Meet the NWES Staff


At Northern Waters, our goal is to inspire students to become lifelong learners. 

Brittany Hager, Director


Mrs. Hager earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Northland College. She holds a 777 certification for Regular Education (grades 1-8) and has a minor in Environmental Studies. Her experiences include working as a field intern for the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, teaching environmental education at Muraviovka Park for Sustainable Land Use in the Amur Region of Russia, and teaching outdoor education summer school courses in Portage. She began her formal teaching career at Northern Waters, serving as the middle school academic advisor for the past six years. 


Mrs. Hager is excited to serve as the director of NWES and to foster teaching and learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. She believes that when students are engaged in projects that they are interested in, learning becomes more applicable and exciting. Through this process, Mrs. Hager strongly believes that students will be inspired to take ownership of their learning and become active members of the greater community.

Mrs. Hager lives in Solon Springs with her daughter Nora, husband Mark, and black lab Juan Carlos.

Kate Witkowski, Middle School & Advisor

Ms. Witkowski earned her Bachelor of Science Degrees in Wildlife Ecology and Biology from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. She holds a teaching license for Secondary Education (6-12) in Biology (1605) and Environmental Studies (1615). Her prior professional experiences include a variety of natural resources management and research projects including wildlife research and monitoring, habitat restoration, wildfire and prescription burning, and chronic wasting disease monitoring. Most recently, she was an Outdoor Skills instructor at Conserve School, a residential environmental high school, in Land O' Lakes, WI.


Ms. Witkowski is energized by sharing practical skills and experiences with students. She believes that when we take our classroom outdoors, it can bring a level of joy to learning that increases motivation and engagement, and when combined with relevant and challenging coursework, provides a fulfilling and comprehensive education. Ms. Witkowski hopes to encourage every student to develop positive connections with the people and world around them and stay motivated to take learning into their own hands throughout their life.

Harley Fredricksen, Middle School Advisor


Stay tuned for more info about Mr. Fredricksen!