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South Washington County Schools Equity Coordinator to become new Assistant Superintendent

South Washington County Schools Equity Coordinator to become new Assistant Superintendent
Posted on 08/21/2018

South Washington County Schools is pleased to announce that Kristine Schaefer has been selected to serve as an Assistant Superintendent. Schaefer will leave her role as the Equity Coordinator for District 833 and will work alongside Julie Nielsen and Mike Johnson. Her job change was approved by the School Board at the August 23, 2018 meeting.

Schaefer has served as the Equity Coordinator for District 833 since 2015 where she provided districtwide leadership on equity initiatives, such as Culturally Responsive teaching and the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. Schaefer has built and supported the Equity Department with the goal of serving underserved students and providing opportunities for support and success for all.

Schaefer served as the principal of Woodbury Elementary School from 2006 through 2015 where she provided leadership for a school with 490 students and 90 staff members. She worked to collaborate with families and community members in the school with a population that served diverse needs. 

Prior to her time at Woodbury Elementary, Schaefer was the assistant principal at Crestview Elementary, an elementary principal intern at Hillside and Pine Hill elementary, and a counselor at Park High School. Before joining District 833, Schaefer was the dean of students at Forest Lake High School.

"I have been incredibly impressed by Kristine's work over the last three years as District 833's Equity Coordinator, and that as an administrator throughout our system," said Dr. Keith Jacobus, Superintendent. "I am confident that both her experience in the district, as well as her ability to work collaboratively with staff, parents and community groups, will serve her well in this new role." 

Schaefer has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, completed the educational administrative licensure program from St. Mary's University, and is currently working towards her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. 

"I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve District 833 in a new capacity as an Assistant Superintendent," Schaefer said. "This new role will allow me to continue providing support and building relationships with principals, staff, students and families in District 833. In this position, I hope to make a positive impact on the education for all students and focus on the best interests of children and families by working collaboratively with all stakeholders." 

The third Assistant Superintendent position was created through an internal restructuring process from an existing position. Mike Vogel, who held the position as Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations, will be retiring this fall and the decision was made to put more resources into academic support for our schools. The hiring process for a new Equity Coordinator will begin within the coming weeks.