Todey to Head WASB Board, Southern Door Chooses Valedictorian, Salutatorian

Sue Todey has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Wisconsin Association of School Board’s (WASB) 15-member board of directors. She represents WASB Region 3, which comprises 36 northeast Wisconsin school districts. 

WASB Executive Director John Ashley said, “Our association and the children of Wisconsin will continue to benefit from her leadership.”

Todey has served on the Sevastopol School Board for 14 years, is her board’s legislative liaison, has been active in WASB committees and serves on numerous community boards. She has worked as a teacher, school counselor, central-office administrator, university ad hoc instructor and Department of Public Instruction education consultant

Ella Wienke, daughter of Tollef and Sheila Wienke, is Southern Door High School’s 2020-21 valedictorian. She plans to attend a university in the Twin Cities of Minnesota to pursue her passions for music and education. 

Wienke’s high school activities have included varsity swimming, the YMCA swim club, three high school musical productions, show choir, Solo and Ensemble competition, National Honor Society and student government. She is also a Global Education Achievement scholar. Outside of school, she leads her church’s musical worship teams and has participated in several mission trips. 

Laris Krauel, daughter of Dan and Callie Krauel, is Southern Door’s salutatorian. In the fall, she plans to attend DePaul University to major in actuarial science. 

In high school, Krauel has been active in Student Council and the National Honor Society and has completed more than 40 hours of community service. She has also participated in softball, volleyball, powderpuff football and the math team, and she is also a Global Education Achievement Certificate scholar. Outside of school, she works at Door County Jellystone Park.

Danielle Thompson, a speech and language pathologist and language and literacy consultant with the Montana-based Transformative Reading Group, will visit the Sturgeon Bay School District March 1-3 as a literacy consultant. She will help to audit the reading curriculum, reading screeners and reading interventions; work with the district on future steps; and support best practices in literacy. 

Thompson holds a doctorate in literacy studies and cares about clarifying what educational potential looks like at every level, maximizing it and inspiring leaders, teachers, students and families through transformational practices.

Two Gibraltar alumni have earned Dean’s List honors at their respective universities.

Ryan Kropuenske of Baileys Harbor made the Dean’s List at South Dakota State University, where students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and earned at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale to receive the distinction.

Lauren Kita, also of Baileys Harbor, was honored with inclusion on the Dean’s List at UW-Platteville. As an industrial engineering and Spanish major, she earned a 4.0 GPA last semester.