800 E. North Shore Drive, Hartland, Wisconsin 53029

Staff Members

Lisa Strecher

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Special Education Learning Assistant Hartland South Elementary Work Phone: (262) 369-6720

Angela Sundstrom

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

What I love about teaching is having the opportunity to make music with young adults every day. The musical transformation students make from beginning band to 8th grade band is extraordinary and that, for me, is what keeps reaffirming my love of music.

Mrs. Sundstrom has been the Instrumental Music Director for the Hartland-Lakeside School District for 9 years. Before coming to Hartland, Mrs. Sundstrom taught middle school and high school bands in the Madison area. Mrs. Sundstrom graduated with honors from UW-Eau Claire in May 2003.

The Hartland-Lakeside Band Program offers many musical opportunities for our instrumentalists. There are concert bands in each grade beginning in 5th grade. Our highly esteemed Jazz Band meets before school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Instrumental students can also participate in the following events: NSMS Fall Play Pit Band, Breakfast with Santa in December, Solo and Ensemble in March, and the ever popular Spring Festival Trip to Gurnee, IL. The NSMS Jazz Band performs an annual District Tour in the Spring as well as an annual performance at Hartland Music in February. We partner with a number of community members and regional musicians to provide lessons and sectionals for our instrumental students.

Annette Svehlek

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3 Year Old Preschool Program Teacher Hartland North Elementary Work Phone: 262-369-6710

Andrea Tarkowski

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Home Phone: 262-369-6710

My family and I came to the Hartland-Lakeside school district in 2014.  Since then, I have slowly become more and more involved in the school.  Not only will I be volunteering at Hartland North for various PTO functions, I am excited to be WORKING at North this year.  If you come or call into the Hartland North office in the afternoons, you will likely be greeted by me.   I have two children in the district, one at North and one at South. We love to attend school functions and help in the school forest when we are not busy playing at home or boating at our cabin.  The fifth member of our family is our dog, Rocco, who likes to chase anything that comes into our yard.  Come on over and give Rocco some fun!

Ethan Tarvin

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Music Teacher North Shore Middle School Work Phone: 262-369-6720

Erika Thompson

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

Sue Thompson

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Special Education Learning Assistant North Shore Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

What I love best about teaching is the opportunity to empower students to be “their best.”  I am a learning assistant at North Shore and have worked in grades 6-8.  My career involves years of experience working as a Special Education teacher K-6.   My goal is to help middle school students realize the potential they possess while helping them make good choices.

Julie Van Zeeland

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Special Education Teacher North Shore Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767
I am one of four Speech/Language Pathologists (SLPs) here at HLSD.  I get to work with students from 4k through 8th grade at North Shore Middle School, Hartland South as well as two of the local parochial schools.
I received both my Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Marquette University and also hold my Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
I love getting to know all of the students here by participating in many different classes, working with students in the NSMS Buddies Club as well as the Track and Field Running Club.
My passion is helping students learn and making sure I do all I can so that ALL students will be included in whatever class and activity they want to be.  We are not a true community if even one of us is excluded from something.

James Vento

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8th Grade Math North Shore Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

What I like about teaching is: watching students transform in critical thinkers in addition to having fun while doing mathematics.

My name is Jim Vento and I am an alumni of Arrowhead high school. I received my bachelors degree from Carroll College and my Masters Degree from Carroll University. I am a father of three and a husband to a very patient wife, Kristen.

Students must bring 5 essentials to class everyday to be successful, a pencil, calculator, notebook, math book, and their homework. “Failing to prepare is preparing for failure,” by someone smart. Failure is not an option so I will do everything in my power to provide your child with a rich learning environment that will make them a better person and a smarter mathematician.

Barbara A. Volkmann

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4th Grade Teacher Hartland South Elementary Work Phone: (262) 369-6710
My name is Barb Volkmann and I teach fourth grade! I graduated with a degree in elementary education from UWM  in 1980 and earned a Master’s Degree from UW-LaCrosse in 2004. In addition, I am a Reading Recovery Advocate, a life-long learner and am currently involved with the district science team. I will continue to take classes to improve my craft and look forward to the many new challenges ahead! The best part of being a teacher is to watch the wonder in my students’ eyes when they discover a new skill that they can do!
My teaching experience began in 1980 in the Oak Creek School District as a Title One reading and math teacher. I have also taught in Champaign, Illinois Public Schools as a 5th-6th grade teacher. I have been teaching in the Hartland-Lakeside School District since 1993. I subbed for the district until 1996 when I became a first grade teacher. I taught first grade for eighteen years, one year in second grade and now am in my first year in fourth grade. I am looking forward to a great school year!
I have been married to Brad for 34 years and have three children. My oldest son Matt, 31, is a regional manager for Monster Energy Drink. He currently lives in Pewaukee. Katie, 29, is a senior account supervisor for Catapult Advertising in Minneapolis, MN. She lives there with her husband Matt, who is in sales, and newborn Ben! Ben, 3 months, is of course the cutest grandson in the world! Drew, 25, is a 3rd/4th grade multi-age teacher in the Muskego-Norway School District and is married to Ashley, a speech pathologist in the Greenfield School District. In addition I have a beloved 12 year old white lab named Abby! I am so proud of them all!

Jessica Walter

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

Heather Whelan

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Guidance Counselor Hartland Lakeside School District Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

This is my 16th year in the Hartland Lakeside School District. I graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and German. I went on to UW-Oshkosh where I received my Master of Education in School Counseling. In 2013 I attended Cardinal Stritch and obtained a Masters in Educational Leadership.

I live in the Hartland community with my three children who have all gone through the district. I enjoy traveling, reading, shopping and spending time with family.

I really enjoy my role in encouraging all the children to strive for their personal best. I am thrilled to be working with the students, teachers, administrators, and parents whom I so highly regard. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can help you or your child in any way.

Rachel Wiedeman

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6th Grade Science North Shore Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

What I love about teaching is making a difference in somebody’s day/life. Each and every student has such a unique background with their own amazing personality. I love connecting with the students and hopefully making a difference in the way they think, act, involve themselves, etc…

I graduated from UW-LaCrosse in 2005 with a teaching degree (1-8) and a science emphasis. While teaching, I then returned to Carroll University and graduated with my Master’s in Teaching and Learning in 2008. I taught for one year in Arizona, then returned home and have been in 6th grade science at North Shore Middle School since 2006.

In my class, we have a curriculum, IQWST, which is based on discovery. Students learn scientific principles and science/literacy/math standards through activities, labs, and exploration. I hold very high expectations for my students insisting that they are professional 6th grade scientists and how they write in Comm Arts is how they write for me. We learn how to pull information from our reading, how to respond and solve problems, as well as the “rules” of science. We cover a unit on Physical Science (light and sight), Chemistry (odors), Life Science (creatures), and Earth Science (how water shapes our Earth). Throughout all science classes at the middle school, they will learn how to respond as scientists to our Claim/Evidence/Reasoning format for report writing. Each year the expectations for the reports get higher as we prepare them for high school.

Elizabeth Wilkie

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

Gail Willey

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Learning Assistant Hartland North Elementary Work Phone: (262) 369-6710

Hello, My name is Gail Willey and I am a Learning Assistant at Hartland North. This is my fourth year in the district. My role is to provide reading intervention to students. I have been teaching for over 35 years as a special education teacher, program support teacher and 1st grade teacher. I have a terrific love for teaching reading, especially in the primary grades. I love the philosophy of Hartland Lakeside and working with such amazing staff, parents and students. So I guess you could say I have my dream job!!

Amy Zemlo

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

What I love about teaching is the opportunity to take my students to a new level of learning math – making it real and meaningful!

I love teaching math at North Shore Middle School. Prior to North Shore, I taught grades seven and eight mathematics in Maryland. I obtained my undergraduate Education degree in 2006 and received my Master of Science in Mathematics Learning and Teaching from Drexel University in 2010. My family grew in 2012 with the birth of my son.

In my classroom students are expected to come to class prepared and ready to dive into great math conversations. Homework is assigned on MOST school nights and small group participation is a must in my class. Students are working with their peers on a daily basis to delve into the following math topics: The Number System, Proportional Reasoning, Expressions & Equations, Probability & Statistics, and Geometry. Students are actively engaged in their learning while I facilitate the conversations and then summarize their understanding to the whole class. Math is no longer a “sit and get” classroom – students are talking, analyzing, justifying, and learning at a much deeper level than ever before!

Laura Zgrabik

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Aide Hartland North

Amy Zimmer

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

I teach 7th and 8th grade Spanish at North Shore. I began teaching in 1998 at Cedarburg High School and joined the staff at North Shore in 2004.

I graduated in 1998 with degrees in Spanish and English as a Second Language from UW-Milwaukee. In 2003, I earned a Master of Arts in History from UW-Eau Claire. My studies focused on the history of Latin America and Spain and also included coursework in Spanish. I have since completed more than 30 graduate credits on topics related to general, international, and technology education.

Participating in continuing education is important to me, as I am constantly looking for ways to improve my instruction and provide a rich learning environment for my students. I strive to support my students’ social and educational growth by providing them with interactive learning experiences to develop their ability to communicate with others in Spanish.

I love traveling in and have been to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay and Spain.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss the Spanish program at North Shore Middle School.

Lisa Zimmerman

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

What I love about teaching is no two days are the same!  Every child adds something special and is so excited about learning.  I have been with Hartland-Lakeside School District for 9 years as a parent and an employee. I have worked during the summer school sessions and in the Special Education Department. I am currently working on my Master’s degree in Cross- Categorical Special Education at UW-Whitewater.

I have lived in Hartland for 15 years.  My twin daughters are in 7th grade at North Shore Middle School and love going to school everyday.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, biking and downhill skiing.


Nicole Zupke

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5th Grade Hartland South Elementary Work Phone: (262) 369-6720

My name is Mrs. Zupke and I am one of the 5th grade teachers. I love teaching, exploring, learning and all of the fun we get to have. I have a degree in Communication and Education. I love to teach reading; in fact, I could teach it all day long! I can’t wait to help students become better readers and expose them to lots of new reading adventures. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with family and doing lots of outdoor activities throughout the entire year.

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