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Interview with Horizon Retiree Mrs. Kuelthau 

Updated: 6 days ago

Written by Scarlett Warner and Sophia Vallone 

How long have you been teaching? 

I have been teaching for 37 years. I taught elementary school for 13 years before becoming a Spanish teacher. I have taught in Wisconsin, Colorado, Australia, and Costa Rica. 

What made you decide to become a teacher? 

I used to play school as a child and enjoyed playing as the teacher. I always loved working with kids and helping people, so I wanted a career that would positively impact people.

What is your favorite memory of Horizon School?

  1. March madness - I can see the students and staff excited about the game

  2. Encore Night - I can meet families and participate in Spanish bingo

  3. 5th Grade Talent Show - I enjoy watching my students perform their talents  

What is the biggest struggle you overcame during your career?

My biggest struggle was the change in education and how we communicated with students during COVID. I missed being with my students in the classroom. It was challenging to adapt to Zoom calls. I was delighted when we could all come back together again in the school.

What are you most proud of? 

I am most proud of all of the students I've taught over the years. I am thankful that Pewaukee students have the opportunity to learn Spanish from a young age. This is important because it allows students to develop excellent pronunciation and appreciate different cultures.

What are your plans for the future?

I am excited to travel the world with family and friends, including Antarctica, Iceland, and Thailand. I love to visit lakes and mountains around the world. I  plan to volunteer more and conduct home improvement projects for which I always need more time.

In what ways have you demonstrated and encouraged the Connect Graduate Competency in your professional career at Horizon? 

Teaching a world language helps connect people worldwide by bettering students’ understanding of cultures and teaching them to respect their differences with unique traditions and customs. I was an advisor for the ski club, where I helped students from grades 7 to 12 connect. 


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