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Kathleen Westrich of Reagan High School is Assistant Principal of the Year

Standing, Left-to-right: Rick Flaherty, AWSA President; Jim Lynch, AWSA Executive Director; Kathleen Westrich, Award Recipient; Roy Hinz, The Meemic Foundation; Mike Roemer, Principal

Students cheered as Principal Mike Roemer and local media crowded around Assistant Principal Kathleen Westrich early in the school day on November 8 at Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School. Roemer delivered the news that Westrich was named Assistant Principal of the Year by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA). Somehow, the school had managed to keep the award a secret and surprise Westrich in front of staff and students.

“We are incredibly proud that Kathleen has been honored with this recognition from AWSA,” said Roemer. “Her tireless efforts to improve student learning and her strong relationships with our teachers, staff, and students have had a tremendous impact on our entire school community. This award is certainly well deserved.”

The Wisconsin Assistant Principal of the Year program recognizes an assistant principal whose leadership has resulted in improved student learning, instructional collaboration, and a safe and positive school environment. Nominations come from fellow administrators, school board members, teachers, students or parents. The selection criteria include a commitment to personal excellence; collaborative leadership; personalization; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and serving as an established and respected member of the community.

Westrich will formally accept the award at the 2019 Associate Principals Conference in January in Green Bay. She will also receive $1,000 for use on a project of her choice at her high school. Additionally, Westrich will represent the state of Wisconsin at the National Principals Conference in Boston next summer, where the 50 Assistant Principals of the Year from across the country will be honored.

Congratulations, Kathleen! You are an asset to Milwaukee Public Schools!


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