Team Inquire

Tara Ellenbecker

Tara Ellenbecker

Mrs. Ellenbecker is a 7th grade Math & Science teacher on Team Inquire. She has taught in the Appleton Area School District since 2005 at the elementary level until switching to middle school at KA this year.

She is so excited to be here!  Her favorite part of teaching is building relationships with students and learning as much from them as they learn from her.

Before joining the teaching profession, Mrs. Ellenbecker earned her Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Communication from UW-Eau Claire and worked in sales and marketing for a local paper mill. In that position, she lived in Atlanta, Georgia and Stamford, Connecticut and traveled all over the U.S. before moving back to Wisconsin to pursue teaching. She earned her Teacher Licensure from UW-Oshkosh and has never looked back!

Mrs. Ellenbecker has two elementary-aged daughters who keep her very busy, but also enjoys playing the piano, reading, spending time with family and friends, and traveling when she gets the chance.

Paula Hacker

Paula HackerMrs. Hacker teaches 7th grade Humanities (ELA and Geography) on team Inquire. In 1994 she began her teaching career teaching 4th grade in Arizona.  

In 1996 she moved to Appleton to get married. She then taught 5th grade in the Hortonville School District. In 2000, Mrs. Hacker began teaching 6th grade at Lincoln Elementary in Appleton. Seven years later she moved over to Franklin and then in 2016, jumped to middle school to teach at KA.  

She is super excited to be teaching in the middle school atmosphere with the energetic and unpredictable middle schoolers! KA has amazing teachers and she loves working with such a dedicated and knowledgeable staff! Her favorite aspect of teaching is the interactions she has with the students and each year looks forward to getting to know all of her students well!

Mrs. Hacker is originally from Neenah and she and her husband have three children: Dallas, Caitlin and Carson. We love to be outside, especially on the boat and watching our youngest son’s sporting events!