Meet the Staff
Hello and welcome to our Staff Page! Here you will find staff bios as well as contact information for each staff member. As principal of STEM, I’m proud to work with such a fine team of individuals who have dedicated themselves to this profession. Our teachers have all chosen to embark on a path that requires a great deal of extra work and dedication to their students. Our staff regularly attends professional development around the state and country and also speaks at conferences regularly about what we are doing at STEM. I’m privileged to be able to serve here and can confidently say that the choice to attend STEM means you/you’re child are in classrooms with the best of the best! Please feel free to reach out to myself or any of our teachers if you have any questions.
Mr. Scottberg has been the proud principal of Fond du Lac STEM Academy since 2017. He has a deep interest in how students learn and enjoys being able to serve in a school where student learning takes a front seat! Mr. Scottberg’s previous experience includes being an assistant principal at Fond du Lac High School, lead teacher of a project-based learning school in Ripon, WI, as well as being an at-risk teacher and science teacher. He enjoys backpacking and hiking with his family as well as gardening and taking care of his apple trees.
Ms. TenPass joined us in 2019 as our school secretary. Before coming to STEM, Ms. TenPass spent 2.5 years in the Whitewater Unified School District as the assistant to the superintendent of schools as well as the secretary to the school board. Before that, she worked in the Waupun School District as the intermediate school secretary for 4 years and was a special education IA before that. Ms. TenPass lives in FDL and enjoys doing home projects, taking walks, and enjoys a great bonfire.
Kim McGrathTeacher: Elementary
Mrs. McGrath is a teacher with the STEM Elementary school. Mrs. McGrath began teaching at STEM in 2012 and has been with us ever since! She enjoys spending time outdoors and near the water. She loves kayaking, hiking and any time she can spend near the water. She also enjoys spending time with her family, exploring and learning new things.
Carlie StiglerTeacher: Elementary
Ms. Stigler has been a mentor teacher at STEM since 2014. She enjoys the project based, inquiry driven approach to teaching and learning at STEM. She has also taught English as a foreign language in Italy and the Czech Republic. She graduated in May of 2019 with her masters in curriculum and instruction. In July 2019, Ms. Stigler obtained her yoga teaching certification with an emphasis in student and teacher social-emotional well-being and the connection to academic outcomes in compulsory education. Ms. Stigler enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, listening to podcasts, and reading.
Tony MarkonTeacher: Science and Math
Mr. Markon joined STEM in the 2018-2019 school as a high school mentor teaching science and math. Mr. Markon has been excited about the process of developing the high school at STEM. Before STEM, Mr. Markon taught for five years at Ripon High School primarily teaching Chemistry and AP Chemistry. Mr. Markon went to School at Michigan Technological University where he earned a degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry before earning his Masters in Education. As part of his Masters program Mr. Markon was a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda. Mr. Markon’s wife is also a chemistry teacher in Oshkosh meaning between the two of them they have heard every chemistry pun possible. They have two daughters, Claira and Eleanor, who undoubtedly will enter into the Arts. In his free time Mr. Markon enjoys curling and golfing.
Todd HayesTeacher: Science and Math
Mr. Hayes is a lifelong Fond du Lac-area resident – grew up on a farm in the Lomira school district, and lived in Lomira and FDL after college. He has a wife and 3 boys, with one currently attending STEM. All of his family takes martial arts classes (and he teaches) at Martial Arts America in Fond du Lac, and they spend a lot of time and the FDL YMCA.
Mr. Hayes earned his finance degree from UW-Whitewater, and worked for National Exchange Bank & Trust for 8 years as a credit analyst. He attended Concordia University’s teacher credentialing program to earn his Business & Information Technology license. He taught at North Fond du Lac, teaching middle and high school business classes for 4 years, and then spent a couple of years as an at-home dad for his boys. Since then, He’s spent 4 years at Moraine Park Technical College as a recruitment and advising specialist and as K12 Partnership Coordinator.
Carrie Beth RoseTeacher: Special Education
Mrs. Rose is one of the proud special education teachers at STEM! Mrs. Rose came to us from Fond du Lac High School back in 2019, where she spent four years as a special ed teacher. Her wealth of experience will be most appreciated as we enter this coming school year. We are thrilled to be able to have Mrs. Rose at STEM, where she is looking forward to serving all of our students!
Killian EdwardsTeacher: Special Education
Ms. Edwards is one of our proud special education teachers and has been with STEM since 2018.
Rachel SchwartzbardTeacher: Math
Ms. Schwartzbard is a middle and high school math teacher here at the STEM Institute. She comes to us from New Jersey, where she grew up, but she’s a converted Wisconsinite after being at STEM since 2017! Her favorite things about being an educator at STEM are the opportunities to work with the same students over multiple years and working with the students in the project process as they explore and apply a variety of topics. When she’s not in the classroom, you can find her running, reading, cooking, or spending time with friends and family.
Jenny FinertyTeacher: Math
Mrs. Finerty teaches both middle and high school ELA/English. She’s been with STEM since 2018 and lives in New London with her husband and three children. Before becoming an English Teacher, Mrs. Finerty was a graphic designer and still holds on to an appreciation for art and the creative process. When there is not actively a book or other reading material in her hands, she may likely be found outside hiking in the summer or snowboarding in the winter.
Michael TheisTeacher: Social Studies
Mr. Theis began his initial teaching career at STEM Academy in 2020. He quickly became adept at teaching multiple subjects and cohort/online groups. His love of social studies and desire to get to know students helps serve our school community in many ways! Mr. Theis enjoys sports and is a football and track coach in the district.
Linda RadtkeTeacher: Spanish
Senora Radtke has taught Spanish K through Spanish 5 throughout her 27-year career. She teaches Spanish to students at STEM in grades 6-12. She was raised in Costa Rica, Argentina, and Ecuador. She loves taking students on trips to Spanish-speaking countries and has been to Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Spain in the last 10 years. She enjoys reading books and watching movies with her granddaughters.
Rochelle SchaveTeacher: Art
Mrs. Schave has been teaching Art in the district since 2000 and has taught grades K-12! She has worked with STEM students since 2018 and loves incorporating an “A” in our name to call us Fondy “STEAM.” Mrs. Schave’s experience lends itself toward working with students at all levels of our school. In her spare time, Mrs. Schave enjoys 4 wheeling, snowmobiling, camping, gardening, walking, swimming, cooking for my family, and creating things, reading.
Leslie MantheyTeacher: Media
Mrs. Manthey works as both a tech coach and media specialist for the district. She acts in both rolls for STEM, but teaches our media classes for our students. Mrs. Manthey loves working with our kids as she helps guide them in coding and interactive technology lessons. Mrs. Manthey has also enjoyed the process of helping us design our new Media Lab here at STEM, which should be completed in the Spring of 2021!
Christine SesingSchool Nurse
Mrs. Sesing is our school nurse and has been with STEM since 2014. Her experiences in the healthcare field are vast and she loves being able to come and work with our students every week! Mrs. Sesing has a caring heart for both students and staff and this shows in how she takes care of everyone in our building.
Mr. Hall is our head custodian and has worked in our building for over 30 years! Mr. Hall is dedicated to ensuring that students have a safe, clean facility to learn and grow in. He is a local resident and takes great pride in a building that has seen great change over the last thirty three to four decades.
Mr. VanEgetern is our evening custodian and has been with STEM since 2012. He was born and raised in Fond du Lac and enjoys working with staff and students, while ensuring all students have a safe and clean facility to learn and grow in. He can regularly be found engaging with students about their projects and talking about fishing.