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Westonka Schools Welcome New Teachers

September 2, 2019 — Westonka Public Schools is proud to welcome several new teachers to the district for the 2019-2020 school year.

Hilltop Primary School

Alyssa Kanive joins the Hilltop staff as a kindergarten teacher. Prior to being a long-term sub in Orono the past two years, Kanive spent three years as a math specialist for the New York City Board of Education and two years teaching second-grade in Peoria, Illinois. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Kanive has three school-aged children. She is looking forward to a great year full of new friends, new adventures and new discoveries.

HT-SH teachers

SH & HT, from left: Alecia Allen, Ashley Clemensen, Alyssa Kanive & Olivia Ronningen

Shirley Hills Primary School

There are three new faces at Shirley Hills this year, but all of them are familiar. Alecia Allen will be a first-year kindergarten teacher, after spending last year as a student teacher in the kindergarten department at Shirley Hills. Ashley Clemensen will be the new art specialist. Prior to spending the past five years teaching elementary art in both Hutchinson and Sibley East schools, Clemensen was a kindergarten paraprofessional at Shirley Hills. Olivia Ronningen also joins the kindergarten staff as a first-year teacher, after spending last year at Shirley Hills as a student teacher in kindergarten.

Grandview Middle School

Annmarie Umland comes to Grandview after serving as a long-term art substitute at Minnetonka High School last year. Umland graduated with a BA degree from the University of Minnesota and is currently working on her master's of education degree at Bethel University. She will also serve as the assistant varsity soccer coach.

Breana Wollner is the new setting 3 special education teacher at Grandview. She earned a bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University - Moorhead in secondary education with a minor in multicultural studies. Wollner will complete her master's degree in special education from Augsburg College in the spring of 2020. Wollner is familiar with the Westonka District, having previously served as a special education paraprofessional at Shirley Hills.

GV teachers

GMS, left to right: Breana Wollner & Annmarie Umland

Mound Westonka High School

Amy DiGuadio joins the MWHS world language department as the American Sign Language teacher. DiGuadio, originally from Buffalo, NY, has her BS in elementary ed from St. Bonaventure University and her master's degree in deaf education from Canisius College. She taught at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind and St. Mary's School for the Deaf. DiGuadio is the mom of two spectacular stepdaughters and a huge Labradoodle. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading murder mystery books and spending time with her family.

Courtney Koerner joins the special education department at MWHS. She compiled a 4.0 grade point average at Augsburg College, while earning a bachelor's degree in special education. Koerner, a Westonka graduate, has worked at Adventure Club, did her student teaching at MWHS and fulfilled a long-term substitute position at the high school last year.

MWHS welcomes Aaron Wood to the business and math departments, where he will begin his seventh year of teaching after spending six years in finance. Wood grew up in Walla Walla, Washington. He and his girlfriend moved to Minnesota after living in Seattle for five years. Wood enjoys golf, hiking and playing with his dog, Kona. He and his partner are expecting their first child in October.

MWHS teachers

MWHS, from left: Courtney Koerner, Amy DiGaudio & Aaron Wood