I am presently teaching classes in the Business and Marketing Department at Wausau West High School. Classes I am teaching for the 2017-2018 year include Accounting 1 & 2 (NTC Dual Credit classes), Automated Accounting 3 & 4, Today's Tech Trends, Microsoft Office 2016 (NTC Dual Credit class), Introduction to Keyboarding, and Personal Financial Management (UW-Oshkosh CAPP/NTC Dual Credit class). I have over 24 years of teaching experience. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Eau Claire and my Master's degree from UW-Stout.
My teaching career started in the Wausau School District at Wausau East. I took a leave from education to become an entrepreneur with my husband. We owned and operated six businesses in the Wausau/Mosinee/Merrill area. We were one of the first Subway restaurant owners in the state of Wisconsin. Eventually, we became owners/operators of BP convenience/gas stations. We were employers of over 125 employees for many years. My desire to return to education was greater than being a business owner. I returned to education in January, 2000 at Wausau West. Since that time, I have held employment at John Muir Middle School and Merrill High School teaching a variety of business classes including programming and web design. Currently, I am the coach of the first Mock Trial team (started October, 2014) at Wausau West. I also serve on the Technology Committee and Social Committee. In addition, this is my first year teaching for WAVE (Wausau Area Virtual Education). It is also my first year teaching for UW-Oshkosh as an adjunct teacher. I have been an NTC Dual Credit Instructor for 11 years.
My hobbies and interests include spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, boating, and learning new things. I have two grown children (one is an accountant and the other is an IT specialist). One last piece of information: people often get me confused with my identical twin sister, Donna Hoeppner, who is an elementary teacher in the Merrill School District.
I began my teaching career in 2001 when I joined the Wausau West English Department. This turned out to be one of the best decisions I could have made. In my time in the Wausau District I have taught many courses. Including my courses through WAVE, some of my favorites have been Dramatic Literature, Novels, Film as Literature, World Literature, Creative Writing, British Literature, American Literature, and English 9. In addition to my teaching duties, I have also served on the technology committee, worked as a building trainer for Infinite Campus, developed curriculum, coached forensics, and advised peace club, books/friends/film club, and comedy club. Currently my after-school hours are spent advising drama club and directing the fall musical, spring play, and one-act festival at West.
A Badger for life, I have a bachelor's degree in English Education and a master's degree in Educational Psychology, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2008, I was blessed to be able to travel to London and Canterbury, England, to study Chaucer through the National Endowment for the Humanities. I also attended a Broadway Teachers Workshop in New York through Music Theatre International in 2011.
Having grown up in Merrill, WI, I am thrilled to be able to teach so close to home. My husband and I love Wausau and are happy to be raising our daughter and son here. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, reading, and enjoying the fine arts (especially obsessing over Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen).
I love my job and I’m looking forward to a great school year!
I am proud to be a Wausau School District educator. After completing my bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, I accepted a job at West High, and I have been here ever since. During my tenure at West, I have taught all levels of English courses, developed curriuclum for the department, coached debate and forensics, advised National Honor Society and the school literary magazine, coached the building staff in the PBIS initiative, led professional development for the district, and chaired curriculum and instruction committees. My other teaching responsibilities include English RtI at West.
Furthermore, I am part of a team of educators who provide instruction for the WSD virtual school, WAVE. This has been an exciting addition to my teaching career.
On a more personal note, my husband and I have two children who keep us busy. I can frequently be found on the sidelines of a soccer game cheering for my children and their teams, or at lacrosse meet. I also enjoy reading, watching movies, and spending time on the lake.
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats
Foreign Language - Chinese
I am a licensed Mandarin Chinese Teacher in the state of WI, I also hold a valid Teaching License from China.
A snapshot of me:
7/4/2010: Moved from China to America
1/3/2012: First daughter Esther was born; Moved from Stevens Point, WI. to Wausau, 7/18/2014: Second daughter Naomi was born.
12/11/2015: Son Harrison was born.
2012-2016: Wausau School District (Chinese Teacher at Wausau Engineer and Global Leadership Academy);
2012-2016: Wausau School District (After School and Summer School Chinese Teacher at Horace Mann Middle School and John Muir Middle School)
2014-present: University of Wisconsin- Marathon County
(Chinese instructor for Pre-College program, College For Kids Program and Mahjong Class)
2014-present: Antigo School DIstrict (Translator/Interpreter)
2015-present: Wausau School District (Online Chinese Instructor at Wausau Area Virtual Education)
2016-present: YMCA (Mahjong Class Instructor)
2009-present: Private tutor
2017: Founder/Owner/Teacher at Chinese Express 中文小火车
I look forward to helping you with your Chinese!
Mrs. Carrie Clement
I am beginning my 28th year - of teaching, of teaching math and of teaching math at John Muir Middle School in the Wausau School District. It's been an exciting ride with many changes over those years. I currently teach 8th grade math, but I also taught 7th grade for many years and just a bit of 6th at the very beginning of my career. While I am certified to teach grades one through eight, middle school has always been my home. In addition to teaching, I have also been the math department leader for about the past 15 years, and I run an after-school activity for students who need extra support in school to be successful.
My newest adventure has been becoming an online teacher with the WAVE program. I started last year and found I really enjoyed it, so I'm very happy to be continuing this year. I teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade math courses.
Outside of school I am mom to two sons and two stepsons. They range in age from 21-24. We currently have three in college, but by May all will have graduated! We are pretty excited about that! We are "empty nesters" as all four boys live out of town, but we fill the space with three pets - two big dogs and a cat. The house is never quiet :)
I am looking forward to another rewarding year of teaching in the Wausau School District.
Welcome! My name is Karen Hill, and I have been teaching math at Wausau West High School since 1998. Throughout my life, I have always been intrigued by the beauty of mathematics. While at the University of Minnesota Duluth, I majored in both Mathematics and Economics and used this education as a marketing manager and buyer for a food service distributor for over 5 years. Education became my passion and this led me to earning my teaching certification from the University of Wisconsin Steven Point. Working and sharing with high school students continues to be at the forefront of my life. Currently, I teach freshmen Algebra 1 Extended as well as upperclassmen in Precalculus.
In 2017, I expanded my teaching to the online environment as a teacher for Wausau Area Virtual Education (WAVE) and find this platform rewarding as well. Virtual education requires some creativity in cultivating the teacher-student relationship, and it is my goal to foster a connection with the student and the content.
In my free time, I really enjoy watching baseball (especially if my son is playing), gardening, calligraphy, and cooking. Life wouldn't be the same without my two children, two Labrador retrievers, and my husband. All bring me great joy!
~Karen M. Hill
Ms. Renee Groshek
In addition to my teaching position at WAVE, I have been teaching at Wausau West High School since the fall of 2002. Over the years, I have taught Science 9, Science 910, Science 10, and Earth Science and will be starting the new course Science Survey for the 2016-17 school year.
I grew up in Central Wisconsin and attended preschool through graduation in the Rosholt School District. I met my future husband in 3rd grade although we didn't date until college. We have four children and still live in the Rosholt area.
I started my post-secondary education at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, with the intent of becoming a physical therapist. Three years later I had a professional epiphany and I transferred to The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to complete my teaching education. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as an intern teacher at Wausau West High School. Then I went on to teaching positions at other area schools, but was very happy to return!
If you would like to contact me, the BEST way is probably through email at email@example.com. If you prefer, you could call at 715-261-0850 x34236. I will do my best to return your email or call in a timely manner.
- Mrs. Groshek
Mr. Adam Ellenbecker
Hi! I'm Mr. Ellenbecker. I've been a teacher for WAVE since 2017 and Wausau West since 2011. I actually started my teaching at West as a student teacher, learning how to be a social studies teacher before becoming an official teacher. I loved the district so much that when a position opened up teaching Economics and AP Economics I jumped at the opportunity and I have been here ever since! Online I teach all social studies classes. In person at West I teach Economics, AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, and World History.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 2007 with my first degree in Psychology and Social Science. After working in sales and finance for about two years, I returned to UWSP to get a second degree in Broadfield Social Science and History, adding on my teaching certification. As stated above, I completed my student teaching at Wausau West High School and pursued a job here, teaching Economics, AP Economics, and World History ever since.
Mr. Seth Thomas Clendenning
Experience: I have been teaching in the Wausau School District since 2011. I also spent three years teaching history and English in China. Wow! Teaching for me is an art form, passion, hobby, and life-long career. I also coach volleyball and technology for the district in addition to teaching ESL at NTC. I'm now the ELL Coordinator for Wausau East! Oh, did I mention I also teach video game creation at UWMC! One more! I love my position as a virtual educator for Wausau Area Virtual Education and Wisconsin Virtual Schools!
Education: I graduated from UWSP in 2010 after starting there in 2000. LOL! No, it didn't take me that long to graduate, but it did. I spent my time traveling to China and learning about the world before I decided I really wanted to be a teacher. I did my student teaching at SPASH, Ben Franklin, and Pacelli. I'm working on my Master's in Instructional Technology and Leadership. Never, never stop learning.
Family: I have been married to my lovely wife Joy since 2010 and am a father of three beautiful children: Esther, Naomi, and Harrison. I have two older sisters, am from Stevens Point, and have a Siberian husky named Moro.
Hobbies: board games (Star Wars Imperial Assault, Settlers of Catan), video games (Battle for Middle Earth II, Skyrim - but no time for this anymore), guitar (acoustic, bass, Weissenborn), and volleyball. Yes, I'm a nerd, and I'm a little proud of it!
Virtual Office Hours: Mondays 1-2 on Google Hangouts or Blackboard
I am very excited to be involved in the online learning going on in the Wausau School District! Although this is my first year teaching online learning, I have been teaching for 15 years.
In 2002, I acquired a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in marketing education with a certification and minor in business, along with a training and development certification. I began teaching, and went on to attain a master of science degree in 2008, in career and technical education, again from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. I then began to explore my interest in leadership, which lead me to a master of arts degree in educational leadership from Viterbo University, which I completed in 2017.
I began teaching marketing in the Chippewa Falls School District, then the Eau Claire School District to high school students for five years. In addition to teaching, I ran three different school stores, their DECA programs and their COOP programs. I then came to the Wausau School District and have been here for 10 years. I was originally hired as a youth apprenticeship coordinator at Wausau West and worked with students in the community to help them be successful at their jobs. I also taught classes like, personal financial management, introduction to business, technology applications and computer apps. I was then offered a position at John Muir Middle School and have been working with the students here for the past eight years. It is here that I have taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade technology applications. I have also run after school programs such as, NET, Study Zone, Robotics, RC club, and Networking club. I am also currently the administrator for the summer school STEM Academy.
I enjoy spending time with family and friends and we like spending time outside.