Bay Port Girls Soccer Team Wins 2018 WIAA State Championship


(Photo credit: Rich Palzewic)

Head coach Brooke Mraz and the Bay Port High School girls soccer team won the first state title in team history with a 3-1 victory over Sheboygan North Saturday, June 16, completing a 24-1-0 season and avenging a state championship game loss in 2017.

The girls soccer team becomes the fourth squad in school history to bring home a WIAA championship, joining baseball (2009, 2010) and boys track and field (2015).

For coverage of the state title game, visit The Press and the Green Bay-Press Gazette.

Walker and Wiebel Join HSSD Leadership Team

Walker Wiebel

The Howard-Suamico School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Becky Walker and Mr. Jonathan (Jo) Wiebel to its administrative leadership team. Dr. Walker will serve as the Assistant Superintendent of Academics and Innovation and Mr. Wiebel will join the Bay Port High School staff as an Associate Principal.

“Becky demonstrates a passionate commitment to coaching, development, and innovation in schools,” said HSSD Superintendent Damian LaCroix. “Her 20 years of leadership experience will be a tremendous asset for our staff, students, and community.”

Dr. Walker joins HSSD following three years as the Director of Learning Services at CESA 7 in Green Bay, serving 38 school districts throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Prior to her leadership role at CESA, Walker was an administrator for the Appleton Area School District for 18 years, serving as Director of Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction as well as an Associate Principal and Principal of Appleton East High School and the Tesla Engineering Charter.

“I am humbled and excited to lead learning for Howard-Suamico School District and to join such an amazing community,” said Walker. “I look forward to collaborating with educators, students, and families around flexible, innovative learning with goals of high expectations and success for all.”

Walker earned her Doctorate in Educational Administration and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Marian University. She completed her undergraduate degree at St. Norbert College in Mathematics, Computer Science, Spanish, and Education.

Mr. Wiebel joins the leadership team at Bay Port High School following 10 years as an administrator in the Green Bay Area Public School District, including the last six years as Principal of Edison Middle School. He earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he also completed his undergraduate degree in Public Administration.

“Jo brings a wealth of teaching and administrative experience at the middle and high school levels,” said LaCroix. “We anticipate his perspective and instructional leadership will have a significant impact at Bay Port.”

“I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to join the students and staff at Bay Port,” said Wiebel. “I look forward to joining the Pirate Nation and building relationships within the Howard-Suamico community.”

Both leaders will fill their respective positions beginning July 1, 2018. Due to past budget reductions, the District’s Assistant Superintendent position had been vacant since 2017, while the Bay Port Associate Principal position had remained unfilled since 2011.


Bay Port’s Heusterberg-Richards Named WCTE State Teacher of Excellence


Amy Heusterberg-Richards, an English Language Arts teacher at Bay Port High School, has been selected as the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of Excellence award winner, the organization announced this spring.

In selecting Heusterberg-Richards as its state-level award winner, the WCTE cited her leadership and collaboration as hallmarks of successful practice.

“Amy’s investment in professional development, focused on the intersection of English and technology, is notable among her peers,” said WCTE selection committee member and UW-Stevens Point Associate Professor of English David Roloff. “The wide variety of her classes, from remedial to IB English, and her service as an advisor to a number of extracurricular groups demonstrate her dedication to her students.”

Heusterberg-Richards was nominated for the award by her colleagues within the Bay Port High School English department.

“Amy is an outstanding teacher,” said Bay Port High School Principal Mike Frieder. “She understands the importance of building quality relationships with all her students, she has high expectations, and she is passionate about teaching.”

She will receive the honor along with other state honorees at the National Council of Teachers of English convention in November.