By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE – The Boyceville School District is welcoming ten new professional and support staff teachers this year.
New to the High School/Middle School is English teacher Kirsten Redding and Spanish teacher Chelsey Hunt.
Redding was raised in Oostburg, Wisconsin and that is where she graduated high school as well. After that she moved north west to attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
While in college Kirsten worked at the University’s writing center and on the college newspaper as an advertising representative.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education and then went on to teach summer school. She also completed an internship in Alaska.
Kirsten is newly engaged to her college sweetheart and is in the works of planning for a June wedding. Together they have a Corgi puppy who they enjoy taking for walks.
Chelsey also comes to the District from Eau Claire, which is where she was raised and attended North High School.
After high school she attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 2006-2007 and then she went to UW-Eau Claire after that with a year break.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish in 2010. After that she moved to Spain to work at a high school in a small town called Zamora. She lived there for just under a year and that is what inspired her to return to college.
She then enrolled at UW-Eau Claire to complete her teacher certification in Spanish, TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) and Bilingual/Bicultural Education.
During her time in Eau Claire, she spent a summer completing a student/faculty research project. It was based around students of Hispanic heritage who were taking formal Spanish classes in school.
Aside from that, Chelsey also worked at Shopko, the Olive Garden and Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse during her time in college.
Chelsey recently got married in June to her husband, Aaron. Together they have a little Chihuahua that keeps them busy.
They both also love to travel, even it is just a day trip. They have been to several spots around Spain and look forward to visiting other Spanish-speaking countries.
New to the Elementary is Jacinda Fischer. She was hired as the Guidance and Counseling provider.
Jacinda is from River Falls, which is where she graduated high school and attended college.
She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology in 2009 and then went on to get her Master’s of Science in Education/School Counseling.
While in college and graduate school, she worked as an Office Assistant for a law firm and as a Kindergarten Paraprofessional.
Upon graduation she then accepted a position in Greybull, Wyoming as the Elementary School Counselor. She lived and worked their for two years before transferring back over this way.
This past school year she was at the Clear Lake Elementary working as the Counselor and now she is settling her roots in Boyceville.
When she is not in school, Jacinda and her husband Joe enjoys running, swimming, biking and playing basketball as well as spending time with family and friends.
Also new to the Elementary now is Elizabeth Frisbie in the Art room.
Elizabeth grew up in Lowell, Wisconsin and attended Dodgeland High School, which is in Juneau.
From there she moved to Menomonie where she attended UW-Stout and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Art Education.
She is currently in graduate school through the university working on her Master’s in Education.
Elizabeth truly enjoys art as she spends most of her time creating ceramics and painting. She also stays busy with her puppy Moose and cat Lemmi.
Becky Paulson is a new face in the Early Learning Center. She is from Colfax and graduated high school from there before enrolling at UW-Eau Claire.
Becky earned a degree in Elementary Education in 2001 and then worked for 12 years at the Mound View Elementary School in Elk Mound as a Kindergarten teacher.
Aside from school, Becky and her husband Troy have three children; Abby, David and Annelise.
Kalani Krautbauer is the new part-time Speech and Language Pathologist for the entire District.
She completed her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from UW-Eau Claire in 2011.
Since graduating she has worked part-time at various districts around the area in the speech department.
Kalani was raised in Eau Claire and now lives in Menomonie with her husband and four children. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, skiing, riding bike, skating and listening to a good story.
Trish Jensen is a teacher for the visually impaired (TVI) at Boyceville. She makes her way to Boyceville from the Menomonie/Eau Claire area.
She graduated from Memorial High School and then attended UW-Eau Claire where she received degrees and certifications in Pre K-12 Physical Education with an emphasis in elementary and aquatics, Pre K-12 Adaptive Physical Education, and Psychology 9-12.
She also has a Master’s Degree in Pre K-12 Learning Disabilities, which she received in 1997. More recently, she completed a two and a half year program through Silver Lake College for the certification to teach Pre K-12 Vision services.
Trish began teaching in 1992 as a long term substitute for Adaptive Phy-Ed. in the Menomonie School District. She also taught Phy-Ed. at the Eau Claire Academy for four years and then she was in New Auburn for a year teaching special education.
After that, she again taught in Eau Claire before going to the Altoona District, which is where she spent 15 years.
Aside from a long career in teaching, Trish has spent 28 years in the military with one year spent in Iraq and three years mobilized in the U.S. She currently goes to her Battle Assemblies at Fort Snelling in Minnesota.
In her spare time, Trish and her husband Mike enjoy playing sports like golfing, bowling and softball. Mike is actually a member of the Wisconsin Softball Hall of Fame.
Erin Leslie and Jennifer Engel and Mary Byrne are paraprofessionals in the district this year.
Erin is a Glenwood City alum and she currently resides in Boyceville with her husband and three stepchildren.
She was a substitute teacher in both the High School and Elementary last year. She is also the cheerleading advisor for the football and wrestling squads.
Erin is active in Boyceville’s youth wrestling program and in the wrestling club as well as any sport her stepchildren play in.
Mary is originally from St. Paul and moved to the Boyceville area several years ago.
Mary has a Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota and has spent time working in the St. Paul Public School system as well as working as an assistant editor for a national magazine, as a trainer and a systems analyst for a health plan.