked at all three schools the past two years and really enjoy working at the elementary level."

Donna Dreger
Dreger has been subbing for the past eight years in the Kiel School District but will join the High School staff this year as a Special Education paraprofessional. Dreger is originally from Gillett.
Hobbies and interests: "I am an avid reader. I also like to garden, swim and camp."
Looking forward to most about the upcoming school year: "I am looking forward to being a part of a team that helps students prepare for a future beyond high school. I enjoy working with students and being a positive influence."

David Heimann
Heimann spent the last two years as a substitute teacher in his hometown of Kiel. He said he is eager to spend the upcoming year teaching Social Studies at the High School.
Heimann graduated from Kiel High School in 2005 and headed to UW-Stevens Point where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Social Studies and Biology.
Hobbies and interests: "I enjoy hunting, shooting sports, and spending time with friends and family in the outdoors."
Looking forward to most about the upcoming school year: "I am looking forward to working with the staff and students at KHS and being an integral part of the community."

Peter Kruger
Kruger will be joining the High School staff this year teaching English. Originally from Mayville, Kruger earned his bachelor of arts degree in English Education, with a minor in Music, from UW-Stevens Point in 2008.
Hobbies and interests: "I enjoy astronomy, wood working, writing, anything outdoors, and motorcycles...too many to count!"
Looking forward to most about the upcoming school year: "I'm looking forward to everything!"

Anne Lambert
Lambert, a Plymouth native, said she is looking forward to joining the staff at Meeme teaching 4K.
She earned a bachelor of science in Business Administration at Marian College in Fond du Lac and a bachelor of science degree in Education from UW-Oshkosh in 2013.
Hobbies and interests: "I love to read, swim, and camp. I also enjoy spending time with my family."
Looking forward to most about the upcoming school year: "I am looking forward to teaching in my own classroom and working for a supportive district. I can't wait to meet the kids."

Tavia Manz
Manz grew up in Elkhart Lake but will be teaching fifth and seventh grade Special Education at Kiel Middle School this year.
She is a 2011 graduate of Lakeland College and earned her Special Education certification from the St. Mary University Norda 10 SPED program this past March.
Hobbies and interests: "I enjoy watching my children play sports, reading, and walking."
Looking forward to most about the upcoming school year: "Working with other professionals to improve student learning."

Brian Peterson
Peterson is originally from Marshfield and will be teaching Spanish this year at Kiel.
He earned his bachelor of arts in Spanish Education from UW-Green Bay in 2004 and his master of arts in School Counseling from the University of Phoenix in 2008.
Hobbies and interests: "I am an assistant coach for cross country this year. I love being outside, hiking, skiing, and running. I love spending time with my family."
Looking forward to most about the upcoming school year: "I was a long-term sub last year. I am looking forward to working with the students I know and meeting all my new students. It's going to be a great year."

Kathy Schaefer
Schaefer joins Kiel High School this year as a Special Education paraprofessional.
Originally from Milwaukee, Schaefer lived in Cleveland, Ohio and Topeka, Kan. for over 20 years before returning to the area nearly four years ago. She went to school at UW-Milwaukee to study sign language.
Hobbies and interests: "I coach freshman girls volleyball at Plymouth High School and I love to read, cook, garden, and play cards and games.
Looking forward to most about the upcoming school year: "I am looking forward to getting to know the students that I will be working with."


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