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Elmbrook Spotlight: Meet Shyla Calhoun and Jeni Berthold

Each week, Brookfield Patch is working with the Elmbrook School District to spotlight district teachers.

Shyla Calhoun

  • School:  Swanson Elementary
  • Grade/Subject:  Instructional Resource Teacher
  • Years in the Elmbrook School District: 19
  • College/University:  BSE from UW-Oshkosh, MSE from Cardinal Stritch University

What’s the best part of teaching in the Elmbrook School District:
I believe the best part of teaching in the Elmbrook School District is desire to attain excellence on the part of staff, students and families.  This strong desire to meet the needs of all students is evident throughout the community. I value the relationships I have built over the years with staff and also the students and their families. I have appreciated the many opportunities to grow as a teacher.

Why I wanted to be a teacher:
I loved learning and going to school each day! In fact, I still do. I learn something new each and every day!

If I wasn’t a teacher, I’d be:
I would love to be a home organization consultant.

My least favorite subject in high school was:
Earth Science

My favorite school lunch menu item was:
The chocolate chip cookies :)

Jeni Berthold

  • School:  Brookfield Elementary
  • Grade/Subject:  Reading Specialist
  • Years in the Elmbrook School District: Three
  • College/University:  Marquette University

What’s the best part of teaching in the Elmbrook School District:
I love that we have such enthusiastic students and involved parents.  I am so fortunate to have such talented, passionate colleagues and administrators who are always pushing themselves to learn more, refine their practice, and move our district forward.

Why I wanted to be a teacher: 
I have wanted to be a teacher ever since I was in kindergarten!  I loved the environment, the learning, the activity. After beginning my college career as a pre-law student, I realized my heart was still in the classroom and that working with children was where my greatest passion was.

If I wasn’t a teacher, I’d be:
The owner of a children's book store

My least favorite subject in high school was:
Pre-calculus

My favorite school lunch menu item was:
Chicken patties

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