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The teachers and staff at Lake Geneva Schools are dedicated, talented, and wonderful individuals.  Every day they work with children to provide every student an excellent education that ensures the development of responsible, respectful citizens and inspires life-long learning. 

Let's take a moment to get to know these remarkable individuals.

Each week, we will post a short bio featuring one teacher or staff member.  Visit this page for updates or follow us on Facebook @LakeGenevaSchools

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December 11, 2018

Mrs. Heather Hutchinson | Eastview Elementary School

Mrs. HutchinsonMy name is Mrs. Heather Hutchinson. I am a fifth grade teacher at Eastview Elementary School. This is my 21st year of teaching in the Lake Geneva School District. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Psychology at Augustana College in the Quad Cities. Then I went back to school and received a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Aurora University in Williams Bay, WI. My favorite part of my job is when my students get motivated to learn a new topic. At Eastview, there is a nurturing environment that encourages students to take chances, make mistakes, and learn! My number one goal for my students would be to teach them that any goal is possible with perseverance! Outside of school can you find me playing at the park with my husband, son and dog, Bentley!

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December 4, 2018

Mr. Beau Roddy | Badger High School

Mr. Beau RoddyMy name is Beau Roddy and I work at Badger High School as a special education teacher. I went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for an undergraduate degree in International Relations and received a Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The favorite part of my job is having the ability to work with students in many different settings. The ability to work in the classroom, on the field and in the community is what makes this profession rewarding. I love teaching at Badger because of the many different opportunities provided for students and teachers. If you want to be a better version of yourself, you will be supported. I also appreciate the positive atmosphere that is present at Badger throughout the academic school year. My goal as a teacher is to assure that each student is maximizing their potential and developing plans for life after high school. Outside of school, you can find me at sporting events, going for bike rides with my wife, and checking off bucket list trips as often as possible.


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November 27, 2018

Miss Lauren Mandujano | Central-Denison Elementary School

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My name is Lauren Mandujano, my students call me Miss M. I teach ESL at Central-Denison. I graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 2016. This is my 3rd year teaching. I mostly work with kindergarten and 1st grade English language learners. My favorite part of my job is learning with my students, and laughing with them! It is something new every day! I enjoy teaching at Central-Denison because everyone is so helpful and enthusiastic about teaching. My goal is to help students feel confident in themselves. Outside of school, you can find me working at the YMCA or hanging out with my fur babies- my dog Lincoln, and my cat Luna.

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November 20, 2018 Mr. Aaron Zweifel | Lake Geneva Middle School
Mr ZweifelMy name is Mr. Zweifel and I teach STEM classes (Design and Modeling and FabLab) at Lake Geneva Middle School. I was born and raised in Jefferson, WI, where I graduated from Jefferson High School. I completed my undergrad at Carroll College in Waukesha, WI before earning my Master’s Degree in Technology in Education from Cardinal Stritch University. My teaching career began in 2001, and I’ve enjoyed teaching 1st grade, 2nd grade, 4th grade, 6th Grade Science, 8th Grade Science, and STEM classes over the past 18 years. LGMS is a great place to teach because of the people I work with and the amazing resources we have in our district. My goal is to help students find what they love to do and enjoy learning. Outside of school, you can find me coaching, working out, or spending time with my family.

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November 13, 2018

Mrs. Amanda Krause | Lake Geneva Middle School


MRS. AMANDA KRAUSE My name is Amanda Krause and I teach band at Lake Geneva Middle School.  This is my 11th year teaching middle school band, and my 5th year in Lake Geneva.  I received my Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota in 2004, and my Master of Education and Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in 2013.  Prior to teaching in Lake Geneva, I taught in Anoka, MN and Union Grove, WI.  My favorite part of my job is working with my students, especially since I get to work with them year after year.  I love getting to know my students and watching them develop into outstanding musicians and individuals.  Teaching at Lake Geneva Middle School is very special to me.  I was a member of the first graduating class of LGMS in 2000, and I am proud to teach band where I got my start in music.  My goal as a band director is to help students become lifelong musicians and for them to connect the skills they gain in my class to their everyday life.  Outside of school, you can find me spending time with my husband and two daughters.  Some of our favorite things to do are cheer on the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Gophers, eat ice cream and listen to music.

  
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November 6, 2018

Mrs. Patty Goff | Star Center Elementary School

Mrs. GoffMy name is Mrs. Goff, and I am a fifth grade teacher at Star Center Elementary. This is my tenth year teaching fifth grade in the Lake Geneva Schools. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After working in business for a few years, I pursued my passion and went on to earn elementary education teacher certification from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. In the spring of 2016, I earned a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Concordia University. My absolute, undeniable favorite part of my job is the time I spend with my students each day helping them grow and learn!! On the first day of school each year, I share with my students that it is my job to teach them academic skills, but I think it is equally important, if not more important, to help them to grow as people. After all, we will be remembered by our character and how we treat each other more than anything else. I love working at Star Center Elementary because of the amazing students, the supportive families, and the collaborative colleagues. It is truly a warm and welcoming school community. Outside of school, you can find me spending time with my family and walking my one year old black Labrador retriever!

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October 30, 2018

Mrs. Stacy Smith | Central-Denison Elementary School

STACY SMITHMy name is Stacy Smith and I am a reading specialist at Central-Denison school. In the spring of 2004, I graduated from Carroll College with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. In 2009, I received my Master's Degree from Aurora University in Reading. Throughout my time teaching I have taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade and in 2012, I took on the role of a reading specialist. My favorite part of my job is teaching children the tools or strategies to become a confident reader. There is no better feeling than seeing a child take what you have taught them and apply it independently. It is the absolute best part of my job. Central-Denison is such an amazing place to learn and grow. I am so fortunate to work with the people I do. I love this place so much and am so confident in our curriculum and our teachers that deliver our instruction that my own children are a Central-Denison alum, current student and future student. This is absolutely the place to enroll your future learner. Outside of school, you can find me with my family doing all things active. You may recognize my husband as Mr. Smith from Eastview. He shares my love for teaching as a fifth grade teacher. Together we have three children, Maelynn (9), Kinlee (6) and Koa (3). As a family, we enjoy running races, paddle boarding, camping, hiking, exploring and traveling.

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October 23, 2018

Ms. Nora Giesbers | Eastview Elementary School


Nora GiesbersMy name is Nora Giesbers and I teach special education for the fourth and fifth grade at Eastview Elementary School. This is my second year as a special education teacher, however, my fifth year working in a school. After I graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders I began working as a special education paraprofessional. From there my love for the field grew and I decided to go back to school to get my teaching license and Master’s Degree in Education.

The best part of my job is when the students demonstrate they are understanding the concepts being taught and want to teach others. I love seeing the light in their eye as they share their joys of learning. The kids make it all worth it! I also am extremely grateful to be an Eagle. I was blessed to be given this job opportunity and love working and learning from the wonderful staff here. I love coming to work every day and seeing the kids have a love for learning and I am grateful to be part of the team at Eastview. My goal is to instill a love for learning in the students as well as teach them the confidence they need to be successful. It is important to me to teach 
to the whole child and make sure they have the tools they need to be successful.

Outside of school, you can find me with family or friends. I love to spend my time with those close to me. Often at a game night, working on projects, having a movie night, or planning my wedding. Any time that we can have together is cherished.

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Mr. Jake Kiefer | Badger High School 


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Roosevelt? Churchill? Napoleon?...Kiefer?!?! Greetings!! My name is Mr. Kiefer and I am fortunate enough to teach about many great historical figures, like the ones mentioned above, as a history teacher at Badger High School. I teach AP European History and Integrated World Studies both consisting of mainly sophomores. I graduated from UW-La Crosse in the winter of 2013 and have been teaching at Badger for five years. During the summer I work for the City of Lake Geneva’s Street Department, which I have been doing for the past nine years. My favorite part of being a teacher is getting the opportunity to have so many different personalities and characters come through my door every day and getting the opportunity to interact with them. My goal is to help the wide variety of students that I get to be around and help them become the best version of themselves, both as a student and as a person. I love being at Badger because of the relationships that are created with students and co-workers, on top of the positive culture that our school has created. Outside of school, you can find me doing one of my favorite hobbies, running around our beautiful area. Whether it is around my home in Walworth, or with members of the Badger Cross Country team in Lake Geneva, I go for a run every day after school as a way to decompress and stay in shape. I can also be found cheering on my favorite professional sports teams, the Chicago Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks.
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October 10, 2018

Mrs. Morgan DeBaere | Lake Geneva Middle School

Morgan DeBaere My name is Mrs. DeBaere and I teach 7th grade Language Arts at LGMS. After graduating from Badger High School, I attended UW-La Crosse and then UW-Whitewater. I graduated from UWW with a degree in English. After a few years of working as an underwriter for a mortgage company, I decided to go back to school to find something I was passionate about. I attended Aurora University at the George Williams campus and graduated with honors. I received my Master’s degree in secondary education. I have worked at LGMS since 2007. My favorite part of my job is connecting with students. I feel like having and creating a rapport with students is fundamental to the learning environment. Additionally, being a part of students’ success is very rewarding along with being able to continue learning as an adult. My goal is to help each student succeed, to become lifelong learners, and readers. I very much enjoy being in the community of which I grew up. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy watching various Netflix series and reading. 

 

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October 2, 2018

Mrs. Britt Ecklund | Star Center Elementary School

Mrs. Britt EckludMy name is Mrs. Ecklund, and I am a second-grade teacher at Star Center. I have been teaching there since 2004 after I graduated from North Central College with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. I obtained my Master’s degree in Teaching and Leadership in 2008 from Saint Xavier University. I absolutely love watching my students grow into independent, respectful, and kind learners during the school year! Star Center is a special place to be because of the amazing teachers and staff, supportive parents, and wonderful students! My goal is to help students develop a love for learning and also be kind, caring members of our community! Outside of school, you can find me spending time with my family (I have a wonderful husband and two amazing boys), or swimming/biking/running! I love spreading inclusion by helping people with disabilities participate in races like triathlons or half-marathons with an organization called myTeam Triumph!


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