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May 16, 2005

School Board appoints new Special Services supervisor

The Hamilton School Board approved the appointment May 16 of Martha Freeman as the Special Services supervisor, contingent on contract release from her current employer. Freeman replaces Charlene DeGroot who will retire in June. Freeman will begin her position July 1.

“We are pleased to be able to hire an individual whose abilities and expertise will allow her to provide strong leadership in the Special Services Department,” Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke said. “Ms. Freeman is a highly collaborative problem-solver capable of working with divergent populations and cultivating creative solutions.”

For the past four years, Freeman was the Student Services director for the Greenfield School District. She had been a program support teacher in Greenfield before assuming the administrative post. She began her career in education in the Waukesha School District where she worked for 16 years in teaching positions and as a diagnostic teacher.
Freeman earned her bachelor’s degree in 1978 from Carthage College and her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

District recognizes retirees for service to district

It was an evening for recognition and tribute as the Hamilton School Board honored 16 employees who have or will retire in the 2005-06 school year.

Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., provided descriptions of the retiree contributions to the district and their schools. The retirees were honored with a reception before the meeting
and gifts of a clock, Legislative plaque and a certificate from the Deparment of Public Instruction. The 2004-05 retirees are:

  • Harold Becker, district grounds keeper;
  • Barbara Berggren, Marcy administrative assistant;
  • Avis Dallman, Lannon administrative assistant;
  • Charlene DeGroot, Special Education supervisor;
  • Gloria Dutz, Hamilton library-media specialist;
  • Gloria Meleo Foster, school social worker;
  • Theresa Joers, Woodside first grade teacher;
  • Mary Kuether, Templeton guidance aide;
  • Dale Kuntz, Templeton associate principal;
  • Mary Mitter, Hamilton High School head cook;
  • Virginia Olson, district payroll supervisor;
  • Paul Peterson, Marcy fourth grade teacher;
  • Monica Ann Schulteis, Hamilton family and consumer education teacher;
  • Beverly J. Thielen, Woodside second grade teacher;
  • Ann Wegner, Templeton business technology instructor;
  • Charles Wickler, Maple Avenue Elementary School art teacher; and
  • Gerald Zirbel, school psychologist.

Community Service Award given to Wasser

Pauline Wasser, a Marcy, Templeton and Hamilton parent, was awarded with the 2005-06 Community Service Award for extraordinary contributions to the entire school district. Superintendent Cooke presented Wasser with the award thanking her for her role was a school volunteer and for providing leadership as a Home & School officer, referendum campaign committee member and legislative liaison on behalf of parents in the district.

Personnel changes OK’d

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • accepted the retirement request of Templeton guidance aide Mary Kuether, effective June 17;
  • appointed Melissa Sosic as a Woodside teacher, John Plese as a half-time Hamilton physical education teacher, Jennifer Schultz as a Marcy kindergarten teacher, and Marianne Baker as a part-time Lannon Early Reading Empowerment teacher; and
  • increased to full-time the contracts of Diane Paquette, Hamilton communcation arts teacher, from 83 percent and Ellen Acuff, Hamilton art teacher, from 33 percent.