The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the
Association of Wisconsin School Administrators announced that alumna Lisa (Schultz)
Rettler, ’10, is the 2014 Wisconsin Associate Principal of the Year. Rettler
works at Asa Clark Middle School in the Pewaukee School District and is one of four Wisconsin
Principal of the Year honorees.
Working for 18 years in education and four as associate
principal at Asa Clark, Rettler’s recognition is attributed, in part, to her
dedication to personalized learning for students who have varied academic or
behavioral needs. The middle school’s approach, using mixed-ability centers to
customize learning, is a national model.
In addition, her focus on technology helped launch the
school’s 1:1 laptop initiative for 7th and 8th grade
students and implement a digital literacy and citizenship curriculum.
“While on her watch,
we have implemented cutting-edge teaching and learning practices which have
advanced our organization from learning about technology to authentically
learning through technology,” Asa Clark principal Randy Daul said in a
A parent’s letter of recommendation commended how Rettler
handled a difficult situation with a student who faced expulsion. Through her
intervention and by connecting the student to various resources, Rettler helped
the student learn from the experience and set goals for the future.
“Ms. Rettler has accomplished so many things as the
assistant principal at Asa Clark Middle School, but the most important thing
she does is positively change the lives of children,” wrote the parent.
Rettler earned her master’s in educational leadership from
Stritch. She also holds a master’s degree in education from National Louis
University, a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of
Wisconsin—La Crosse, and a French Language Certificate from the University of
Caen in France.
“These school leaders exhibit the courage and passion
Wisconsin educators need to ensure all students graduate college and career
ready,” Evers said in a statement. “They are model educational leaders who take
the lead in our Agenda 2017 goals. They are in the forefront for personalizing
learning, advancing technology, and using data to improve staff and student
outcomes – critical initiatives that improve our schools and make a difference
Rettler joins two other Stritch alumnae who have earned
teaching awards in recent months, including 2013 Milken Educator Award winner Sarah Berndt, ’04, and
2013-14 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Anne Hasse, ’99.