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Six new staffers offer introductions

Brian Colbenson1 / 6
Abigail Oberg2 / 6
Angela Schultz3 / 6
Jessica Sperstad4 / 6
Sarah Stoeberl5 / 6
Robyn Trannel6 / 6

A half dozen new staffers have joined the ranks of Plum City School District personnel.
The Herald asked them about their backgrounds and positions via a newspaper survey. Their responses follow.

Brian Colbenson

From Spring Valley, Colbenson is the new technology education teacher for Plum City High School.

He attended college at UW-Stout in Menomonie. Two years ago, he student taught at Hudson Middle School and River Falls High School. Since that time, he’s been living in Louisiana leading a construction ministry and running a small sawmill business.

He grew up on a dairy farm outside of Spring Valley, so during his time away from school, he enjoys working on the family farm with his parents and helping out, whether with field work, fencing or cattle. By nature, he says he’s a pretty competitive person, so he likes anything to do with competition, whether it’s sports or playing board games.

Abigail Oberg

Oberg will be in special education at Plum City Elementary School.

The Ellsworth native has a degree in early childhood education from UW-Stout in Menomonie. She has student taught kindergarten at Elmwood and second grade at Spring Valley. She also student taught in special education at Elmwood.

The daughter of Mike Oberg and Julie Melstrom is the granddaughter of Marlys and Gene Oberg. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, scrapbooking and shopping.

Angela Schultz

A fifth grade teacher at Plum City Elementary School, Schultz’s hometown is Oakdale, Minn.

She got a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from UW-River Falls. She’s been a paraprofessional for middle school students, a substitute teacher and long-term substitute for fifth grade within the last three years.

She has two younger brothers. Her hobbies include reading, being outdoors and movies.

Jessica Sperstad

Roberts native Sperstad is the new speech and language pathologist for the Plum City School District.

She attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, for both her undergraduate and graduate programs. She double majored with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication disorders and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish in 2009. In 2011, she graduated with a Masters degree in speech language pathology from Mankato.

Right out of college, she did her Clinical Fellowship Year with Children’s Therapy Center in Roberts. She has been employed at Children’s Therapy Center the past four years, working with children from birth to 19-years-old.

Sperstad lives in Hammond with her husband, a 17-month-old daughter and dog. The family moved there from Woodville in the spring.

She loves to hang out with family and friends, run in races and travel.

Sarah Stoeberl

Stoeberl of Rice Lake is the new counselor for Plum City schools.

She received a bachelor’s degree in science from UW-River Falls and a master’s degree in school counseling from UW-Stout in Menomonie. She served internships at Somerset Middle School and in the Elmwood School District.

She has two brothers. Reading, playing tennis and running are among her interests.

Robyn Trannel

Originally from Apple Valley, Minn., Trannel is the library media specialist for grades K-12 at Plum City schools.

She received Bachelors in education and Masters in education degrees from UW-La Crosse. She previously was a kindergarten and first grade teacher at Ridgeway, a charter school, near Winona, Minn. She also taught piano lessons from her home.

Her husband, Ryan, is employed by the Trane Company in La Crosse. They have two children: Carolyn in third grade and Gavin in fifth grade, both at Plum City schools.

She devotes her extra time to a mobile catering business, a pizza trailer named Community Crust.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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