Special Education Special Education services in Kindergarten through 5th grade are delivered by two verteran teachers, Mrs. Schambow and Mrs. Muller.  Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) are developed based on each student's strengths and weaknesses.  Mrs. Schambow and Mrs. Muller have a great team of paraprofessionals that they work closely with to ensure all students' needs are met. 

Rebecca Knepper 

ES/MS Speech Pathologist

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  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of Northern Iowa

  •  Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Rockhurst University

  • Certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.   

  • Resides in Dyersville, IA. I grew up in a small town similar in size to Hazel Green.   

  •  I have 3 brothers, 1 sister, 2 sister-in-laws, 3 nieces, and 2 nephews.

  •  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking/baking, being outdoors, and reading.

Robyn Muller

E.S. Special Education Teacher

  • Been teaching Special Education at Southwestern since 2003. 

  • I grew up nearby in Shullsburg, Wi.

  •  I am a graduate of Clarke University in Dubuque IA. 

  • My husband, Cliff and I live in Dickeyville with our 3 children.

  •  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my children, reading and scrapbooking. 

Luanne Schambow

E.S. Special Education Teacher

  • I’ve been teaching at Southwestern since 1984.

  • I graduated from UW Whitewater in 1984 with a degree in Early Childhood Special Education and taught that here for 17 years.

  • In 2001 I earned my certification in Learning Disabilities from Loras College and moved positions to Elementary Special Education.

  • In 2013 I received National Board Certification in Special Education birth-21.

  • My husband Joe and I have 3 boys. Derek, Cody  and Brock, and a dog Kaminskey. All 3 boys attend the University of Dubuque.

  • Joe and I love spending time with our boys, antique shopping and watching sports

Connie Tranel

ES/MS Aide

  • Worked at SW as a teachers' aide since 2007

  • My husband, John, and I live in Hazel Green.

  • We have 3 daughters and 2 sons, who are all graduates of SW. 

  • We also have 7 granddaughters and  4 grandsons.

  • In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, babysitting the grandkids, going for car rides, and playing volleyball.

Jill Kuhl

ES/MS Aide

  • Assists in Special Ed. classroom

  • Has worked with Mrs. Muller since 2009. 

  • Lives in Hazel Green with her husband, Fred and their 4 children.  She also has a new grandson!

  • In her free time, Jill spends time camping and at her children's sporting events. 

  • She's a true Wildcat fan!

Sheri Berning

ES/MS Aide


Laurie Dreessens

ES/MS Aide


Sarah Rouse

ES/MS Aide


Jalyn Kephart

ES/MS Aide


Tanya Bellrichard

ES Special Ed. Aide