Faces of GBAPS 2021-22

The Green Bay Area Public School District is lucky to have staff and students with a wide range of talents, interests, and rich life experiences. The Faces of GBAPS series profiles these unique members of our community each week during the school year.

Elise WilliamsElise Williams is an active and engaged senior at Southwest High School. She’s so busy in fact, that her friends like to joke that she “lives at school.” Elise is the senior class president, Intra-City Student Council representative, a National Honor Society member, and Link Crew participant. Elise is passionate about music and plays many instruments, including the electric bass guitar, trombone, and the cymbals. Elise plans to make music her future career. She is leaning towards attending the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh to major in music education. Eventually, her goal is to become a band teacher. Elise has enjoyed being active in high school music activities, including marching band, color guard, show choir, jazz band, and drumline. She also played in the pit for the Southwest musical, and participated as a cast member. One of Elise’s personal heroes is her band teacher Ms. Sara Baye. She looks up to Ms. Baye because she loves music. Elise credits Ms. Baye for making the band a class she can’t live without.

Andrew VilliesseAndrew Villiesse is the culinary instructor at East High School. Prior to teaching at East, he also taught at Preble and Southwest High Schools. Andrew is a UW-Madison alum, where he studied microbiology and literature. He is also a proud Southwest High School graduate (Class of 2003). Since age 15, Andrew has worked in restaurants from Sturgeon Bay to Madison. Andrew brings his love of cooking to the classroom. Thanks to recent renovations, East High School was able to add Culinary 3 to its culinary arts pathway. Andrew loves the diversity of the students at East. Students share recipes and foods from their culture, which provides new experiences for Andrew and his students. Andrew’s proud moments are when his students share with him how they have used what they learned in class to cook a meal for their families or explain how they modified a recipe. Andrew is passionate about teaching students how to cook, because he knows it is a skill they will use throughout their life.

Jameson HuberJameson Huber is a senior at Southwest High School. After high school graduation, he plans to attend the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater to major in marketing or accounting. After college, Jameson plans to work at his family’s business, 1st Class Real Estate. At Southwest, Jameson enjoys playing basketball and golf. He especially enjoys his business classes, and says that Mrs. Volk is his favorite teacher. His Business Principles class with Mrs. Volk is a personal favorite, as the class runs a waffle business on Wednesday mornings. Jameson is involved with DECA at Southwest, as well as FBLA. Both organizations will help him achieve his business goals in the future. In his free time, Jameson enjoys playing video games, watching movies with his dad, and cheering on his favorite Wisconsin sports teams. His favorite place to travel is Florida, and he loves spending time on the beach.

Joel DelwicheJoel Delwiche is a school psychologist at Martin and Nicolet elementary schools. This is Joel’s second year working for the Green Bay Area Public School District. Prior to joining the District, he earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater and his postgraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Joel is a graduate of Preble High School, and says his Psychology class at Preble sparked his interest in the field of school psychology. Joel enjoys the team atmosphere at both of his elementary schools, and values the conversations he has with his colleagues on how best to support students. Outside of work, Joel enjoys playing basketball, golfing, and watching sports. He especially enjoys rooting for the North Carolina men’s basketball team. 

Brooke HockBrooke Hock is a senior at Preble High School who has made the most of her high school experience. She enjoys volunteering in the community, plays softball, and has been a member of AVID (a college readiness program) at Preble since her freshman year. She is also involved in National Honor Society, Key Club, Link Crew and more. A highlight of Brooke’s high school career was organizing a fundraiser for disabled veterans called “Home Runs for Heroes.” A home run softball derby was held in October, and Brooke was able to raise $3,372 to support Disabled American Veterans (DAV) with support from one of her coaches, Brad Foytik. Her grandfather served in the Army for 21 years, so this cause is especially close to Brooke’s heart. Brooke also enjoys volunteering at an annual veterans picnic, and the Special Olympics bowling tournament. She has also donated her time to Paul’s Pantry, the Salvation Army, and has been a tutor. When she’s not volunteering, Brooke enjoys playing softball, camping, boating, playing games with family and friends, and being outside. She also likes spending time with her puppy, and cooks and bakes as well. In the future, Brooke is leaning towards a career path in engineering. 

Raquel RandRaquel Rand is the new District Library Media Coordinator for Green Bay Area Public Schools. Prior to her new role, Raquel was a technology integrator and a library media specialist at three elementary schools in the District. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, and her master’s degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Raquel has always loved to read, and teaching others is a skill that comes naturally. At this point in her life, she actually listens to audiobooks more frequently than she reads physical books. Although she loves many genres, she is partial to thrillers and mystery novels. Outside of work, Raquel enjoys taking long walks with her son while they listen to an audiobook together. She also loves sports, and plays on three different volleyball teams. 

Jerry SkaletskiJerry Skaletski has been a facility technician at Wequiock Elementary School for 12 years. Prior to Wequiock, he worked as a custodian at Edison Middle School and Southwest High School, for a total of 26 years serving students in the Green Bay Area Public School District. Jerry’s favorite part of his job is keeping the building clean for when students enter the building, supporting teachers with whatever they may need, and keeping everyone in the building safe. Jerry considers the staff at Wequiock to be “one big family,” and appreciates how everyone steps in to help one another when needed. Jerry is the only male staff member in the building, and always takes time for students when they are feeling down and need a minute to talk with him. He makes sure to check on them throughout the day, and reminds them that, “tomorrow will be a better day.” In his spare time, Jerry enjoys grilling, golfing, hunting, and biking - anything outdoors!

Yakatahawine Zacarias SkenandoreYakatahawine Zacarias Skenandore is an active and involved sophomore at Preble High School. She grew up in a culturally diverse home as her father is Puerto Rican and her mother is Native American. Growing up, she was part of the Spanish bilingual program at Danz Elementary and Edison Middle School. Yakatahawine’s mother is a traditional Iroquois Earth songs teacher. Native American songs and traditional dances have always been part of Yakatahawine’s life. She currently holds the title of Little Miss Oneida for the Oneida Nation, and enjoys sharing and celebrating her culture with others. Yakatahawine has always been an involved student, and has enjoyed being part of AVID, Multicultural Achievement Committee (MAC) Scholars, forensics, the school newspaper, and more. She also plays soccer for the Preble High School soccer team and a club team. In her free time, Yakatahawine enjoys reading and socializing with friends. In the future, she plans to attend a four year university, and hopes to have a career that involves supporting children. 

Lyle Metoxen

Lyle Metoxen is a First Nations Cultural Resource Specialist at King Elementary School. Prior to coming to the Green Bay Area Public School District (GBAPS), Lyle had a career in law enforcement for 30 years. He was part of the Oneida Nation Police Department for 22 years, and worked as a school liaison officer for the Oneida Nation School System. After only a year in retirement, Lyle joined the Green Bay Area Public School District. Lyle is a proud enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, and enjoys serving our students, parents, and the community. As a member of the GBAPS Title VI Indian Education team, Lyle would like to encourage any GBAPS families who belong to a recognized tribe or identify as a descendant to fill out the Federal 506 form in order to receive Title VI services. The primary focus of the Title VI team is to provide culturally relevant resources to parents, students and staff, as well as literacy and engagement. There are also opportunities for parents to get involved, including the Title VI Parent Advisory Committee. Lyle has been married for 36 years, and enjoys traveling with his wife in his free time.

Sara NoahSara Noah is the new Executive Director of Finance for Green Bay Area Public Schools. Prior to her new position, she was the city administrator for Oconto. Sara has always been drawn to the field of accounting because she enjoys when things are in balance, and when there is a definite right answer to a question or problem. The education field is dear to Sara’s family, as her mother taught French and English. Sara attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a major in accounting. She is excited to be part of the Green Bay Area Public School District, and has enjoyed her experience so far. In her free time, Sara loves spending time with her two sons and husband. She loves to travel, golf, and shop. Sara also loves to read, and enjoys diving into a good book as an escape from reality. 

Kyaw NarKyaw Nar (Kyaw is pronounced Jaw) is the new Karen Bilingual Paraprofessional for the Green Bay Area Public School District (GBAPS). Karen languages are spoken in lower Myanmar (Burma) and on the borders of Thailand. Kyaw came to the United States from a Thailand refugee camp in 2010. He is an East High School graduate, and attended Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) to study IT Support. Prior to his new position with GBAPS, Kyaw was employed at WeConnect as an enterprise specialist. Kyaw is looking forward to supporting students and families within GBAPS who have a language barrier, just like he had when he came to Green Bay. He understands the experience of refugee children, and is excited to be a resource for them. Outside of work, Kyaw enjoys spending time with his family, walking the trails, hunting, watching movies and playing video games. 

Kim KleinKim Klein wears many hats at East High School - she’s an attendance secretary, library secretary and the audio/visual (AV) room coordinator. Kim describes herself as a “Jill of all trades,” and loves to be part of the East High School community. Kim is also a professional photographer part-time, and specializes in natural light portraits. She takes all the photos for the Why East? social media campaign, which features East High School students. Kim enjoys connecting and building relationships with the students, and feels it is important that they are seen and heard. Kim wants all students to feel welcome and part of the East High School family. In her free time, Kim loves to dance, read, take photos, walk and skate. 

Mary Lofy BlahnikMary Lofy Blahnik began her new role with Green Bay Area Public Schools as the Executive Director of Human Resources on July 1, 2021. Previously, she was the Director of Instruction for the School District of Sheboygan Falls. Mary’s father was a professor, and she knew from a young age that she wanted to be an educator. It’s exciting for her to be in a role where she can help secure the best and brightest staff in the Green Bay area, and she cannot imagine a career outside of education. Since starting her new position in Green Bay, she has been impressed with how friendly and welcoming District staff have been. Outside of work, Mary loves volunteering. Her husband is a volunteer firefighter for the Silver Creek Fire Department in Manitowoc, and she volunteers as the fire department’s auxiliary president. Mary and her husband also volunteer to provide respite care for foster children.

Ileana PaganAt only 11 years old, Lombardi Middle School sixth grader Ileana Pagan has already won her first big art contest - the annual Packers Student Art Contest (grades 6-8 division). The contest encouraged students to share an artistic representation of what the Packers mean to them. Ileana’s winning submission included a depiction of a yellow ribbon wrapped around the Lombardi trophy, and two hands clasped together. Her artwork is particularly meaningful, as it represents the Packers role in supporting Ileana’s family while her brother battled childhood cancer. As a contest winner, Ileana won tickets to an upcoming Packers game, a $5,000 donation to the Lombardi art program, and her artwork will be displayed at historic Lambeau Field. Ileana plans to take her father and brother to the Packers vs. Bears game in December. Ileana’s favorite classes at Lombardi are art and orchestra. She has enjoyed drawing since she was three years old, and likes to draw in her free time. In the future, Ileana would like to attend college to pursue a career where she can help people, potentially as a nurse

Emily Koepp is a senior at Preble High School, and the president of the District’s Intra-City Student Council. She is also the president of DECA, a student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. In the past, she was also secretary of the Intra-City Student Council. Emily loves to be involved with her school and help out the community. In her free time, Emily volunteers at the Freedom House in Green Bay, an organization that provides shelter, meals and basic necessities to families struggling with homelessness. In her position as Intra-City Student Council president, she enjoys being a voice for students in the Green Bay Area Public School District. She is also involved with Preble High School’s Link Crew as a leader for the underclassmen. Emily will graduate from high school in 2022, and is still applying to colleges. She is interested in attending Boston University or Boston College. Emily plans to study history and political science, and hopes to attend law school in the future to become a lawyer. 

Amy SterckxAmy Sterckx is the Executive Director of Technology and Information for Green Bay Area Public Schools. Amy began her career in the District in 2010, prior to taking a position as the Director of Technology for Sturgeon Bay School District in Door County, WI. Amy has always enjoyed working with students, and finds working in an educational setting very rewarding. Prior to joining the Department of Technology, Amy taught at Danz and Franklin. She has also taught English Language Learners at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Amy is the chair of Wisconsin Education Technology Leaders (WETL), and the co-chair of WIT4Girls, where her goal is to attract, grow, and retain women into technology-related careers. Her specific focus as the co-chair for WIT4Girls is to help young girls become interested in the technology field. In her free time, Amy and her family spend time outside whenever they can. They enjoy boating, snowmobiling, and hiking. Amy also has a love for photography and keeps her hobby alive by documenting her family’s adventures through photos. Her family is interested in do-it-yourself projects, and they are always keeping busy with home-building, landscaping and car restoration.   

Melissa Wojcik, principal

Melissa Wojcik is the new principal of Langlade Elementary, located in the Village of Allouez. Prior to joining GBAPS, Melissa was the principal at two private elementary schools in Luxemburg-Casco. Melissa’s educational philosophy is to create a positive school culture for students and staff, so that everyone can become the best possible version of themselves. Melissa has always enjoyed working with children, and finds the work to be meaningful and impactful. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin - Superior. Melissa is looking forward to being part of the Langlade school community, and is excited to learn more about the Deaf & Hard of Hearing program offered at Langlade. Outside of school, Melissa enjoys spending time with her children and family, taking photos, riding bicycles, and baking cakes for special 

Jessica Malcore is the new principal of Wequiock Elementary School Children’s Center for Environmental Science. Prior to becoming the principal of Wequiock, Jessica was an associate principal at Danz Elementary and Red Smith School, and taught at Aldo Leopold Community School. Jessica has always had a strong love for working with students, and prides herself on being an integral part of helping kids learn, grow and find their way. She attended the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay for her undergraduate degree and master’s degree, and earned her school administrator’s license from Concordia University. In her new position at Wequiock, Jessica is most excited to partner with staff, students and families. She is looking forward to being part of a school with a strong environmental connection, supporting students to be good stewards of the environment by giving back to Earth and their community. In her free time, Jessica enjoys running, taking small road trips with her family, and doing anything outdoors.

Tanya FennerTanya Fenner is the new principal for Sullivan Elementary, the District's largest elementary school. Prior to joining GBAPS, Tanya was the principal at Merrill Elementary School in Oshkosh. This is Tanya’s 22nd year in education and her 8th year as a principal. Tanya has always loved working with children. She attended the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh with the intention to become an audiologist. After completing an internship in special education at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, she decided to switch her major to education after a wonderful experience there. In her free time, Tanya enjoys hiking with her family, spending time with her children, and reading. She is very excited about her new role at Sullivan Elementary, and can’t wait to connect with her families and staff.

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