232 North Church Street, Hartland, Wisconsin 53029

Staff Members

Erin Kasten

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1st Grade Teacher Hartland North Elementary Work Phone: (262) 369-6710

What I love most about teaching is being able to impact and make a difference in my student’s lives each and every day! There is nothing more rewarding than the look in my student’s eyes when it finally clicks!

I earned my bachelors degree from UW-Whitewater with a certification in PreK-6th grade. I also earned my masters degree in teaching and learning at Carroll College University in December of 2008.

I have been married for 9 years to my husband Mike, and have two wonderful children who keep me very busy. Mya is 6 and Nolan is 4. I love being a mom!

In my first grade classroom, I feel that it is important to enhance learning opportunities by providing an environment where students’ love for life and learning are encouraged. It is important to do so by providing a safe, nurturing, positive learning environment where children feel a sense of belonging and community. It is my strong believe that if students are provided with many hands on learning opportunities through exploration, observation, and experimentation, learning with be fun and exciting for all students.


Katie Kieffer

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1st Grade Teacher Hartland North Work Phone: 262-369-6710

Sue Klopp

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Library Media Specialist Hartland Lakeside School District Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

Sue Klopp is the district library media specialist, managing the print and digital library resources at North, South, and North Shore Middle School. She has been in the district since 1990, except for a three year period when she was a youth services librarian at Pauline Haass Public Library in Sussex.

Daniel Kreif

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

Greetings, my name is Mr. Kreif and I am the Elementary Art Teacher here at the Hartland Lakeside School District! I rotate between Hartland North, Hartland Fine Arts Leadership Academy, and Hartland School of Community Learning. I live in Pewaukee with my wife Aleyna and my little dog, Indie. I enjoy snowboarding, building things out of wood, and going to concerts.

I graduated from the University Of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education and Ceramics with an Art History minor. During my schooling, I studied abroad with my ceramics professor for one month in Peru where I spent time in the Amazon, Cusco, and Machu Picchu. I have also traveled to Norway and I look forward to someday traveling to India. My travels in these countries have inspired me visually through their art and culture.

A lot of what I teach currently is inspired by my childhood and it makes me happy to provide these experiences for my students. When I was growing up, I would visit my grandparents and spend time in the basement woodworking with my Gramps and later go up stairs and work with my Grams using fibrous material to make projects. As a young child, using my imagination to create something real was a powerful experience. I was given the opportunity to explore these tools and processes and they have stuck with me throughout my life. I value the power and independence I can pass down to my young artists. I am really proud of how my students step up to the projects and challenges I present to them and feel lucky to be their teacher.

MaryJo Levene

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

Elise Lofgren

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5K Teacher Hartland North Work Phone: 262-369-6710

My name is Elise Lofgren and I am a 5K teacher at Hartland North.  In December of 2008, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  This school year will begin my 8th year teaching, but my first year with the Hartland Lakeside School District.  In my 8 years as a teacher I have taught both 4K and Kindergarten.  I love teaching the early grades and providing students with their first learning experiences.

My husband and I, along with our dog Gus, moved from the Madison area to Slinger over the summer.  We have also spent time living in Oak Creek and Fort Worth Texas.  Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, going to movies, and reading.

Amy Lussier

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4K Aide Hartland North Elementary Work Phone: 262-369-6710

Kay Malsch

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

Susan Martz

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2nd Grade Teacher – Digital Classroom Hartland North Elementary Work Phone: (262) 369-6710


Teaching is my second career; I first graduated with a journalism degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and worked in public relations. After realizing that my love was teaching and children, I went back for my teacher’s certification but am still able to use my writing experience and love for it in teaching my students the craft, or art of writing! I recently received my Master’s degree from Alverno College and have implemented much of my action research pertaining to read alouds into our second grade classroom.


I have lost track of how many years I have been teaching, but I think that this will be my seventeenth year! I began my career teaching both first and third grades in Ellicott City, (Howard County) Maryland and then also taught fourth grade in San Antonio, Texas. I was fortunate enough to join the staff at Hartland North seven years ago!


Hello, Hartland North Families! I am so excited to be at Hartland North teaching second grade! This is my seventh year teaching at Hartland North after moving here from San Antonio, Texas in the summer of 2006. My husband and I are very busy with our two sons, and we can usually be found watching them play sports (lacrosse and baseball) somewhere in the area. Connor, my oldest, is a sophomore at Madison, while Blake is a junior at Arrowhead High School. My family and I love this area, and it truly is a wonderful place to live! I am looking forward to yet another exciting year teaching second grade!


AnnMarie Meissner

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District Nurse Hartland Lakeside School District Work Phone: (262) 369-6720

My name is Ann-Marie Meissner and I am the District Nurse at Hartland North, Hartland South and North Shore Middle School. My nursing degree is from Carroll College (now Carroll University) and I received my National Certification in School Nursing in the spring of 2014. The 2014 – 2015 school year marks my fifth year in the Hartland Lakeside School District.

I have been a fan of the Hartland Lakeside School District ever since my oldest son, Christopher, started 5K here in 1997. Since then my two younger children, Emily and Benjamin, have attended school here as well. I am extremely lucky to now be working with such an awesome group of educators.

I truly enjoy building relationships with students, especially those with long-term health care needs. I have also enjoyed the opportunity to help teach the Human Growth and Development curriculum for the 5th through 8th graders. Every day brings a new adventure!


John Nekich

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Physical Education Teacher Hartland North Elementary, Hartland Fine Arts Leadership Academny, Hartland School of Community Learning and Hartland South Elementary Work Phone: (262) 369-6710

Lisa Nekich

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

What I love about teaching is building relationships and making connections with my students.

In June of 2000 I graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish.  In January 2011 I received my Masters Degree in Reading and Literacy from Walden University.  I began my teaching career in Milwaukee where I taught Kindergarten, First and Second Grade.  In 2014 I received training in Early Literacy Success (ELS) from Alverno College where I learned specific techniques to use with struggling readers and writers.

In September 2013, I began teaching Kindergarten in Hartland.  I love how this community is so eager to help our children grow.  I’ve witnessed this time and time again with parents helping in and out of classrooms, donating things and time, chaperoning, and being a team player in our school.

In my classroom, you might catch us speaking spanish, singing, dancing, and laughing all while learning what we all have to offer one another.


Ashley Neustifter

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

Kyle O’Rourke

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Physical and Adaptive Education Teacher Hartland North Elementary Work Phone: 262-369-6710

Michele Plank

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


What I love about teaching is introducing my kindergarteners to the wonderful world of reading and writing!!!  I love to see their eyes light up as they find words they know and love to hear them tell stories like a storyteller!!!  It is such a privilege to be a part of their lives at this point in time.
I have previously taught preschool and 2nd grade and am currently teaching kindergarten for the 11th year.  It is truly my passion!  I am a lifelong learner having received my undergraduate degree from Carroll University, my masters degree from Alverno College along with credits in Reading Recovery and graduate course work in science. I am also passionate about fully inclusive classrooms and enjoy teaming with staff to adapt our classroom environment for all students.
Our daily classroom routine includes a balanced literacy curriculum that immerses the students in literacy throughout the morning.  We enjoy lots of interactive books, poems, and songs. Our math curriculum encourages student leaders and builds confidence in our students as they develop a strong sense of numbers, counting, comparing, and demonstrating their thinking. All students take a leadership role in all areas and work throughout the day in flexible groups as we work to build independence with all students.
I personally enjoy the outdoors – gardening, kayaking, and running – I enjoy sharing this with the students and in the fall and spring we take advantage of our wooded property and explore nature. Kindergarten is a fun place to be!!!


catherine Purdy

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Music Teacher Hartland North Elementary Work Phone: 262-369-6710

Amy Russell

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

My name is Amy Russell and I am a Special Education Teacher at Hartland North Elementary.  I received my Masters in Special Education Cross Categorical from University Wisconsin Whitewater.  This is my fourth year at Hartland North.  Previous to that I was in the Oconomowoc School District.

I live in Oconomowoc with my Husband Rick, our three children Cole, Maggie, Anna Kate, and our dog George.

I am very fortunate to be working for Hartland Lakeside school district, and have been very happy in my position as a Special Education teacher. I  believe immensely in our full inclusion philosophy, and have witness such growth and positive outcomes from this model.  I believe that all children can learn and thrive within a classroom of diverse learners.

My youngest daughter, Anna Kate was born with Down Syndrome.  I am involved with the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin, the National Down Syndrome Congress, and Special Olympics.  Anna Kate is such a bright light in our family and has taught us all so much about life in so many ways.

When not teaching I love to spend time with my family.  We are an outdoors family and enjoy  all things that include being outside or on a lake!  I love animals and enjoy horseback riding.  We spend a lot of time throughout the year in Northern Wisconsin which is a very favorite place of mine.   We also love to spend time in Door County and Florida in the spring. Anywhere there is an opportunity to be on the water boating and swimming.

Annie Scharpf

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

Megann Schnickel

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

My name is Megann Schnickel and I am a 4K teacher at Hartland North. I have been at North since 2014, but I have taught 4K for nearly 8 years. I graduated from WCTC with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I earned my Bachelor Degree from Cardinal Stritch University in 2014. My degree certifies me to teach children age Birth – 3rd Grade.

I love teaching 4K, as no two days are ever the same! I enjoy helping small children to feel comfortable with their first school experience. I love to watch them discover new ideas and experiences in science, literature and numbers. The joy of learning starts early and I am honored to be their first teacher!

Outside of school I live with my husband and two sons in Menomonee Falls. My boys love baseball and when we are not on the Little League field – we are at Brewers games together! If we are not busy with sports or music lessons – we love to spend time outside camping and traveling to new places. We also have two dogs who keep us on our toes and many chickens that we care for too!

I can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to 4K and to Hartland North!

Stephanie Smith

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2nd Grade Teacher Hartland North Elementary Work Phone: 262-369-6710
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