A musician all her life, Nadine Sherry “Viv” Guckeisen first began playing the piano and organ when she was three and a half years old. Predominantly self-taught, she began by teaching herself how to imitate the songs she heard on TV. After earning a diploma from Keil High School, she joined Lakeland College, where she completed coursework in 1969. She continued her studies at the college between 1973 and 2004 and it was during this time that she discovered her love of education while volunteering with local schools. As she worked toward her bachelor’s degree in education, she served as a volunteer director with the Kiel Area School District from 1998 to 2004 and as a teacher’s aide with the Holy Rosary School from 1998 to 2002.
In 2002, Ms. Guckeisen accepted a position teaching at the Saints Peter and Paul School, a position she would hold for the next decade until 2012. Subsequently, she was active as a teacher at the Consolidated Parochial Elementary School from 2012 to 2017. Along with teaching in a school setting, she served as a music teacher for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee from 2007 to 2021 and contributed her musical talents to the Holy Rosary Parish as the music and choir director and main accompanist from 2008 to 2021. Now retired, she hopes to be remembered by her students as someone who tried to make class fun for them and would advise young and aspiring professionals to remember that, although you are the teacher, you can still learn from your students.
An accomplished writer and composer as well, Ms. Guckeisen is noted for her original composition, “Little Lamb,” which was inspired by a drive through the countryside. She also has approximately 20 unpublished religious compositions that she has plans to publish in the coming years and organized numerous spring and fall concerts for children in her various roles. Outside of her career in teaching and music, she further contributed her skills as a freelance writer with the Sheboygan Press, the Herald Times Reporter and Wisconsin Public Service, and did product demonstrations for ASM. In her retirement, she is looking to do further work as a freelance writer in order to stay active.
Attributing much of her success to her passion for music and the support of her parish, Ms. Guckeisen considers the highlights of her career to be her achieving the position of music and choir director at Holy Rosary Parish and all the years she spent teaching music. She is also incredibly proud to be affiliated with Marquis Who’s Who. In her free time, Ms. Guckeisen still enjoys playing instruments, including the keyboard and organ, and crocheting.