Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Olympia Brown elementary gets new principal; Joan Kuehl starts July 1

On July 1, Olympia Brown Elementary School will have a new principal. Joan Kuehl will join the Racine Unified School District taking over for Interim Principal Culleen Witthuhn.  

Kuehl has more than 20 years of experience in education most recently serving as principal of the Milwaukee Center for Independence Charter School in Milwaukee. She previously spent 13 years at Milwaukee Public Schools serving as elementary and special education teacher, assistant principal and also as principal in one of the District’s highest performing elementary schools. Kuehl also has experience in statewide education policy development and implementation having spent time with the Wisconsin Department of Instruction.

A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Kuehl received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Carroll College in Waukesha and her master’s degree in Exceptional Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She and husband David have two daughters; Elizabeth will be a senior at New York University and Jennifer is a soon-to-be freshman at Marist College in New York.

Interim Principal Culleen Witthuhn to Help Lead RUSD Early Education

After serving as Interim Principal at Olympia Brown during the past school year, Culleen Witthuhn will return to her passion – early childhood education. Witthuhn has agreed to serve as Early Education Interim Principal at Red Apple Elementary.

Prior to her position at Olympia Brown, Witthuhn was associate principal at Goodland and Red Apple Elementary Schools. In addition to her former responsibilities, Witthuhn will serve as a districtwide leader in early childhood education. Her new responsibilities will include the adoption of the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, the development of common benchmarks and assessments for early childhood students and working with the community to coordinate and improve early childhood education for children from birth to grade 3.

Witthuhn will begin her new role on July 1.

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