Six educators join New London’s elementary staff
By Bert Lehman
When school starts on Thursday, Sept. 1, six new elementary school teachers will greet students in the New London School District. Here are New London’s new elementary school teachers.
Guell attended UW Stevens Point and received his bachelor’s degree in physical education, health education and adapted physical education.
Originally from Waupun, he spent three years teaching at Gibraltar Elementary School in Fish Creek.
In the New London School District Guell will teach K-4 physical education at Lincoln Elementary School as well as Sugar Bush Elementary School. He’ll be at Lincoln on Monday, Thursdays and Fridays; and at Sugar Bush on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
“I enjoy conveying a healthy lifestyle and sharing my passions with others,” Guell said.
He added, “I would like to become acclimated to the community of New London, implement my super fun curriculum, and get to know each student and staff member.”
Johnson has 12 years of teaching experience, including teaching grades 3 through 12. He attended UW Oshkosh, receiving a degree in special education with an emphasis in cognitive/intellectual disabilities.
Originally from Ashwaubenon, Johnson will be a cross categorical special education teacher for grades K-6.
“I love working with families and staff to improve student achievement and raise student self-esteem,” Johnson said. “I love, love, love, that students are the focus of my day.”
He said his goals are to be more effective in teaching.
“I’m always looking to grow and make positive connections with families of children with special needs,” he said.
Hailing from New London, Managan attended UW Stevens Point, receiving a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education and a minor in learning disabilities and math.
She has two years experience as a cross categorical special education teacher.
In New London she will teach fourth grade at Lincoln Elementary School.
She said she enjoys learning the different personalities of her students.
She also has a goal to connect with her students, families and the community.
Mertz attended UW Green Bay, where she received a bachelor’s degree in education and Spanish, as well as a master’s degree in applied leadership for teaching and learning. She has also received bilingual and ESL licensures through UW Green Bay.
She is originally from Valders, and has taught in the Green Bay Area Public School District for five years. She spent one year as a bilingual kindergarten teacher, two years as a bilingual first grade teacher and two years as a bilingual instructional coach.
She will be a bilingual teacher for grades K-6 at Parkview Elementary School and New London Intermediate/Middle School.
“What I love most is that I am able to work with the staff, students, families, and community to bring awareness and advocate for our bilingual students’ needs in order for them to be successful by developing both their Spanish and English languages,” Mertz said.
She said she strives to build strong and trusting relationships with students.
“By doing this, I greatly look forward to growing my understanding in order to improve and refine my practice as bilingual education in the School District of New London,” she said.
Morrison is originally from Oakfield. He received his education degree from UW Oshkosh
He spent one year teaching in Brown Deer, and 14 years in the Marion School District. In addition to teaching, he has coached baseball at all levels throughout his teaching career.
In the New London School District he will teach fourth grade at Lincoln Elementary School.
“I love helping our young people learn, grow and achieve on their way to becoming who they aspire to be,” Morrison said. “I love that in doing so, I am doing something abundantly good for everyone.”
He added, “I hope to help continue the good work of my new colleagues in New London. I will work diligently to help drive student achievement in our district. I am looking to growing into my new family.”
Raised in Hortonville, Parker attended UW Oshkosh, where she majored in elementary and special education.
She student taught with Tara Olk, and said she is excited to start her first year teaching.
She’ll teach third grade at Parkview Elementary School.
From her experience so far, she said she enjoys “watching young minds develop into brilliant human beings.”
“My goal is to create an environment in which all students can reach their full potential,” Parker said.