Meet The New Faculty & Staff

Meet The New Faculty & Staff for the 2015/2016 school year!

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Jamie Breiwick – Instrumental Music

  • Former Band Director at Maple Dale School, Fox Point, WI (2002-2015)
  • Jazz Trumpet instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • 2014 National Grammy Music Educator Award Semi-Finalist
  • Co-Founder of Milwaukee Jazz Vision-a non profit organization dedicated to advancing the development and growth of the JAZZ community in Milwaukee.
  • Jamie performs nationally and regionally and you can follow him on twitter @jamiebreiwick
  • B.S., Music Education – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • M.S., Education – University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

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Jacob (Jake) Bray – Technical Theatre Director

  • Former Faculty member at Chicago’s High School for the Arts (2011-15)
  • Lead Teacher/ Technical Director – Musical Theatre Experience
  • Guest Artist – University of Wisconsin – Parkside
  • Jake served as the resident lighting designer at P.C.P.A. Theaterfest in Santa Maria, California. Other credits include the world premier opera Sundance for the Syracuse Society for New Music, the west coast premier of The Bed for The Camino Real Playhouse, and the world premiere of Our Dog Skip for the Grand Central Arts Center.
  • B.S., Theatre, Design & Production – California State University Fullerton
  • M.F.A., Theatre Design – Brandeis University

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Arooj Mukarram – Upper School Science

  • Teaching Assistant in Physics at UWM (2010-15)
  • Responsible for updating curriculum, experiments and tutorials for Intro to Physics at UWM
  • Former Faculty Member at Salam High School in Milwaukee
  • Recipient of UWM Physics Graduate Student Foundation Award
  • B.S., Physics & Math – Quaid-i-Azam University
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • M.S. Physics – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Crystal Vesperman – Upper School Mathematics

  • Former Faculty Member at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (2014-15)
  • Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth Summer Program
  • Former Faculty Member at Oak Creek H.S. and St. Joseph H.S. (Kenosha, WI)
  • Former Faculty Member at Oak Creek H.S. and St. Joseph H.S. (Kenosha, WI)
  • Ph.D., ABD Mathematics Education – Indiana University, Summa Cum Laude
  • M. Ed., Education – Cardinal Stritch University, Summa Cum Laude
  • B.A., Mathematics – Carthage College, Magna Cum Laude

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Clare Costello – Middle and Upper School English

  • Former Faculty Member at the Winchendon School in Winchendon, MA (2012-15)
  • Teaches Humanities and Creative Writing
  • M.A. Candidate, English – Breadloaf School of English, Middlebury College
  • B.A., English – Carleton College

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Fletcher Paulsen – Vocal Music

  • Recipient of the Gwendolyn Braun Schmiedeskamp & Hazel Bothe Memorial Scholarships at Carthage College
  • Carthage’s Director of Choral Activities Dr. Eduardo Garcia Novelli describes Fletcher as a natural leader with a radiant personality and engaging, contagious positive attitude.
  • Member of the National Association for Music Educators (NAME) & American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
  • B.M.E., Carthage College

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Shaun Liesch – Assistant Director of Athletics & Director of Fitness Center

  • Former Director of SPS Sports Performance at Razor Sharp (2013-2015)
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • B.S., Health and Fitness Leadership – University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

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James “Jim” Zielinski – Co-Director of College Counseling

  • Director of Admissions at Beloit College for the last 20 years
  • Member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling and several state and regional affiliates.
  • Board of Directors of the College that Change Lives Consortium and Tour
  • M.S., Education – Alfred University, New York
  • B.S., Business Administration – SUNY Fredonia

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Dana Handrow – Speech Pathologist on The Compass Team

  • Former Faculty Member Kenosha Unified School District (2009 -2015)
  • B.A.  Speech Communication – University of Wisconsin – Eau Clair
  • M.A., Communication Sciences and Disorders – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire


Tony DeFranco – Technology Support Specialist

  • Attending Gateway majoring in Computer Science.