Alumna named top Wisconsin associate principal

Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:35:00 PM

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 statement.

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 for children.”

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.