800 E. North Shore Drive, Hartland, Wisconsin 53029

Staff Members

Kathleen Richards

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English Language Arts Teacher North Shore Middle School Work Phone: 262-367-6767

Julie Ryan

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Special Education Teacher North Shore Middle School and LIFE Entrepreneurial School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

This is my fourth year at NSMS/LIFE.

Lee Schedler

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Work Phone: 262-369-6710
Hello! I, Lee Schedler, am so thrilled to be part of this superb school!
Graduating from UW-Madison with a K-8 license, I loved teaching Grade 6  ELA for over 15 years in Whitefish Bay. Now that my two children are in college (one at UWM and one at UW-Madison) my husband Matt and I will be moving to Lake Country. Being a member of this outstanding staff at North Elementary, I am eager to facilitate those AHA! moments where students make learning their own. In our free time, Matt and I love to take long walks with our yellow Labrador Luna, read a ton of non-fiction—and (seasonally speaking) in winter, we downhill ski at every opportunity; and in spring, summer and fall we manage our massive vegetable garden. An avid cook, I am eager to try at least one new recipe a week.

Michele Schmidt

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Principal North Shore Middle School Work 800 E North Shore Drive Hartland Wisconsin 53029 Work Phone: 262-369-6767

As the principal of North Shore Middle School and the Co-Special Education Director for the District.  I’d like to welcome you to our website! As we all know middle school is a time of immense change for adolescents, which makes my job both challenging, but extremely rewarding and humbling!

I am currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) program at UW-Madison, and I’m working on obtaining my doctorate in Educational Leadership. My other interests include spending time with my family and friends, traveling, anything on HGTV, reading, and getting out on the lake when the weather permits!

If you are interested in learning more about either North Shore Middle School, LIFE Charter, or our other offerings, please contact me at mschmidt@hartlake.org or at 262.369.6742.

Carrie Smith

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North Shore Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

I am currently in my 19th year of being a special education teacher.   I happily co-teach with several teachers here at North Shore Middle School.  I love to collaborate with my colleagues about how to best meet the individual needs of all students.

Bethany Soderlund

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Food Service Director Work Phone: 262-369-6700

Kim Soik

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7th Grade Science North Shore Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

“What I love about teaching is . . . seeing a child glow with pride, confidence, and excitement as they help describe a new concept that they just recently came to understand with another.”

Mrs. Kim Soik 7th Grade Science

Ph: 262-369-6767 X 2405 (please leave urgent messages with school secretary rather than voicemail)

I have been teaching in the Hartland-Lakeside School District since 2009, with experience as a seasonal teacher and substitute in Kettle Moraine, Hartford, and Menomonee Falls.  I attended several colleges in Wisconsin, graduating from UW-Whitewater in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, with Minors in General Science and Art Education. I am a committed lifelong learner, as I continue to pursue graduate credits at UWM in science education research. Prior to teaching, I hold dear my experiences working with animals and medical professionals as a Veterinary Technician for nine years.

Although I have lived in Colorado, I am a Wisconsin Native, growing up in Menomonee Falls. I currently reside in Waukesha with my tolerant husband, two darling children, and numerous pets. I would describe my comfort zone as in a zoo.

One of the coolest things about being a middle school science teacher is that you can actually witness a child’s reasoning start to come from a different part of their brain.  For the first time students are asked to contemplate really abstract ideas like molecules and energy, un-comprehendible scales, and how to deal with uncertainty.  I intend to nurture a love for science and fuel the student’s ambition to learn by striving to make the curriculum meaningful and engaging, in the hopes that they will continue to aspire to learn. By developing higher thinking skills, I hope that my students will be able to define their own idea of personal success and have the tools to achieve it.

My teaching philosophy is that many students learn best when they are actively engaged in rich learning experiences, “Doing Math or Doing Science.”  I currently teach Earth Science (Weather), Chemistry, Biology, and Physical Science through a fusion of inquiry based and project based learning units and use multiple instructional strategies and simulations to make learning as hands-on as possible. 

I allow retakes and always welcome students to come in for help.  Students can schedule time to come in before or after school on my weekly sign-up sheet located in the classroom.  If a student has missed a lab activity, I ask that they schedule to make it up within a week, so that I can arrange for lab materials to be available.

 “Create a romance with the idea of knowing.” -Alfred North Whitehead 1929

PBS: Earth From SpaceThe teacher suggested extension for this unit is to watch the PBS program Earth from Space, then state a claim made in the video and site the evidence used to support that claim.  An example of a claim might be: Warm water streaming past the coast of Africa can cause extreme weather in North America. What information in the video supports that claim?

Students are also welcomed to create his/her own extension if he/she is motivated to investigate something else that is relavent to weather.  Please present your extension idea to Mrs. Soik.


Weather lesson 1: weather eventsWhat is weather?  What kind of things make up weather? What kinds of things did you see in the video, were they weather?

National Weather ServiceThis is the website recommended by a meteorologist when charting the weather conditions.


Lesson 2.2 Conduction AnimationFrom this animation of air molecules next to a flame, tell me 2 key observations you notice about how thermal energy (heat) is spread through air molecules.


Amazing weather photosExtreme Instability has amazing weather photographs and makes a DVD all about storm chasing and how to become a storm chaser.



Online Career Aptitude TestREMEMBER, your interests and talents are still evolving!  This is just for fun!


Beth Stone

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Psychologist North Shore Middle School and LIFE Entrepeneurial Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

I am a school psychologist and have worked at North Shore Middle School since 2002.

Here are some of the things I do as a school psychologist:

  • Meet with students to help them with academic, behavioral, social, or emotional issues
  • Meet with teachers and administrators to analyze data and determine support services for students
  • Work with parents to address concerns about their children
  • Conduct special education evaluations and serve on IEP teams
  • Serve as the 504 coordinator for my building

Angela Sundstrom

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Band Teacher North Shore Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

What I love about teaching is having the opportunity to make music with young adults every day. The musical transformation students make from beginning band to 8th grade band is extraordinary and that, for me, is what keeps reaffirming my love of music.

Mrs. Sundstrom has been the Instrumental Music Director for the Hartland-Lakeside School District for 9 years. Before coming to Hartland, Mrs. Sundstrom taught middle school and high school bands in the Madison area. Mrs. Sundstrom graduated with honors from UW-Eau Claire in May 2003.

The Hartland-Lakeside Band Program offers many musical opportunities for our instrumentalists. There are concert bands in each grade beginning in 5th grade. Our highly esteemed Jazz Band meets before school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Instrumental students can also participate in the following events: NSMS Fall Play Pit Band, Breakfast with Santa in December, Solo and Ensemble in March, and the ever popular Spring Festival Trip to Gurnee, IL. The NSMS Jazz Band performs an annual District Tour in the Spring as well as an annual performance at Hartland Music in February. We partner with a number of community members and regional musicians to provide lessons and sectionals for our instrumental students.

Ethan Tarvin

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Music Teacher North Shore Middle School Work Phone: 262-369-6720

Julie Van Zeeland

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Special Education Teacher North Shore Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767
I am one of four Speech/Language Pathologists (SLPs) here at HLSD.  I get to work with students from 4k through 8th grade at North Shore Middle School, Hartland South as well as two of the local parochial schools.
I received both my Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Marquette University and also hold my Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
I love getting to know all of the students here by participating in many different classes, working with students in the NSMS Buddies Club as well as the Track and Field Running Club.
My passion is helping students learn and making sure I do all I can so that ALL students will be included in whatever class and activity they want to be.  We are not a true community if even one of us is excluded from something.

James Vento

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8th Grade Math North Shore Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

What I like about teaching is: watching students transform in critical thinkers in addition to having fun while doing mathematics.

My name is Jim Vento and I am an alumni of Arrowhead high school. I received my bachelors degree from Carroll College and my Masters Degree from Carroll University. I am a father of three and a husband to a very patient wife, Kristen.

Students must bring 5 essentials to class everyday to be successful, a pencil, calculator, notebook, math book, and their homework. “Failing to prepare is preparing for failure,” by someone smart. Failure is not an option so I will do everything in my power to provide your child with a rich learning environment that will make them a better person and a smarter mathematician.

Sheila Weyer

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Language Arts Teacher – 7th & 8th grades North Shore Middle School Home Phone: 262-369-6767

Heather Whelan

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Guidance Counselor Hartland North Elementary & Hartland South ElementaryAssistant Principal Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

This is my 16th year in the Hartland Lakeside School District. I graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and German. I went on to UW-Oshkosh where I received my Master of Education in School Counseling. In 2013 I attended Cardinal Stritch and obtained a Masters in Educational Leadership.

I live in the Hartland community with my three children who have all gone through the district. I enjoy traveling, reading, shopping and spending time with family.

I really enjoy my role in encouraging all the children to strive for their personal best. I am thrilled to be working with the students, teachers, administrators, and parents whom I so highly regard. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can help you or your child in any way.

Rachel Wiedeman

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6th Grade Science North Shore Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

What I love about teaching is making a difference in somebody’s day/life. Each and every student has such a unique background with their own amazing personality. I love connecting with the students and hopefully making a difference in the way they think, act, involve themselves, etc…

I graduated from UW-LaCrosse in 2005 with a teaching degree (1-8) and a science emphasis. While teaching, I then returned to Carroll University and graduated with my Master’s in Teaching and Learning in 2008. I taught for one year in Arizona, then returned home and have been in 6th grade science at North Shore Middle School since 2006.

In my class, we have a curriculum, IQWST, which is based on discovery. Students learn scientific principles and science/literacy/math standards through activities, labs, and exploration. I hold very high expectations for my students insisting that they are professional 6th grade scientists and how they write in Comm Arts is how they write for me. We learn how to pull information from our reading, how to respond and solve problems, as well as the “rules” of science. We cover a unit on Physical Science (light and sight), Chemistry (odors), Life Science (creatures), and Earth Science (how water shapes our Earth). Throughout all science classes at the middle school, they will learn how to respond as scientists to our Claim/Evidence/Reasoning format for report writing. Each year the expectations for the reports get higher as we prepare them for high school.

Amy Zemlo

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7th Grade Math North Shore Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

What I love about teaching is the opportunity to take my students to a new level of learning math – making it real and meaningful!

I love teaching math at North Shore Middle School. Prior to North Shore, I taught grades seven and eight mathematics in Maryland. I obtained my undergraduate Education degree in 2006 and received my Master of Science in Mathematics Learning and Teaching from Drexel University in 2010. My family grew in 2012 with the birth of my son.

In my classroom students are expected to come to class prepared and ready to dive into great math conversations. Homework is assigned on MOST school nights and small group participation is a must in my class. Students are working with their peers on a daily basis to delve into the following math topics: The Number System, Proportional Reasoning, Expressions & Equations, Probability & Statistics, and Geometry. Students are actively engaged in their learning while I facilitate the conversations and then summarize their understanding to the whole class. Math is no longer a “sit and get” classroom – students are talking, analyzing, justifying, and learning at a much deeper level than ever before!

Amy Zimmer

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Spanish North Shore Middle School Work Phone: (262) 369-6767

I teach 7th and 8th grade Spanish at North Shore. I began teaching in 1998 at Cedarburg High School and joined the staff at North Shore in 2004.

I graduated in 1998 with degrees in Spanish and English as a Second Language from UW-Milwaukee. In 2003, I earned a Master of Arts in History from UW-Eau Claire. My studies focused on the history of Latin America and Spain and also included coursework in Spanish. I have since completed more than 30 graduate credits on topics related to general, international, and technology education.

Participating in continuing education is important to me, as I am constantly looking for ways to improve my instruction and provide a rich learning environment for my students. I strive to support my students’ social and educational growth by providing them with interactive learning experiences to develop their ability to communicate with others in Spanish.

I love traveling in and have been to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay and Spain.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss the Spanish program at North Shore Middle School.

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