Meet Our Staff

Sarah Scovell Muraski

Administrator

Sarah Scovell Muraski

Meet Your Administrator

Welcome to Between the Lakes Virtual Academy and the Kiel eSchool!

My name is Sarah Scovell Muraski, and I am honored to be of service as your administrator. I have been an educator in some capacity for twenty-five years in public, private, charter and virtual schools. To date, I have earned degrees in English, French, history, and Educational Administrative Leadership from Silver Lake College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and recently added a certification in Structured Literacy and dyslexia intervention from Carroll University. Current professional adventures also include teaching high school English and providing support as an interventionist for middle and high school students in reading.

When not enjoying the hiking trails, fishing holes, and inspirational views for painting around my home in Door County, Wisconsin, you’ll find me reading or writing, having adventures with my creative and brilliant daughter, learning more languages, traveling with friends, volunteering, or growing things to eat!

Teaching and learning are my passions. Everything I do – for fun or to live – has something to do with those two things. There is no greater thing we can aspire to as human beings than discovery — of the world, the universe, each other, or ourselves — and ultimately love and respect for what we find.

Email: sscovellmuraski@kiel.k12.wi.us

Jennifer Owen

Program Leader

Jennifer Owen

Meet Your Program Leader

Hello, I’m Jennifer Owen and I’m the BTLVA and Kiel eSchool Program Leader. I have been teaching with the eSchool since 2009. I earned my bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Montana State University -Billings and my Master of Science in Science Education degree from Montana State University – Bozeman. I teach a number of science classes for the eSchool and have enjoyed researching blended learning. I appreciate the opportunity to work with such a diverse group of students in the online environment, learning about their stories and what has brought them to the eSchool. I have been married to my husband since my undergraduate years and we have two sons who are both pursuing STEM careers.

Email: jowen@kiel.k12.wi.us

Tay Hoffman

Social Worker

Tay Hoffman

Meet Your Social Worker

Hello All, I am Tay Hoffman, Kiel’s first-ever school social worker! In May I finished my master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay in School Social Work. I am excited to meet the needs of students and their families district-wide. Feel free to reach out at any time and I will do my best to follow up in a timely manner. I look forward to working with you all. Go Raiders!

Email: thoffman@kiel.k12.wi.us

Rita Lilyquist

Teacher Liaison

Rita Lilyquist

Monday-Friday7:00am – 3:00pm
1st and 3rd Friday of each month: Lego Challenge Club 4K-4th grade10:00am – 10:55am
1st and 3rd Friday of each month: Lego Challenge Club 5th-8th grade11:00am – noon
2nd and 4th Friday of each month: In-person hours (Room 312)9:00am – noon,
afternoons by appointment

Meet Your Liaison

My name is Rita Lilyquist. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (grades 1-9) with a minor in English from Lakeland University. I have over 25 years experience teaching grades K-8 both in public and private schools and my own children via homeschooling. I have spent the past five years as an Online/Virtual Teacher and have been a part of the BTLVA team for the past two years. I look forward to meeting you and your family and assisting in this journey!

I reside in Plymouth with my husband, two children (one in high school and one in college), a Goldendoodle, and a Great Dane. When I’m not teaching, you will find me attending local high school sporting events, playing board games with my family, trekking along on the Ice Age Trail, or cheering on the state’s many sports teams.

You’ll be hearing from me each month via our Between the Lakes Newsletter with opportunities for you and your family to be part of the BTLVA family.

Email: rlilyquist@kiel.k12.wi.us

Jennifer Heritsch

Grades 4K-2

Jennifer Heritsch

Monday-Thursday: Kindergarten Live Lessons9:00am – 9:50am
Monday-Thursday: 1st Grade Live Lessons10:00am – 10:50am
Monday-Thursday: 2nd Grade Live Lessons11:00am – 11:50am
Wednesday: Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids (K-2)1:00pm – 1:45pm
Friday: Fun Friday Live! with all grades9:30am – 10:30am
Office Hours: Available upon request. I will also have scheduled check-in times.

Meet Your Teacher

Hello! My name is Jennifer Heritsch.

This is my 17th year teaching and my 3rd year as a virtual teacher. I’m passionate about education and love teaching virtually. I received my teaching certification at UW Milwaukee. I continue to learn and grow as an educator everyday. I’m currently reading The Boundless Classroom.

I live in Stoughton, WI with my husband, Paul and our seven children, Miles, Eleanor, Oliver, Theodore, Ameleia, Julian and Penelope. We live on a hobby farm where we bale hay, garden and care for chickens, goats, a miniature horse, llama and alpaca. We also have three dogs and a cat.

I’m so excited to get to know all of you this year!
Please reach out if you have any questions.

Email: jheritsch@kiel.k12.wi.us

Olivia Durant

Grades 4K-5

Olivia Durant

Monday-Thursday: Morning Meeting (K-5)9:50am – 10:00am
Monday-Thursday: K-1st Grade Live Lesson10:00am – 10:20am
Monday-Thursday: 2nd Grade Live Lesson10:20am – 10:40am
Monday-Thursday: 3rd Grade Live Lesson10:40am – 11:00am
Monday-Thursday: 4th Grade Live Lesson11:00am – 11:20am
Monday-Thursday: 5th Grade Live Lesson11:20am – 11:40am
Wednesday: Club Time
(2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month)
1:30pm – 2:15pm
Friday: FUN Friday! (Grades K-2)11:00am – 11:30am
Friday: FUN Friday! (Grades 3-5)11:30am – noon

Meet Your Teacher

My name is Olivia Durant. This will be my third year with Between the Lakes Virtual Academy teaching grades 4K-5. I received my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from William Woods University in Fulton, MO. My family resides in Shawnee, Kansas and before moving here, I taught grades 4 – 8 for five years in Green Bay, Wisconsin at Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners before transitioning to the virtual platform. My husband, Tyler and I have two kids, Sutton and Tatum and a Goldendoodle named Piper. We love to spend time with family, travel and get outside as much as possible! If I’m not doing those things, then I’m usually running. 🙂 I’m looking forward to meeting you and learning alongside you and your family this school year!

Email: odurant@kiel.k12.wi.us

Alice Wanty

Grades 6-8

Alice Wanty

Monday-Tuesday: ELA 7th Grade
Wednesday-Thursday: Math 7th Grade
9:00am – 9:45am
Monday-Tuesday: ELA 8th Grade
Wednesday-Thursday: Math 8th Grade
10:00am – 10:45am
Monday-Tuesday: ELA 6th Grade
Wednesday-Thursday: Math 6th Grade
11:00am – 11:45am
Wednesday: Coding and Gaming Club
(Email me if you are interested in signing up.)
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Friday: Middle School Friday Fun Day
9:00am – 10:00am
Friday: BTLVA Middle School Newspaper Staff Meeting
(Email me if you are interested in signing up to be an editor.  All students are welcome to submit articles, stories, essays, artwork, poems, etc.)
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Individual help is available when I am not teaching a live lesson or involved in a club.  Use my My Calendar Link  to see when I am available and to schedule a time.

Meet Your Teacher

My name is Alice Wanty and I will be teaching middle school Language Arts and Math for Between the Lakes. I am a middle and high school math and English teacher. I have been teaching since 1994, and I have a masters degree in computer science.
When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my family kayaking, fishing, hiking, skiing, and having adventures, learning about the natural world around me. I live in a rural unincorporated town of Charlesburg, Wisconsin.

When I am forced to be inside, I enjoy going to libraries or museums and researching random topics. Some of my favorite topics are: plants and weeds that can be used for food or medicine, how to build solar panels, weird facts about historical events and people that aren’t taught in school, and how to make art out of junk. I want to learn more about electrical circuits and soldering of all kinds, and I would love to start my own maker space. I also enjoy all things Star Wars, Legos, and games of all kinds.

I look forward to working with you and finding out what inspires you to learn!

Email: awanty@kiel.k12.wi.us

Jess Gruenke

Grades 6-8

Jess Gruenke

Tuesday-Thursday: All Grade Talk Time8:30am – 9:00am
Monday and Wednesday: World Hist 6th Grade
Tuesday and Thursday: Science 6th Grade
9:00am – 10:00am
Monday and Wednesday: Civics 7th Grade
Tuesday and Thursday: Science 7th Grade
10:00am – 11:00am
Monday and Wednesday: US Hist 8th Grade
Tuesday and Thursday: Science 8th Grade
11:00am – noon
Friday: Office Hours8:30am – noon

Meet Your Teacher

Hello and welcome to Between the Lakes Virtual Academy! I am Jess Gruenke, The 6-8th grade science and social studies teacher. My goal is to ensure that students reach their full potential, embrace challenges, and connect with others.

I am a National Board Certified Teacher, and I also completed my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. My WI certification is in General Ed. (k-8) and Special Education (k-12).

My husband, daughter, dog, and I all enjoy finding new adventures and experiences. You will find us exploring new locations, outdoors, spending time with friends, reading, and or watching all things MARVEL.

Lastly, together we are going to make it a great year!

~Ms. Gruenke

Text/call: 920.838.1326

Email: jgruenke@kiel.k12.wi.us

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Between the Lakes Virtual Academy to provide student access to a challenging, high-quality, curriculum, in a flexible home environment. The Between the Lakes Virtual Academy provides a standards-based, online or blended instructional program through a personalized learning approach.