Prescott Staff Feature
Celebrating our staff members for the amazing work they do!

Prescott School District Welcomes Human Resources Coordinator

Elizabeth (Liz) Roberts is the new Human Resources/Benefits Coordinator for the Prescott School District. She brings over 20 years of administrative experience to the table with expertise in human resources and employee benefits. Her hiring was approved at the March School Board meeting.

Originally from Noblesville, Indiana, a suburb north of Indianapolis, Liz began her career as a legal assistant for Baker & Daniels, now known as Faegre Baker & Daniels, a large law firm in Indianapolis. Her 10 years at Baker & Daniels set the tone for legal research, writing, and analytical skills in reading and interpreting contract law.

A move to Noblesville Schools followed and Liz held many positions in this rapidly growing school district for much of her career:
  • Executive Secretary to the Superintendent
  • Substitute Teacher Coordinator
  • Food Services Coordinator
  • Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
  • Human Resources/Benefits Coordinator
Liz assisted in developing a high functioning and well-respected human resources department as the district grew.    

A marriage in 2015 prompted a move and a career change as an HR Benefits Professional at the University of Minnesota. While her time at the University was invaluable, Liz is excited to return to a K-12 education environment at Prescott School District.

Deb Huppert, the current HR Coordinator, has grown the HR position in her 32 year career with Prescott School District. Before Deb transitions to a well-earned retirement this summer, she will assist in introducing Liz to her position in the district and complete projects that in progress.

“We wish Deb a very fulfilling retirement and will certainly miss her expertise and longevity at the school district.  And we also welcome Liz and look forward to her contributions to continuing the professionalism and progress in our Human Resources efforts,” noted Dr. Rick Spicuzza, School Superintendent.


Mr. Jeff Ryan, Prescott High School Baseball Coach
Congratulations to Coach Ryan for his induction into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame!

The Prescott Baseball program was in the spotlight at the state convention as a local coach and player received official recognition for their contributions to the sport. 

Surround by family, friends and colleagues, Prescott Baseball Coach, Jeff Ryan, was officially inducted into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association (WBCA) Hall of Fame at the annual convention on Saturday, February 9, 2019.   
 
Over the past three decades, Mr. Ryan has successfully coached Prescott teams to 12 conference champions, a State Runner-Up finish in 1999, and a State Championship in 2012.  Although Mr. Ryan is quick to give full credit to the players and his mentor, former coach Steve Block (a 2001 hall of fame inductee), his love of the game is a lifelong passion.  A ball player since his youth, he went on to play for the Blugolds while attending college at UW-Eau Claire where he was a two time All Conference selection.  Mr. Ryan has coached baseball since moving to Prescott for a teaching position after graduation 30 years ago.
 
Along with success on the field, Mr. Ryan has made his mark as a High School Social Studies teacher. A recipient of the Herb Kohl Teaching Award (2000) and the 2016 Wisconsin Indian Education Award Winner: Ron Satz “Friend of Indian Education”,  that same passion for coaching is apparent in his approach to teaching, as well.  His understanding and respect for Native Americans has spilled out of the classroom and into the community through immersion experiences at Lac du Flambeau Reservation. Over 300 students and countless community members have benefited from that unique programming.

Although unable to attend the convention, sharing some recognition in the Prescott baseball legacy, Peter Brookshaw, a 2018 Prescott High School graduate was also recognized at the annual convention.  The Prescott record holder for hits, doubles, runs scored, and batting average, Brookshaw added District 1 Division 2 Player of the Year and Spring State Player of the Year for Division 2 to his list of accomplishments.  

12 Days of Christmas at Malone Elementary School.

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Mr. Steve Peterson, Prescott High School Counselor
Mrs. Tracey Budworth, Prescott High School ELA Teacher

PRESCOTT HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATORS NAMED CLAES NOBEL EDUCATOR OF DISTINCTION

Steve Peterson and Tracey Budworth, educators at Prescott High School in Prescott, WI, were recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). Mr. Peterson has been the High School Counselor with the Prescott School District for twenty years. Mrs. Budworth is entering her sixth year with Prescott, teaching ELA for three years at the middle school and now at the high school.  As role models to pupils, Mr. Peterson and Mrs. Budworth were nominated by students for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in their profession.   

Each year student members of NSHSS are invited to nominate the educator who has made the most significant contribution to their academic career for the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award. This honor recognizes exemplary educators whose passion and devotion inspire their students to grow and develop as scholars, leaders and citizens.

The National Society of High School Scholars seeks to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving students through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study and peer networks. From attending the annual Nobel Week festivities in Stockholm, to internships with major corporations and government agencies, pre-college summer study programs, and more than $2,000,000 in exclusive scholarships awarded annually, NSHSS is continually seeking new ways to provide lifetime learning and growth opportunities for academically talented and accomplished student leaders, and the educators who support them.

“Dedicated educators who exhibit a commitment to excellence deserve our highest praise and appreciation," said NSHSS President James W. Lewis. “Through our Educators of Distinction program and the grants we provide to support professional development and enrich classroom instruction, we hope to acknowledge and encourage the vital work of the teachers, counselors and administrators who are shaping the intellect and character of our young scholars."

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) was formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and NSHSS members become lifetime members. At each step along the way - from high school to college to career - NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions. Currently, there are more than 1,500,000 Society members in over 170 countries. To learn more about NSHSS, please visit www.nshss.org.

 

Ms. Donita Stepan was chosen to serve as the principal for Malone Intermediate School, which houses third through fifth-grade students.  Ms. Stepan graduated from St. Cloud State University with an Elementary Education degree, several reading licensures, and a middle school English endorsement.  She subsequently earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, a K-12 Principal License, and a Superintendent’s license. 

 

Most recently, Ms. Stepan served in Byron Public Schools as the Interim Intermediate Principal and Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. With over 25 years in education and experience working with students from Kindergarten through 12th grade, Ms. Stepan brings a strong background to the Principal position in Prescott.

 

“As Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through the doors - staff, students, and parents - are excited to be here,” says Ms. Stepan. She looks forward to partnering with the Prescott community.
 


Mrs. Sara Dusek
was selected as the principal for Malone Elementary, which serves students in 4-year-old Kindergarten (4K) through second grades.  Mrs. Dusek earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Northern Iowa and her Masters of Arts in Education from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She earned her Administrative License through edu-CATE-WI in New Richmond.

 

Along with many years of elementary classroom teaching, Mrs. Dusek has a strong background in staff support , instructional coaching, and administration.  She most recently served the Mahtomedi Public School District as the Achievement & Integration Coordinator and the Mahtomedi Compensation Plan Coordinator.  Prior to coordinating those programs, she was an elementary instructional coach and classroom teacher for several years.  

 

Mrs. Dusek and her family reside in River Falls. “I look forward to collaboratively creating a culture of learning with the staff, students, and families of Malone Elementary School,” she noted.
 

Mr. Greg Lenn:  4th Grade teacher at Malone Intermediate School
Fox 9 Top Teacher Award
 

On Friday, May 11, Prescott students and faculty gathered expectantly at a special Cardinal Pride Assembly in the Malone Intermediate School Gym.  It was the end of Teacher Appreciation Week and they were in for a surprise.


Familiar faces from Fox 9 TV News were on hand to present a very special award to Fourth Grade teacher, Mr. Greg Lenn.  As a surprise to most in attendance, Mr. Lenn was recognized as a Fox 9 Top Teacher Award recipient with a presentation by Fox News personality, Cody Matz.  

 

According to Matz, hundreds of nominations were received for this award and Mr. Lenn was one of 9 chosen this year based on his amazing dedication to his students. Among many other examples, Matz noted that Mr. Lenn is a military veteran and helps his students appreciate our military with special contributions to the Veterans Day activities, which he helps coordinate in Prescott.

 

This year, Mr. Lenn has guided his students through the grief of losing a classmate, Ava, and the process of honoring her memory.  “Ava had a big impact on me. I am so pleased her memory will live on in a special park for children in our community,” Mr. Lenn stated in his remarks.  Ava’s family is part of a local effort to create a Fairy Garden Wonderland in Prescott to honor their children’s lives.  It will provide a place of creative of play and imagination for all children.  Ava’s mother was present as the award was received.

 

Also in the audience was Mr. Lenn’s wife and mother.  “We are so proud of him,” they both echoed.  “He is so dedicated to his students, to his family.  It is truly an honor to be here as he is recognized.”

 

Cody Matz read a portion of the nomination that described Mr. Lenn with a quote by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, “A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.”  This truth was apparent in the tears of gratitude and happiness from his coworkers who support his positive work with students, other teachers, and the community.

 

Mr. Lenn has been a Prescott teacher for over 20 years.  He was a second grade teacher for most of those years and recently moved to the fourth grade.  Some of his current students have been in his class twice as a result of that move. “Mr. Lenn is an amazing teacher and mentor and well deserving of this recognition,” noted Principal Deanne Edlefsen.

 

Mr. Lenn’s award as a Fox 9 Top Teacher includes a $900 check to the school from Royal Credit Union, a Subway sandwich party for 50 friends, and a crystal apple award for his desk.
 
Mr. Jason Brazzale: PHS Biology Teacher
2018 Wisconsin Excellence in Science Education Award


An excerpt from his award recognition letter from the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers...


Jason Brazzale, a biology teacher at Prescott High School was recently recognized by the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST) for the Excellence in Science Education Award.  WSST recognizes science teachers annually for their achievements.  The purpose of this award is to foster excellence in science instruction and to recognize that excellence.  This award is given annually to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of science education in Wisconsin. 

Jason has spent the last 12 years in biology education, he has also taught human and has implemented the courses of Environmental Science and Biotech at Prescott.  Jason states he has “ had the good fortune of associating with some top-tiered, high respected educators who have served as colleagues, mentors and role models for me.”  

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Mrs. Marie Magnan: Prescott School Disitrct Nurse, R.N., B.S.N.
2018 School Nurse of the Year


Marie Magnan received the Katheryn Etter School Nurse of the Year Award today surrounded by family and colleagues at the WI Association of School Nurses spring conference. The award criteria is based on excellence in school nursing practice, including Quality, Education, Collaboration, Research, and Leadership. Congratulations on a well deserved honor and thank you for your dedicated years of service in the Prescott School District!

Marie is pictured here with her husband Tom, and three of her daughters.  She is the mother of 7 and grandmother to more, including all of "her children" at PSD.


Mr. Nick Johnson: Prescott High School Varsity Basketball Coach
2018 WI Basketball All-Star Head Coach


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Coach Nick Johnson was selected as the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association's All-Star Head Coach, just a short month off his teams' incredible state tournament run.  The Cardinals were crowned the 2018 state champions after a buzzer beating three-point shot by senior Peter Brookshaw over the number one seed, Valders Vikings.

"When I was asked to be the head coach I was extremely honored and excited," Johnson said. "It's a credit to our program's success and what our kids have been able to accomplish over the past several years."

Johnson will have his own assistant coach, Pat Ptacek, on his bench along with Glenwood City's Tristan Kittilson.

"What Pat has done for Prescott basketball is beyond great," Johnson said. "The time and effort he puts in makes our program what it is. Choosing Tristan from Glenwood was an opportunity to get another great coach and friend on our staff."

"Nick has exemplified what it means to work hard, and it's been fun to be a part of that," Ptacek said. "I'm excited to coach these amazing players who we get to interact with and see if we can help shape them a little bit. And there's a chance they're going to teach us something.

There will also be a familiar face on the court, Cardinal senior Peter Brookshaw.  The WBCA All-Star games highllight seniors in each division who, along with thtie basketball talent, show excellent character.  This year Brookshaw, received all-state honors after this season in which he averaged 30.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

"It's a blessing being recognized as an all-star," Brookshaw told the Herald. "It shows that all the hard work you have done is paying off."

The all-star games started back in 1978, and each year the purpose of the games is to raise funds to help fight against childhood cancer.