STEM Academy

401 South Military Road Fond du Lac, WI 54935

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. 

Thank you,

Tim Scottberg
Principal

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Tim Scottberg

Principal

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. 

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Cathy Ziegler

Secretary to the Principal

Miss Ziegler has been a resident of Fond du Lac her entire life and has been with STEM since August 2021.  She has over 20 years of Secretarial and Administrative Assistant experience, with the majority being in the rail industry.  Miss Ziegler’s hobbies include cooking, gardening, music, and art. She also loves nature and animals.

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Tony Markon

Teacher: 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.

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Todd Hayes

Teacher: 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.

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Carrie Beth Rose

Teacher: 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!

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Killian Edwards

Teacher: Special Education

Growing up in the Fond du Lac area, Miss Edwards has been with the Fond du Lac school District since 2015, and with STEM since 2018. She was one of the Fond du Lac Boys and Girls tennis coaches for 5 years and has recently taken the position as Head Varsity Coach. Initially, she got her degree in Elementary Education but decided that working with special education students was her passion, so she went back to school and got her K-12 license in this field. Miss Edwards is so excited to be working at STEM and being a “Shark” and is one of our proud special education teachers.

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Jenny Finerty

Teacher: 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.

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Michael Theis

Teacher: 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.

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Linda Radtke

Teacher: 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.

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Rochelle Schave

Teacher: 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.

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Leslie Manthey

Teacher: 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!

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Christine Sesing

School 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.

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Bill Zimmerman

Custodian

Mr. Zimmerman is our head custodian and has worked in the Fond du Lac School District since 2008. Formerly a custodian at Woodworth, he has joined our team in December 2021. Mr. Zimmerman is dedicated to ensuring that students have a safe, clean facility to learn and grow in. He grew up in Fond du Lac and continues to be a resident of our community.

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Allan VanEgtern

Custodian

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.

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Thomas Triller

Teacher: German

Mr. Triller is the German teacher at STEM. Before coming to Fond du Lac, he spent most of his twenty-five-year career teaching internationally, in five different countries on three different continents. He is also a Social Studies teacher and has worked extensively for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program as the co-author of a Social Studies textbook, as well as an examination author and principal examiner.

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Erin Baumann

Teacher: Middle School Science and Math

This is Mrs. Baumann’s first year teaching at the STEM Academy and she is teaching middle school science and math. She was born and raised in “da U.P.” of Michigan and went to Michigan Technological University where she received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. There she met her husband Matt and they moved to Fond du Lac after graduating. Together they have two daughters, Pearl and Ruby and two cats, Hank and Frank. After switching career paths twice and having her family, she realized that teaching was her calling in life and is currently finishing up her master’s degree in education through Marian University. She is so excited to be working at a STEM-based school and considers it her literal “dream job”. In her free time she enjoys camping with her family, reading books, and sewing. She also loves jokes, so if you have a good one, she would love to hear it!

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Lindsay Shank-Kirchner

Teacher: Band/Orchestra

Mrs. Shank-Kirchner teaches band & orchestra at STEM Academy. She has been with the Fond du Lac School district since 2015. She considers herself to be a pianist and cellist but also plays several band instruments as well as all the remaining string instruments. Lindsay enjoys working with the STEM students and collaborating with them to put on performances. In her spare time she enjoys knitting and spending time with her husband Colin.

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Jaime Straks

Teacher: 6th Grade ELA/English and Social Studies

Mrs. Straks is currently our 6th grade ELA/English and Social Studies Teacher.  This is her third year with the Fond du Lac School District, first year at STEM!  She came from Chegwin Elementary, and prior to joining the Fond du Lac School District, she taught for 6 years in the Oshkosh Area School District. She loves Middle School, and her passion for History and Reading are a perfect blend to her areas of teaching.  

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Laura Weber

School Counselor

Miss Weber is currently in her first year at STEM and in the Fond du Lac School District. She recently graduated from UW-Stout with her Master’s in School Counseling, and previously graduated from UW-La Crosse with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and At-Risk Youth Care. Miss Weber is from La Crosse, and recently moved to the area to begin working within the FDLSD. Her hobbies include baking, hanging out with her blind pitbull, watching anything and everything on Netflix, listening to mystery podcasts, and enjoying the outdoors (when the Wisconsin weather is reasonable).

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Stephanie Cochrane

Elementary Teacher

Miss Cochrane is the current elementary school teacher at STEM and will become part of the middle school staff during the 2022/23 school year. This is her third year of teaching, but first year in the Fond du Lac School District. Miss Cochrane is a graduate of UW-Oshkosh and has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in history. She fell in love with teaching because she had supportive teachers who worked diligently to ensure she was able to reach her full potential and has a strong drive to ensure that each of her students succeed in the same way. When Miss Cochrane is not at school or teaching, you can find her at home trying new recipes, reading, playing video games, watching one of her favorite shows, or going to local sporting events. When the weather permits, she loves going on adventures with her friends.