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Alumni Connection - Steve Verboomen '79

Life After WHS After graduation from Wausaukee I attended UW La Crosse where I graduated with a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science Secondary Education. I then taught 7th to 12th grade mathematics at Wausaukee High School for fourteen years from 1985-1998. I also served at Head Coach of Girls Volleyball and Softball during those years. This was such an amazing part of my life in that the students were so respectful and eager to learn. I had some brilliant junior high students that competed in state and national mathematics competitions. As a head coach I was very fortunate to have not only amazing student-athletes but responsible and considerate young women that were very successful on the court, diamond and most importantly the classroom. I feel very blessed to have played a role in the lives of the Wausaukee students. From 1998 - 2000 I taught math at Kimberly High School. At Kimberly High School I was the head boys volleyball coach along with coaching girls volleyball and supervised a cross country skiing club. While teaching at Kimberly I attended Marian College where I graduated in 2000 with a Masters Degree in Educational Administration. From 2000-2019 I was an Assistant Principal at Kimberly High School. In this role my goal was to influence the lives of many students, attempt to form many strong parental relationships, and supervise several departments and teachers. Again, I was very fortunate to be in an progressive and highly recognized school district where learning was the focus and student success followed. During this timespan, I coached club volleyball and was an assistant volleyball coach for St. Norbert’s. In 2013, I was inducted to the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame. I am currently in my first year of retirement (smiley face). I am a master gardener and in 2021 our home is scheduled to be on the Outagamie Garden Walk. I also volunteer at the Thompson Senior Center working in the garden and teach pilates. Traveling is also a big part of our plans in the future as my wife Kathy just retired from KHS library. Personal I have been married to Kathy for thirty years and have two stepchildren (Jenni and Mike) who are in their 40’s. I also have five grandsons who love fishing, tinkering with carpentry and tinkering with small engines. Even though it’s grandpa’s weakness I love spending time with them. My interests are cross country skiing, biking, yoga, playing accordion, reading US history books, making beer, and gardening. In my 30’s and 40’s I did numerous cross country ski marathons and triathlon races across the country. School Memories I always loved math and drafting. Mrs. Figas was an amazing math teacher and to come back and teach with her was a dream come true. My father had passed away right before we arrived as a family to Wausaukee. Mr. Hosking really helped fill that void. He was not only a great drafting teacher but a father-figure who filled in when I needed it most. I was not very talented in athletics but certainly loved sports and was the manager my sophomore through senior years. I also tutored elementary students and was involved in forensics and plays. I loved Wausaukee High School - we moved as a family my freshman year and the teachers and students were so friendly. My stepdaughter Jenni is also a WHS graduate. Once a Ranger, always a Ranger!

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