Our Team

When experts combine: 20 years of educational consulting + 20 years of educational leadership = THE AHRENS ADVANTAGE

Keith Ahrens

Owner & Senior Managing Partner​

Partner.  I strive to develop partnerships with schools, administrators  and teachers. I know our customer care and knowledge will arm those teachers and administrators with resources and programs to positively impact children.  As an educational consultant for over 20 years, working with companies such as National Geographic, McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin, I'm eager to analyze your needs, offer complementary resources and help you get the best products for your budget -- and for your students. 

I live in the Fox Valley with a my wife Elisa and two daughters Olivia (16) and Andie (14). Growing up in Wisconsin I have a good handle on our school systems, budgets, and educational priorities.  I pride myself in taking the time to listen to your needs, understand your goals and recommend the right resources.  If I don't have them, I'll refer you to someone that does.  

Leslye Moraski Erickson, PhD

Partner & Consultant

Builder.  My superpower is building -- I build relationships, teams and even schools. My career in education spans over 30 years in various roles: teacher, counselor and administrator.   I've worked in traditional schooling environments as well as non-traditional and in public, private and corporate businesses.  I'm delighted to be partnering with Keith in launching Ahrens Education.  I'm passionate about teaching and learning and have confidence in the products we offer.  

As a 28-year Wisconsin transplant, My husband Dean and I have raised our family here.  Our daughters Margo (20) is in college studying early childhood education and Dayna (18) majors in political science.  Rush, our red standard poodle rounds out the family.  My life's work has been dedicated to education.  I look forward to many more years making a significant positive difference with the variety of products and resources we have to support classroom learning and professional development. 

Jill Stenzel

Consultant, Minnesota

Educator.  I have over twenty years of experience in education. I began as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional in Special Education.   I also have ten years of experience implementing instructional and assessment solutions. I believe that student success is driven by the dedicated educators and administrators that I have the privilege of working with. My goal is to help them adopt and implement proven assessment, intervention and foundational learning programs to optimize learning for all students.

I live in Apple Valley, MN with my husband, Dave. We have two adult daughters. Lauren lives in CA with her husband and three children. Lindsay lives in Denver and is attending the University of Denver graduate school. 

Our Team

When experts combine: 20 years of educational consulting + 20 years of educational leadership = THE AHRENS ADVANTAGE

Melissa Hoff

Inside Sales

Connector.  When I was young, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and a Mom. I have a degree in Exceptional Education with a Specialization in Emotional Disturbance. Over the course of 25 years I have taught in the Appleton Area School District as an Autism Specialist, stayed at home with my girls, worked as a Behavioral Consultant at a facility for children and adults with special needs, and a Parent Educator for a nonprofit organization. Working for Ahrens Education Group allows me to feel connected to education and family.

 I have two daughters; Olivia (18) is a senior who will be attending Northern Michigan University in the Fall and Evelyn (15) is a Freshman. Last but not least, we have Rue (9), our German Short Haired Pointer.   


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