Meet Our Teachers
KAREN BECK, Director and Teacher - 16 years with UHP
Karen became a part of the UHP community while living in Eagle Heights from 1998-2002. Her two children, Ellie and Alex, attended UHP. Karen was the Treasurer Board Member, a Parent Helper, and a Substitute Teacher before the Board hired her as the Director.
Karen loves to garden. She has two rain gardens filled with native perennials to help replenish ground water and keep the lakes clean as well as for pollinators. She has a love for insects, bugs, and being outside. She is a backyard beekeeper and has Walking Stick Insects in the classroom. She enjoys sharing her passion for insects, nature, science, math, and building with the kids!
Karen also enjoys kayak camping in the Apostle Islands, Wisconsin and tent camping in the Porcupine Mountains, Michigan.
Karen has been teaching for over 16 years. Her most recent accomplishment was earning her initial PreK - 3 teaching license through Concordia College receiving it in June 2020.
Susan Valko aka - Zsuzsanna - MWF Morning Teacher - Joined the UHP Community as a parent helper and Board Member when her children attended UHP - Starting to teach at UHP this year.
Renee Deschard - Substitute Teacher - 1 year with UHP
Renee has two children who attend UHP and is also the Fundraising Chair on the UHP Board. Renee was a public school librarian for 8 years in Wisconsin and is looking forward to working with children again (and reading fun stories!). Her favorite past times are dancing, listening to music, singing and playing tennis. Her favorite children's book author is Mo Willems.
Sara Quigle, T/TH Morning Teacher and Lunch Bunch Teacher - 5 years with UHP
Sara has been involved at the school in a variety of ways over the years with her two boys, now both alumni. Through her work as a Parent Helper and a Board Member, she has become a strong advocate for UHP's mission as a cooperative. She brings great warmth and fun to this team of teachers and helps continue UHP's tradition of bringing community and family together. I feel fortunate to be a part of this wonderful community and am really looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm of art and music with the class.
LAURA SCHROEDER, 11 years with UHP