800 E. North Shore Drive, Hartland, Wisconsin 53029

Staff Members

Karen Obukowicz

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Director of Business Services Business Office School 800 E. North Shore Drive Hartland WI 53029 United States Work Phone: 262-369-6737

Edie Pierce

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4th Grade Teacher Hartland South Elementary Work Phone: (262) 369-6720

What I love about teaching is when a student can say, “I didn’t realize how much I learned in your class because I was having so much fun learning it!” or a student can sign a thank you note with the closing, Your favorite student, because I try to make each one believe he/she is

I began teaching in the Hartland-Lakeside School District in 1985.  I joined this district directly after graduation from UW- Oshkosh.  The first 13 years of my career were spent as a special education teacher in 5th and 6th grade followed by transitioning to a general education elementary teacher.  During that time, I earned a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from UW-Milwaukee.  I have been asked if I get tired of the same grade and I answer with a resounding, “Never!”  I make sure to keep each year filled with new learning and challenges for both myself and my students.

My family and I live in the quaint little town of Lake Mills. It’s an easy commute and you wouldn’t believe all of the great ideas I come up with in my office, I mean car.  I am married to a great guy named Steve.  We both enjoy our terrific, challenging, hilarious, teenager named Luke.  Wrigley (yes, Wrigley Field) is our baby; a furry labradoodle who brings our home great happiness. Other than my family and teaching, my greatest passion is gardening (okay, coffee is right up there).  I love to toil in the soil!  My yard is filled with perennials and I spend hundreds of hours enjoying nature.  I also enjoy our town’s very own Rock Lake for a variety of activities.

What does a day in our classroom look like?

Structured Chaos. Emotional, purposeful discussions. Soft-lit lounge. Snuggled in with a great book. Furiously writing a special moment. Wondering why.  RESPECT is the only rule.  Every day has surprises, while still having the security of a schedule and knowing what to expect. We look out for each other.  We’re a family.


Tracy Pirozzoli

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5th Grade Teacher – Digital Classroom Hartland South Elementary Work Phone: (262) 369-6720

What I love about teaching:

I wake up every morning excited to teach! I love the smiles I see on student’s faces when they learn something new and the curiosity that fills their eyes with wonder when given new opportunities and challenges. Every day is unique, and I feel so fortunate to watch students grow as learners and as individuals. I love having the potential to make a difference in children’s lives.

Bio: I attended Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. I also received my Master’s Degree in Education from Carroll three years ago.  I have taught second and third-grade in Waukesha for seven years. I also taught second-grade at a small school in East Troy for four years.

Michele Plank

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Kindergarten Teacher Hartland North Elementary Work Phone: (262) 369-6710


What I love about teaching is introducing my kindergarteners to the wonderful world of reading and writing!!!  I love to see their eyes light up as they find words they know and love to hear them tell stories like a storyteller!!!  It is such a privilege to be a part of their lives at this point in time.
I have previously taught preschool and 2nd grade and am currently teaching kindergarten for the 11th year.  It is truly my passion!  I am a lifelong learner having received my undergraduate degree from Carroll University, my masters degree from Alverno College along with credits in Reading Recovery and graduate course work in science. I am also passionate about fully inclusive classrooms and enjoy teaming with staff to adapt our classroom environment for all students.
Our daily classroom routine includes a balanced literacy curriculum that immerses the students in literacy throughout the morning.  We enjoy lots of interactive books, poems, and songs. Our math curriculum encourages student leaders and builds confidence in our students as they develop a strong sense of numbers, counting, comparing, and demonstrating their thinking. All students take a leadership role in all areas and work throughout the day in flexible groups as we work to build independence with all students.
I personally enjoy the outdoors – gardening, kayaking, and running – I enjoy sharing this with the students and in the fall and spring we take advantage of our wooded property and explore nature. Kindergarten is a fun place to be!!!


Ashley Quick

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3rd Grade Digital Classroom Teacher Hartland South Elementary Work Phone: 262-369-6720

Brian Rabbitt

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Network Administrator Hartland Lakeside School District Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

John Raven

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Reading Interventionist Hartland South Work Phone: 262-369-6720

Kathleen Richards

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English Language Arts Teacher North Shore Middle School Work Phone: 262-367-6767

Dave Risch

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Principal Hartland South Elementary and Hartland School of Community Learning Home 651 East Imperial Drive Hartland WI 53029 Work Phone: 262-369-6720

Amy Russell

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Special Education Teacher Hartland North Elementary Work Phone: (262) 369-6710

My name is Amy Russell and I am a Special Education Teacher at Hartland North Elementary.  I received my Masters in Special Education Cross Categorical from University Wisconsin Whitewater.  This is my fourth year at Hartland North.  Previous to that I was in the Oconomowoc School District.

I live in Oconomowoc with my Husband Rick, our three children Cole, Maggie, Anna Kate, and our dog George.

I am very fortunate to be working for Hartland Lakeside school district, and have been very happy in my position as a Special Education teacher. I  believe immensely in our full inclusion philosophy, and have witness such growth and positive outcomes from this model.  I believe that all children can learn and thrive within a classroom of diverse learners.

My youngest daughter, Anna Kate was born with Down Syndrome.  I am involved with the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin, the National Down Syndrome Congress, and Special Olympics.  Anna Kate is such a bright light in our family and has taught us all so much about life in so many ways.

When not teaching I love to spend time with my family.  We are an outdoors family and enjoy  all things that include being outside or on a lake!  I love animals and enjoy horseback riding.  We spend a lot of time throughout the year in Northern Wisconsin which is a very favorite place of mine.   We also love to spend time in Door County and Florida in the spring. Anywhere there is an opportunity to be on the water boating and swimming.

Julie Ryan

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Special Education Teacher North Shore Middle School and LIFE Entrepreneurial School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

This is my fourth year at NSMS/LIFE.

Danielle Scarpaci

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4th Grade Teacher Hartland School of Community Learning Work Phone: 262-369-6720

Lee Schedler

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Work Phone: 262-369-6710
Hello! I, Lee Schedler, am so thrilled to be part of this superb school!
Graduating from UW-Madison with a K-8 license, I loved teaching Grade 6  ELA for over 15 years in Whitefish Bay. Now that my two children are in college (one at UWM and one at UW-Madison) my husband Matt and I will be moving to Lake Country. Being a member of this outstanding staff at North Elementary, I am eager to facilitate those AHA! moments where students make learning their own. In our free time, Matt and I love to take long walks with our yellow Labrador Luna, read a ton of non-fiction—and (seasonally speaking) in winter, we downhill ski at every opportunity; and in spring, summer and fall we manage our massive vegetable garden. An avid cook, I am eager to try at least one new recipe a week.

Michele Schmidt

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Principal North Shore Middle School Work 800 E North Shore Drive Hartland Wisconsin 53029 Work Phone: 262-369-6767

As the principal of North Shore Middle School and the Co-Special Education Director for the District.  I’d like to welcome you to our website! As we all know middle school is a time of immense change for adolescents, which makes my job both challenging, but extremely rewarding and humbling!

I am currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) program at UW-Madison, and I’m working on obtaining my doctorate in Educational Leadership. My other interests include spending time with my family and friends, traveling, anything on HGTV, reading, and getting out on the lake when the weather permits!

If you are interested in learning more about either North Shore Middle School, LIFE Charter, or our other offerings, please contact me at mschmidt@hartlake.org or at 262.369.6742.

Megann Schnickel

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4K Teacher Hartland North Elementary Work Phone: (262) 369-6710

My name is Megann Schnickel and I am a 4K teacher at Hartland North. I have been at North since 2014, but I have taught 4K for nearly 8 years. I graduated from WCTC with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I earned my Bachelor Degree from Cardinal Stritch University in 2014. My degree certifies me to teach children age Birth – 3rd Grade.

I love teaching 4K, as no two days are ever the same! I enjoy helping small children to feel comfortable with their first school experience. I love to watch them discover new ideas and experiences in science, literature and numbers. The joy of learning starts early and I am honored to be their first teacher!

Outside of school I live with my husband and two sons in Menomonee Falls. My boys love baseball and when we are not on the Little League field – we are at Brewers games together! If we are not busy with sports or music lessons – we love to spend time outside camping and traveling to new places. We also have two dogs who keep us on our toes and many chickens that we care for too!

I can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to 4K and to Hartland North!

Carrie Smith

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North Shore Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

I am currently in my 19th year of being a special education teacher.   I happily co-teach with several teachers here at North Shore Middle School.  I love to collaborate with my colleagues about how to best meet the individual needs of all students.

Bethany Soderlund

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Food Service Director Work Phone: 262-369-6700

Kim Soik

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7th Grade Science North Shore Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

“What I love about teaching is . . . seeing a child glow with pride, confidence, and excitement as they help describe a new concept that they just recently came to understand with another.”

Mrs. Kim Soik 7th Grade Science

Ph: 262-369-6767 X 2405 (please leave urgent messages with school secretary rather than voicemail)

I have been teaching in the Hartland-Lakeside School District since 2009, with experience as a seasonal teacher and substitute in Kettle Moraine, Hartford, and Menomonee Falls.  I attended several colleges in Wisconsin, graduating from UW-Whitewater in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, with Minors in General Science and Art Education. I am a committed lifelong learner, as I continue to pursue graduate credits at UWM in science education research. Prior to teaching, I hold dear my experiences working with animals and medical professionals as a Veterinary Technician for nine years.

Although I have lived in Colorado, I am a Wisconsin Native, growing up in Menomonee Falls. I currently reside in Waukesha with my tolerant husband, two darling children, and numerous pets. I would describe my comfort zone as in a zoo.

One of the coolest things about being a middle school science teacher is that you can actually witness a child’s reasoning start to come from a different part of their brain.  For the first time students are asked to contemplate really abstract ideas like molecules and energy, un-comprehendible scales, and how to deal with uncertainty.  I intend to nurture a love for science and fuel the student’s ambition to learn by striving to make the curriculum meaningful and engaging, in the hopes that they will continue to aspire to learn. By developing higher thinking skills, I hope that my students will be able to define their own idea of personal success and have the tools to achieve it.

My teaching philosophy is that many students learn best when they are actively engaged in rich learning experiences, “Doing Math or Doing Science.”  I currently teach Earth Science (Weather), Chemistry, Biology, and Physical Science through a fusion of inquiry based and project based learning units and use multiple instructional strategies and simulations to make learning as hands-on as possible. 

I allow retakes and always welcome students to come in for help.  Students can schedule time to come in before or after school on my weekly sign-up sheet located in the classroom.  If a student has missed a lab activity, I ask that they schedule to make it up within a week, so that I can arrange for lab materials to be available.

 “Create a romance with the idea of knowing.” -Alfred North Whitehead 1929

PBS: Earth From SpaceThe teacher suggested extension for this unit is to watch the PBS program Earth from Space, then state a claim made in the video and site the evidence used to support that claim.  An example of a claim might be: Warm water streaming past the coast of Africa can cause extreme weather in North America. What information in the video supports that claim?

Students are also welcomed to create his/her own extension if he/she is motivated to investigate something else that is relavent to weather.  Please present your extension idea to Mrs. Soik.


Weather lesson 1: weather eventsWhat is weather?  What kind of things make up weather? What kinds of things did you see in the video, were they weather?

National Weather ServiceThis is the website recommended by a meteorologist when charting the weather conditions.


Lesson 2.2 Conduction AnimationFrom this animation of air molecules next to a flame, tell me 2 key observations you notice about how thermal energy (heat) is spread through air molecules.


Amazing weather photosExtreme Instability has amazing weather photographs and makes a DVD all about storm chasing and how to become a storm chaser.



Online Career Aptitude TestREMEMBER, your interests and talents are still evolving!  This is just for fun!


Susan Stellhorn

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Early Education Teacher Hartland North Elementary Work Phone: (262) 369-6710

I have been an Early Childhood Teacher in the Hartland-Lakeside School District for 29 years…and I love it!  I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from UW-Madison and Mater’s Degree in Early Childhood Exceptional Education from UW-Whitewater.

I am passionate about providing my students with an exciting and engaging learning environment that supports language development and encourages exploration and interaction.  I want to create an atmosphere that facilitates independence, success, and a love of learning.  It is amazing to watch each child grow and achieve their goals throughout the school year and I am truly blessed to be a part of that!

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, volunteering, traveling, and doing anything outdoors!

Beth Stone

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Psychologist North Shore Middle School and LIFE Entrepeneurial Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

I am a school psychologist and have worked at North Shore Middle School since 2002.

Here are some of the things I do as a school psychologist:

  • Meet with students to help them with academic, behavioral, social, or emotional issues
  • Meet with teachers and administrators to analyze data and determine support services for students
  • Work with parents to address concerns about their children
  • Conduct special education evaluations and serve on IEP teams
  • Serve as the 504 coordinator for my building
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