Our Staff

The teachers and staff at Kradwell School are experienced and dedicated professionals, committed to building a learning environment that empowers and accepts every student for who they are. They enjoy working one-on-one with students, and truly embrace the differences that make each person special. Many have a long tenure with Kradwell, which speaks to their passion for educating, mentoring, and helping students rise up to reach their full potential.

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Mary Helen Schulte

Director/Principal
414-454-6599
mary.schulte@aurora.org

Mary Helen joined the faculty in 2006 as a Special Education/Middle School Teacher. She was named Assistant Principal in January 2013 and has been Principal since 2015. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing games, and listening to good music.

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Leslie Newman

Program Coordinator
414-454-6593
leslie.newman@aurora.org

Leslie joined the faculty in 1996. She has her B.A. in History and a M.A. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

I enjoy walking my dog, spending time with my family and friends, and learning new things.

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Karen Boeckmann

Community Impact Coordinator
414-773-4354
karen.boeckmann@aurora.org

Karen joined the Kradwell staff as a substitute teacher in May of 2011. She joined the faculty as a Middle School Teacher in January of 2013 and was named the Community Impact Coordinator in 2016. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University.

I enjoy hiking and camping with my family.

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Erica Tome

Careers, Health, and English Teacher
414-454-6727
erica.tome@aurora.org

Erica joined the Kradwell faculty in 2016. She has a B.S. in Exceptional Education from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

I enjoy watching my kids play indoor and beach volleyball.

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Jay Mallas

Social Studies and Physical Education Teacher
414-454-6598
jay.mallas@aurora.org

Jay has taught at Kradwell since 1993. He has a B.S. in Secondary Education from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

I enjoy traveling the US (especially to see historical sites). I am an avid viewer of baseball, hockey, and football, and still enjoy playing golf, bowling, and the occasional softball game.

"We have teachers and staff who are eager to engage our students — to be warm, receptive, and really understand mental health issues, or whatever else they may be dealing with."

- Leslie Newman, Kradwell Program Coordinator

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Jamie Moilanen

Math and Physical Education Teacher
414-773-4353
jamie.moilanen@aurora.org

Jamie joined the Kradwell staff in 2002. She has a B.A. in School and Community Health from Winona State University.

I enjoy taking photographs, especially of my sons' sports.

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Jon Van Beckum

Social Studies and Physical Education Teacher
414-454-6775
jon.vanbeckum@aurora.org

Jon joined the Kradwell faculty in 1998. He has a B.A. in History from St. Norbert's College and an M.S. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

I like to read and spend time outdoors.

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Janelle Piontek

English Teacher
414-454-6674
janelle.piontek@aurora.org

Janelle joined the Kradwell faculty in 2005. She has a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and an M.E. in Instructional Technology from Cardinal Stritch University.

I enjoy hiking, biking, cooking, and gardening.

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Deborah Pietsch

Math Teacher
414-454-6592
deborah.pietsch@aurora.org

Deborah joined the Kradwell staff in 2014. She has a B.S. in Special Education from the University of Illinois.

I enjoy reading and watching my kids play hockey.

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Martha Tinajero

Spanish and Math Teacher
414-454-6781
martha.tinajero@aurora.org

Martha joined the Kradwell staff in 2009. She has a B.S. in Secondary Education from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. I also enjoy singing and playing the guitar.

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Mary Kline

English and Social Studies Teacher
414-395-8125
mary.kline@aurora.org

Mary joined the Kradwell faculty in 1995. She has a B.A. in History from Marquette University and a Master's in Comparative Literacy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

I like to travel.

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Dianne Patzfahl-Vorce

Science, Life Skills, and Transitions Teacher
414-773-4355
dianne.patzfahl-vorce@aurora.org

Dianne joined the Kradwell faculty in 2010. She has a B.S. in Learning Disabilities from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an M.A. in Learning Disabilities from Cardinal Stritch University, and a M.A. in Reading from Cardinal Stritch University.

I enjoy my Wheaten Terrier, cooking, and traveling.

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Patrice Noonan

Art Therapist
414-773-4326
patrice.noonan@aurora.org

Patrice joined the Kradwell staff in 2004. She has a B.A. and M.S. in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University.

I enjoy playing tennis, drawing, and spending time with my family.

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Jean Gorectke

Teaching Assistant
414-773-4355
jean.gorectke@aurora.org

Jean joined Kradwell in 2016. She has a B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Peg Vitkus

School Secretary
414-454-6590
peg.jordan@aurora.org

Peg joined the Kradwell staff in 2005.

I enjoy sewing, quilting, gardening, and playing the flute. My 4 grandchildren also keep me very busy!