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! Plus, she loves singing and doing process art and projects with the children.
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.
Tabitha Engstrom, MWF Lunch Bunch Teacher - First year with UHP
Cristina Rioja, TR Lunch Bunch Teacher - First year with UHP
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.
We are recruiting a Tuesday/Thursday morning teacher, 8:15am - Noon and a Monday - Friday Lunch Bunch teacher, 11:30 - 1pm. The lunch bunch teacher can choose to teach 2, 3, 4, or 5 days. If you love children and being outside with them, please apply by emailing a letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are the job descriptions:
LAURA SCHROEDER, 11 years with UHP