I am so fortunate to be part of the RVA community! I have been teaching special education at the middle school level for 9 years in traditional schools. I taught in Wisconsin and Georgia, and covered nearly every category and class possible. I absolutely LOVE working with each of my students and their families as well as collaborating with my colleagues and learning new strategies to provide the best possible education for each student. When I'm not teaching I can be found curled up under a blanket with a good book, running, hiking, camping, gardening, and cooking. All of these things I do with my two "favorites" - my husband and my dog!
My name is Ryan Bloom and currently teach science at Stratford Middle School and High School. I also teach a blended science course for the RVA with both Stratford and RVA students. I began my teaching career in Weyerhaeuser, WI and transferred to Stratford in 2000. I been teaching with RVA since 2014 and have loved the experience. I also coach varsity football and baseball in Stratford and have for many years. I love being active doing things outdoors: camping, sports, hunting, fishing, and many many others. My passion is golf. I've been playing since I was 8 years old and try to play as much as I can when I'm not teaching, coaching or being a dad. I'm really looking forward to another school year with RVA.
I am blessed to be part of the RVA family! Prior to becoming an RVA teacher in August of 2017 I worked with PreK-fourth grade students for eight years in traditional elementary classrooms. Personalized learning and educational technology are two true passions of mine, making the RVA feel just like home. When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with my husband, Frank, and our two children, Kanen and Kensley. I also love taking our yellow lab, Jake, for runs, camping, reading, gardening, and coming up with fun DIY projects around our house!
I have been teaching in the RVA since Spring of 2012. I previously taught in building 8th grade special education. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Stevens Point in Exceptional Education and a Master of Arts in Education focusing on Educational Technology from Marion University. I teach special education at the high school level, primarily working with students in grades 11 and 12 with cross-categorical needs. I feel very fortunate to be a part of a great team of staff in the RVA. I believe in the RVA's approach to education; relationships come first and individualized student education. I truly enjoy getting to know each of my students and their families and have made lasting relationships with my students outside of graduation. I take great satisfaction in working with each of my students to help them achieve their goals they set forth and see their full potential. The beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin is where I call home and grew up. I love to be outside, and enjoy many outdoor activities such as kayaking, swimming, fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, gardening, and hiking. Most of all, I love spending time with my husband and two children.
I joined RVA in the fall of 2017 and love working here! It's a great school. Prior to joining RVA, I taught for 14 years at another virtual school, and before that, I taught for several years in traditional classroom settings. I have three adult children and a stepdaughter who is just about to leave the nest! My husband, stepdaughter, two cats, and I live near Bloomer. I enjoy reading, sewing, and DIY projects of all kinds.
My name is Josh Duwe and I am honored to be part of the RVA instructional team. I have taught math for 13 years and love the challenge it offers while developing problem solving skills, logic and reasoning, perseverance, and brain growth. I believe when we change how we see things, the things we see change. Increased math awareness allows for broadening perspective in all facets of life. In my personal time I enjoy any outdoor activities that get my heart rate up. Single track mountain bike riding is one of my favorites. If I am not getting my heart rate up or building something I enjoy reading material to encourage my own personal development as well as to learn new activities such as cheese making. I love to play instruments, sing, and make music with others. It brings me great joy to learn and grow with those around me. I look forward to the future and the chance to meet so many people seeking this great opportunity in education. It is my privilege to be part of this community and I couldn't be more excited to get started.
Upon graduating from UW-Oshkosh, I began my teaching career in a small rural Catholic school, Holyland Catholic School, where I taught kindergarten for one year. I then accepted a position at New Holstein Elementary School where I taught kindergarten for two years and first grade for four years. I am so grateful to be a part of the RVA family!
Teaching is my true passion and couldn't imagine doing any other career. My other hobbies include spending time outdoors (fishing, landscaping, taking walks, campfires), traveling, and being with my husband, Jared, our two-year old son, Bensen, our two dogs, Murray and Tillie, and our fat cat, Josie!
I feel very auspicious to be teaching Special Education for the Rural Virtual Academy. I previously taught high school Special Education at the Medford Senior High School for three years. Prior to Medford I havd taught students from elementary to high school, with learning, emotional, behavioral, or intellectual disabilities, as well as autism, ADHD, and other health impairments. Being a part of the RVA, I am looking forward to working with students and their families, building close relationships and helping achieve goals. Education is a true passion of mine and I continuously strive to find ways to help make learning interesting and something all my students can do! In my spare time, I am an outdoors enthusiast! I enjoy kayaking, exploring state parks, hiking, swimming, coaching softball, and snowshoeing in the winter months. I like to play all sorts of card games, read, and catch the latest movie. I love spending time with my family the most. My husband and I have three children, Dakota, Makita, Naquene, two dogs, Rocki and Snoopi, and one kitten, Charlie. Dakota is a 5th graders and Makita and Naquene are identical twins and are 3rd graders. My family keeps me quite busy!
I am so excited to begin my journey with RVA! I have been a special education teacher for 11 years for grades 6-12 and in that time have obtained my masters degree in educational psychology as well as several certificates including online learning! I believe in a student centered approach to learning and am passionate about creating a customized approach for each student. As an educator my focus is on online learning as well as project based learning and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you. I share my love of students and teaching with my five children and husband. Together we spend our time outdoors hiking, swimming, and exploring new adventures!
I have been teaching in the RVA since Spring 2011. I have taught pre K- high school in the brick and mortar school as well as adaptive physical education, and health, I've also coached at one point or another volleyball, basketball, softball and cross country. I enjoy the outdoors and being active. I live in the Medford area with my husband. I enjoy getting to know students and families in the RVA and learning all the wonderful things students are involved in. There are amazing students in the RVA and I look forward to learning from them.
I am a person who loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, fishing, kayaking, hunting, and cross country skiing. For that reason I recently moved to St. Germain Wisconsin. I also have a passion for reading history, psychology, and sociology books. I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Superior with a bachelors degree in psychology. Also, I have a broad field social studies teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and a Master degree in Educational Technology from Marian University in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin. Before I started with the RVA I was taught a variety of subjects including Dual Credit Psychology, Sociology,and Modern US History for nineteen years at Mosinee High School. During my time at Mosinee I was a football and baseball coach, and I also was the yearbook advisor. I have a passion for the education for your child and will do everything I can to help them be successful in the RVA!
I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Rural Virtual Academy! I previously taught in a brick and mortar setting for seven years teaching cross-categorical special education in an elementary and middle school setting. Teaching is my passion and what I love to do! I enjoy working alongside families and strive to make learning fun and exciting! Currently, I have the best of both worlds and get to share my love of teaching with the students and families I work with in the RVA and also in teaching my own children from home! This is my fifth year of teaching special education for the Rural Virtual Academy where I specialize in grades PreK through 5th. In addition, this will be our sixth year of homeschooling through the RVA. My husband, Corey, and I have two boys, Seth, age 11, and Rolyn, age 9, and a girl, Myra, age 6. Aside from teaching, I enjoy hunting, kayaking, competing in races, playing piano and guitar, reading, scrap-booking, and spending time with my family and friends!
I have been a teacher for the RVA for 3 years and counting! I am proud to be part of a school which serves families in such a unique way. Before joining the RVA family, I taught in the brick and mortar classroom for 4 years at various levels (1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th). I love working with children, my students and families in the RVA, and running various clubs for our school! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, adventuring outdoors, and meeting new people! I have one son, Jake, and a dog, Rhuby. Should we get the chance to meet, be sure to ask about the spelling of Rhuby's name :)
Academic Background My name is Casey Kopp. I grew up in Woodbury Minnesota and throughout life I have often taken the path less traveled. After high school I went to the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg Canada and completed a B.A. in history and philosophy. I always assumed I would end up teaching in some capacity however, after getting my B.A. I decided that I did not want to teach at a college level. As such, I spent a year working after returning from Canada and deciding what career path I should take. Throughout my life I have had many jobs and I have worked with people from all walks of life. Thus far every experience I have had has lead me towards teaching. My favorite part of any job I have had is when I get to train in my replacement. Even if I did not enjoy a job, I still liked teaching people the skills required to perform the job. As such, I returned to school in the hopes of getting my teaching license and I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. I majored in broad field social studies and I acquired my teaching license in the social studies field. Personal Background I have always loved to read and learn new things. I primarily read Sci-Fi and Fantasy for fun as well historical and philosophical texts to sate academic curiosities. I have many hobbies in addition to reading. I enjoy woodworking, gardening, cooking, and playing video games as well as various card and board games. Besides pursuing my hobbies I enjoy spending my free time with friends as well as my Wife. One thing my friends and I like to do every year is attend the Renaissance festival in Shakopee Minnesota. I also enjoy attending local Oktoberfest events with friends and family.
It's been a great privilege to be part of the RVA staff for 5 years now. Prior to this, I taught Kindergarten in building for 13 years! I've always had a passion for teaching and building relationships with my families. Serving the RVA families has been a blessing to my family. Aside from teaching I enjoy reading, baking, and watching sporting events with my husband, Nevin, and our three children~ Bryton 12, Korah 10, and Bennett 7. I look forward to meeting you throughout the school year!
Hello! I'm Mrs. Mukerji. I have been a parent in the RVA for three years and I am excited to say this is my first year working as an eighth grade english teacher. I graduated in 2008 before working for several years as a 9-11 grade English/Language Arts teacher in Kansas. My family then moved to Michigan and then finally settled in Kronenwetter, Wisconsin. I have three children (6, 4, and 8 months) and in my spare time I enjoy reading, listening to music, traveling, oil painting, and spending time with my family. I am looking forward to meeting many great students and families this year!
Hello! My name is Nicole O'Connor and this is my second year with the RVA! I just love the feeling of community within the RVA and working with the wonderful students and families! Previous to being with the RVA, I taught first grade for five years in a brick and mortar classroom. I currently live with my husband, Alex, and my newborn son, Finn, near Madison! As a family, we love to travel, be outdoors, read lots of books, and go to baseball games in the summer. I'm so thrilled to be with the RVA again this year and I can't wait to get to know you and your family!
Mrs. Oertel teaches high school English at the RVA and absolutely loves it! Mrs. Oertel graduated from UW Stevens Point in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in English Education. She taught in the Wausau and Wittenberg-Birnamwood school districts before she became interested in on-line teaching. She and her husband live in Wausau with their dog and two cats. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, camping, baking, visiting friends, watching movies, and attending concerts. Check out Mrs. Oertel's professional website, the link to which can be found in her Twitter Bio: @MrsOertel
I feel very privileged to be a part of the RVA staff! I have been teaching in the Medford School District for 25 years, 21 of those in fifth grade and 3 years in 7th grade language arts and math. This will be my 8th year with the RVA. I love learning and teaching, especially math! In my free time I enjoy gardening, cooking, walking, yoga and spending time with my husband and our three children.
I am truly honored to be part of the RVA family! I have been an RVA teacher since the winter of 2015. Prior to teaching with the RVA, I was a kindergarten teacher for three years for the D.C. Everest School District in Rothschild, WI. I enjoy life with my husband Troy and our sweet little boy Evan. Educating young learners is a true passion of mine, and I love the unique educational setting the RVA provides. In my free time, I love to read, relax, spend time with friends and family, and sing!
I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Rural Virtual Academy! I have been with the RVA since 2014. Prior to the RVA, I taught for six years in Menomonie. I have taught 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th grade. Teaching and coaching are my passion and what I love to do! My husband, Jake, and I have two children, Jayla - age 5, and Easton - age 4. We just moved back to my hometown, New Richmond, Wisconsin! When I am not busy teaching and coaching, I enjoy photography, attending sporting events, volunteering, and spending time with my family & friends! One of my favorite things about teaching for the RVA is that each student receives their own unique learning plan that best suits their educational needs.
Hello, my name is Quinn Robinson and I am thrilled to be a part of the RVA team! I grew up in Sussex, WI on a small hobby farm. Since a very early age, I have had a hunger for knowledge and a love for the outdoors. Whereas most people outgrow a child-like curiosity for the world around them, I still continuously ask questions starting with the word "why". I simply love the journey of learning and the feeling of empowerment while acquiring knowledge. I am a quintessential example of a life-long learner. I attended the University of MN - Twin Cities and majored in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies and minored in forestry. This was a great program for me because my major allowed me to take classes in various disciplines from soil science, fisheries and wildlife, ecology, and hydrology to name a few. I graduated with distinction and eventually decided to return to school to become a teacher. I attended the University of WI - River Falls to attain a Master of Science in Education. I have worked as a high school science teacher for the past fourteen years as both a traditional science teacher and an adviser at a project-based charter school. My educational philosophy is based on common sense. I always try to generate student interest in science by demonstrating its relevance. This is done through student-based research projects, laboratory investigations, or discussions that demonstrate connections between content and the students' lives. Using these guiding principles, I have found that student achievement increases as well as their desire to learn. Once this is achieved, the student takes ownership of their learning and real education begins. Personal hobbies include hunting and fishing. Trout fishing in the Driftless area is my favorite type of fishing, but I also enjoy fishing the many lakes of northern WI throughout the year. I have a two year old German Shorthair Pointer that I train for upland game birds. Nothing compares to walking the woods in Fall in pursuit of ruffed grouse! I am looking forward to learning with you and assisting in your educational journey!
¡Hola! My name is Autumn Schlei. I have been teaching Spanish since 2010. My love for languages began when I took a mission trip to Guatemala with my church in high school. I continued to pursue my love of languages in college as I attended both UW-Madison and UW-La Crosse. I originally studied to become a physician assistant and majored in Spanish as well so that I could serve more people with my job. Through a turn of life events (i.e. marrying my husband and relocating for his job) I decided to change my career path and pursue a degree in teaching. I currently hold teaching certifications for Spanish, biology, chemistry, and broad-field science. I love working with students and helping them to grow in their ability to communicate in Spanish. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and kids, reading, running, playing board games, cooking, and being outside.
After graduating with a degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, I began my teaching career in 2002, working in the Kiel Area School District. I had the opportunity to work with elementary and middle school students for 15 years. During that time, I received a Masters of Education degree from Lakeland College. I started working with the RVA in July of 2017 and feel so blessed to be a part of the RVA family. I enjoy the opportunity to work closely with families and students of all ages. My husband, Tim, and I have two kids, Addie and Carter. We enjoy camping and ATVing, gardening, going to movies, attending the kids' activities, and managing horse shows.
I am excited to be starting my second decade in education and my 7th year as an online high school English teacher. I've taught English classes that range from 7th grade English Language Arts to Advanced Placement courses. Other than Wisconsin, I've also taught in Mexico, Spain, and Colorado. I currently live on a hobby farm in Kewaunee with my family and a handful of animals. I love to read when it's too icky to play outside. Thanks to Wisconsin weather, I get to read a lot. I can't wait to get to know you!
Greg Smith teaches high school Math (Geometry, PreAlgebra, Algebra 2 and Consumer Math at the RVA and middle school Math at the Medford Middle School. Mr. Smith graduated from Stanford University in 1976 and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Earth Science. He taught high school math and coached football and softball for 30 years at Tracy High School in California. He moved to Wisconsin in August of 2015. He loves the weather and change of season in Westboro, WI where he lives with his wife and their dogs. He has four daughters, who are all married and tjhey now have nine grandchildren, five grandsons and four granddaughters. Mr. Smith coaches varsity and JV high school football at Rib Lake Prentice.
Hi, my name is Ryan Steinhoff and I am a life long resident of Tomah, WI and a 2007 graduate of Tomah Sr. High School. I am the owner of Driving Stars, LLC in Tomah, WI and have a strong passion for working with kids of all ages and feel that I have the ability to relate to teenage students. I have always had the burning desire to inspire teenage students began, I have had the determination to become an educator, which led me to pursue a career in education. I love working closely with people and students of all ages, so while in college at UW-La Crosse studying to become a Physical Education and School Health education teacher, I began teaching drivers education for Brian Moravec and Brian's School of Driving in 2009. As the passion grew to work closely and teach teens the responsibilities of driving a vehicle, I had the desire to start and operate me own school. While beginning me driving school in 2011, I was also finishing my degrees in education at UW-LaCrosse and following graduation I taught special education at the Tomah Middle School for three years, while still owning and operating my driving school. It is my hope that all students take on and accept the responsibilities of life and driving, to become the healthiest, most knowledgeable, active and safest possible driver individual they can be.
I am beyond ecstatic to be part of the RVA school with fantastic teachers, administrators, and staff serving hardworking, independent students and families. My path to teaching was a bit unconventional starting out with two BS degrees from UWEC in Biology & Kinesiology. From there I worked as an EKG tech, cardiac rehab tech, and health educator for a large clinic and hospital. I then earned my MA in Instruction (grades K-8) and taught many subjects and grade levels at Eleva-Strum and Eau Claire public schools for 6 years along with coaching varsity sports. From there I earned my MS in Biology and instructed science and wellness classes at CVTC for 12 years. Wanting to try something different, I helped my friend (who is a Family Practice MD) launch a thriving direct-pay clinic in Eau Claire and Menomonie for the past 4 years as her office manager, phlebotomist, and EMT. And now, I’m here at RVA beginning in the spring of 2018. When I’m not taking classes to further my passion for life-long learning, I spend time with my husband (Andy), two biological daughters (Halle 16 & Wynne 12), one foreign exchange daughter from Beijing (Huiying 16), 2 dogs, 8 cats, and 52K chickens on our farm.
I am grateful to be a part of the RVA family! I have been an RVA teacher since August 2016. Prior to teaching with the RVA, I was an elementary teacher at various grade levels in first-fourth grades. I love to spend time with my husband, Paul, and our twins. We enjoy traveling together and attending various Wisconsin sporting events. I truly enjoy educating young learners and being a part of their educational journey at the RVA. I look forward to meeting you!
I've been teaching since the age of dinosaurs or 13 years which ever is more recent. I'm in my 6th year of teaching in Medford. I've taught online for numerous years and really enjoy it. I also coach the High School Cross Country Team and I'm the adviser for our History Bee team. I'm a member of the Medford Area Fire Department and have been in the fire service for 5 years. I'm married with two great kids. My hobbies include: gardening, movies, and raising my chickens.
Hello! It is such a privilege to be part of the Rural Virtual Academy. Prior to the RVA, I worked in Correctional Education, as well as an AmeriCorps member for three terms. These experiences have given me an incredible opportunity to grow both personally and professionally as a teacher. Together with my husband, we have one son, who is only a few months old, named Charlie. I also have seven amazing step-children, and a high-spirited Golden Lab named, Madigan. In our spare time as a family, we love to camp, travel, golf, and will often spend rainy or snowy days inside with movies and games. Aside from Special Education, I also have a degree in Psychology and American Sign Language Interpreting. A random fact about myself; I have a passion for weather, particularly tornadoes.
My name is Katie Zander, and I am very excited to be joining the wonderful RVA team! Before coming to the RVA, I was a mathematics teacher with another virtual school for 11 years and have experience teaching classes that range from Consumer Math all the way to Advanced Placement Calculus. I believe that communication is an important key to success, and I look forward to getting to know all of my students and their families. I currently live in Port Washington which is right on Lake Michigan so you can guess that a lot of my free time is spent fishing or on the beach with my family. Speaking of family, I have two children, Braxton age 8 and Laila age 7, and a Samoyed dog named Penny. I look forward to a great year of learning with everyone!