Chad Chapin will serve as the interim principal at Wadewitz Elementary for the 2010-11 school year replacing Ursula Hamilton-Perry who recently left the Racine Unified School District. RUSD plans to have a permanent replacement for the 2011-12 school year.
Chapin brings to this interim position a wealth of experience in the District. He began as a substitute teacher in 1998 and over the years has also served as a special education teacher at Jerstad-Agerholm Middle School, first grade teacher at Gifford Elementary and associate principal at Red Apple and Goodland Elementary Schools. Most recently, he served as special education supervisor for the District.
Superintendent Dr. Jim Shaw is enthusiastic about Chapin’s new role. “Wadewitz Elementary School staff members are doing the right things to close achievement gaps,” said Shaw. “I am pleased that Chad Chapin has agreed to serve as the Interim Principal for this school year. He has a history of successful leadership and problem solving in special education and I’m confident these leadership skills will support the great work begun by the Wadewitz staff.”
Chapin has a bachelor’s degree in communication and philosophy and elementary education certification from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He also has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.