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New Teachers, Aides Arrive at Owen-Withee Schools

Travis Rogers, Jr.

New Teachers, Aides Arrive at Owen-Withee Schools

Schools
4 min.
August 24, 2021

With the new infusion of teachers and teachers’ aides in Owen-Withee Schools this month, we sent a short questionnaire to the teachers and aides. These are their responses.

Jayci Blume

Where were you born and raised? Marathon, Wi

How many years have been teaching or assisting? This will be my first year

Where did you teach or assist before Owen-Withee? N/A

Where did you attend college/university and what was your major? University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Major: Physical Education

What made you want to be a teacher or aide? I became a teacher after doing an observation and seeing the impact that a teacher can have on a student's life.

What are your hobbies? Biking, anything outside, snowboarding

What do you do for fun? Spend time with my family and boyfriend, Workout

What do you consider your philosophy of life? I try to make the most of/enjoy every moment because nothing is guaranteed in life.

What is your favorite quote? "Life is tough but so are you"

Caleb Green

Where were you born and raised? Stanley, WI

How many years have been teaching or assisting? This is my first year

Where did you teach or assist before Owen-Withee? N/A

Where did you attend college/university and what was your major? University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in Agricultural Education

What made you want to be a teacher or aide? I wanted to be a teacher in order to make a difference in the lives of students, just as my teachers did for me.

What are your hobbies? My hobbies include sports, UTV riding, and spending time with family.

What do you do for fun? During my free time, I enjoy watching a variety of television shows and playing board games.

What do you consider your philosophy of life? My philosophy of life is to always take it one step at a time and take full advantage of each opportunity.

What is your favorite quote? "Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." - John C. Maxwell

Trent Klemm

I was born and raised in Medford, WI. This will be my first year of teaching after graduating from UW-La Crosse with a major in History Education and a minor in Psychology Education. I wanted to become a teacher because of all the great teachers I had growing up. Seeing the positive impact they made on my life makes me want to do the same for my students.

Some of my hobbies are playing, coaching and watching sports, hunting, ice fishing, watching movies, and being with family and friends.

My philosophy of life is to be yourself and live life to the fullest. My favorite quote is "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." - Yogi Berra.

Ben Martin

Where were you born and raised? Marathon, WI

How many years have been teaching or assisting? This is my first year as a full-time teacher. I was a substitute teacher for 1 semester at Wausau West as well as a summer schoolteacher at Thomas Jefferson in Wausau.

Where did you teach or assist before Owen-Withee? Wausau West

Where did you attend college/university and what was your major? University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Physical Education Major, Health Education Minor

What made you want to be a teacher or aide? My high school teachers and coaches inspired me to want to become a teacher.

What are your hobbies? My hobbies include fishing, hunting, golfing, hiking, and being outdoors.

What do you do for fun? I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

What do you consider your philosophy of life? Making the most out of every day and enjoying the little things in life that make me happy.

What is your favorite quote? "Cast now, worry later." - Me

Carmella Fredrick

Where were you born and raised? I grew up in Owen and graduated from Owen-Withee high school in 2006

How many years have been teaching or assisting? This is my first job in a school setting. I have been a library assistant at the Colby Community Library for the last 3½ years. Before that I was a stay-at-home mom.

Where did you teach or assist before Owen-Withee? See above question

Where did you attend college/university and what was your major? 1 year of general education courses at UW Green Bay.

What made you want to be a teacher or aide? I enjoy working with children and getting to know the people in my community. I also have four children in the OW school district and will be able to have more time with them.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy hunting & fishing.

What do you do for fun? Spend time with family and friends, spend time outside, go for rides in our UTV

What do you consider your philosophy of life?

What is your favorite quote?

Megan Peterson

Where were you born and raised? Somerset, WI

How many years have been teaching or assisting? This will be my first year as a licensed teacher.

Where did you teach or assist before Owen-Withee? I completed my student teaching in the Stevens Point School District.

Where did you attend college/university and what was your major? I graduated from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point this past May. I studied early childhood education.

What made you want to be a teacher or aide? I love working with students and being able to see them grow and succeed.

What are your hobbies? I love doing crafts. Making t-shirts is my all-time favorite. Additionally, I also enjoy diamond painting.

What do you do for fun? All my life I have grown up going camping with my family. We have gone many places and tried many different things. We frequently go four wheeling, snowmobiling, boating, and kayaking.

What do you consider your philosophy of life? Life is short, do what matters the most to you and what makes you happy.

What is your favorite quote? "If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse." -Ryan Blair

Katherine Olejnichak

Where were you born and raised? Gilman, WI

How many years have been teaching or assisting? 15

Where did you teach or assist before Owen-Withee? Owen-Withee (9 years), Gilman (6 years), Owen-Withee again.

Where did you attend college/university and what was your major? UW-Stevens Point - Majored in Broad field science and Biology, minored in Chemistry. Holy Family College - Masters in Administrative Leadership

What made you want to be a teacher or aide? I love science and all the fun activities I did in middle and high school

What are your hobbies? Crochet

What do you do for fun?  Spending time with my kids

What do you consider your philosophy of life?

What is your favorite quote?

Brandy Pecha

Where were you born and raised? Stanley, WI

How many years have been teaching or assisting? 1 year

Where did you teach or assist before Owen-Withee?  iForward

Where did you attend college/university and what was your major?  UWEC with a major in Elementary Education and Special Education with an EBD add on.


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