What I love about teaching is seeing the enthusiasm and excitement young children have about learning. I love watching students’ faces in those light bulb moments and listening to their laughter as they explore the world and build friendships. In my classroom we strive to build community. We read, we write, we color. We play, we sing. We learn. We make friends and discover life.
I began teaching in the Hartland/Lakeside School District in the fall of 1992. I’ve taught at Hartland South and Hartland North. I taught 5 years of 3rd grade and the majority of my experience has been in kindergarten. I am guided in my teaching by my strong commitment to provide a positive learning environment where the student’s natural love for life and learning are encouraged and nurtured in order for them to become lifelong learners. Children are truly inspirational reminders of what is most important in life. My husband and I have two daughters and two small dogs. I enjoy taking walks with my dogs and spending time with my family.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude in December 1991 from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a degree in Elementary Education, Early Childhood-Grade 6. I received my masters degree in Teaching and Learning from Carroll University in 2009. I have been trained as a Reading Recovery Advocate, trained in Orton Gillingham and trained in the first course of Add+VantageMR (Math Recovery)
The Hartland/Lakeside School District has offered me many educational opportunities in order to further my professional growth as a lifelong learner. I am excited to be a part of a district that is always moving forward and striving for academic excellence. Working in the district has been a very rewarding experience.
What I love about teaching first grade is the enthusiasm of the students. First graders have a very unique view of the world. They are extremely observant little human beings, and they notice everything. They are like sponges, soaking up all the stimuli around them, and it is amazing the things they tell me about.
I received my Batchelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. I received my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I am trained in the areas of Reading Recovery, Ortin-Gillingham multi-sensory phonics, and Leveled Literacy Learning. I am a life-long learner and continue to enroll in University classes to enhance my teaching.
I have taught many years in the Hartland Lakeside District in various areas. My most recent position is first grade. I have been an Interventionist in the areas of Reading/Reading Recovery, Math, and Writing. I also taught second grade. Prior to joining this district I taught in Milwaukee Public Schools for four years teaching both second and third grade
I live in Mukwonago with my husband Jeff and my two children. When I am not teaching I love being with my family.
A Day in Our Classroom
Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Each morning, students and teachers gather together in a circle for ten to fifteen minutes and interact with one another during these purposeful components:
- Greeting Students and teachers greet one another by name and practice offering hospitality.
- Sharing Students share information about important events in their lives. Listeners often offer empathetic comments or ask clarifying questions.
- Group Activity Everyone participates in a brief, lively activity that fosters group cohesion and helps students practice social and academic skills (for example, reciting a poem, dancing, singing, or playing a game that reinforces social or academic skills).
The teacher gives a short lesson on some type of writing skill or strategy.
Student’s develop writing strategies and skills, learn about the writer’s craft, and use writing as a tool for learning and communication. Writing for sustained periods, they explore different genres and formats for a range of purposes and for a variety of audiences.
The teacher gives a short lesson on some type of reading skill or strategy, often focusing on comprehension, fluency, or decoding. Students have the opportunity to practice the skill or strategy during independent reading time in a variety of self-selected and teacher selected texts. Early reading may include reading the text, reading the pictures, retelling the story to a partner. During this time, students develop reading stamina and respond to literature.
Students explore the intricacies of language across multiple genres including literature, informational texts, and poetry. They investigate the meaning and structure of words, and the conventions and forms of written language.
Math Expressions provides a rigorous and challenging math program to our students. This model includes direct instruction to build students understanding of math concepts and computations. Concepts are initially presented concretely, or pictorially and then move to the abstract.
Mrs. Hohmann’s teaching career began in the Racine Unified School District in 1990. She then taught in Waterloo for two years and in Johnston, Iowa for six years. Mrs. Hohmann has been teaching in the Hartland-Lakeside School District since 1999. Before transferring to North Shore Middle School in 2008, she spent two years at Lakeside Elementary and seven years at Hartland South Elementary. She now works primarily with special education students in sixth grade.
Mrs. Hohmann believes it is her “job” to not only prepare students academically for NSMS and beyond, but to also prepare them to be responsible and resourceful learners. She works closely with parents and content area teachers to promote and maintain open lines of communication.
Bachelors Degree – Elementary Education 1-8, Learning Disabilities K-8
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – 1990
What I love about teaching … the satisfaction that I receive when I see students excited about what they are learning, the successes that they have, and the self confidence that they gain.
My name is Jodi Janke and I am a Learning Assistant at Hartland North. This is my fourth year in the district. My role is to support teachers and students both in and out of the classroom.
My Name is Heidi Kafkas and I am the Secretary at Hartland South and
The Hartland School of Community Learning. I have been with the District for
eight wonderful years. I have enjoyed getting to know all the great families through the years and watching your kids grow up. If I can ever help you with anything, my door is always open!
What I love most about teaching is being able to impact and make a difference in my student’s lives each and every day! There is nothing more rewarding than the look in my student’s eyes when it finally clicks!
I earned my bachelors degree from UW-Whitewater with a certification in PreK-6th grade. I also earned my masters degree in teaching and learning at Carroll College University in December of 2008.
I have been married for 9 years to my husband Mike, and have two wonderful children who keep me very busy. Mya is 6 and Nolan is 4. I love being a mom!
In my first grade classroom, I feel that it is important to enhance learning opportunities by providing an environment where students’ love for life and learning are encouraged. It is important to do so by providing a safe, nurturing, positive learning environment where children feel a sense of belonging and community. It is my strong believe that if students are provided with many hands on learning opportunities through exploration, observation, and experimentation, learning with be fun and exciting for all students.
Sue Klopp is the district library media specialist, managing the print and digital library resources at North, South, and North Shore Middle School. She has been in the district since 1990, except for a three year period when she was a youth services librarian at Pauline Haass Public Library in Sussex.