School: Neillsville - New Middle School Principal (2019)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Poeschel

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 8/14/2019

Poeschel to Serve as Middle School Principal (2019)

Kory Poeschel

By Valerie Brecht

New this fall, the Neillsville School District will have a principal specifically designated to work with students in the middle grades.

That person will be Kory Poeschel. She will be the principal for grades six through eight.

Poeschel has been with the district since August 2013 as instructional facilitator. Last year, Poeschel was placed on an administrative contract and director of curriculum and instruction was added to her title.

As principal, Poeschel said she will retain many of her current duties “with a few being redistributed and some … accomplished through a team effort with the other principals,” she wrote in an email.

“It was important to me to keep many of the instruction facilitator/director of curriculum duties as I did not want to lose the district-wide focus that the instructional facilitator position has provided the last six years for the School District of Neillsville.”

Poeschel received her bachelor’s degree in vocational rehabilitation and her master’s in education from UW-Stout. She also completed Viterbo University’s leadership licensure program for principal and director of curriculum and instruction.

The majority of her career in education has been spent in a middle school setting. Prior to her time at Neillsville, Poeschel was a middle school special education teacher in Baraboo for 19 years.

“Since I have been in Neillsville, I have had the privilege of being a part of the administrative team which has allowed me to have a district-wide view and vision. This will be a benefit as we transition students from the elementary into the middle school as well as being aware of the opportunities students will encounter as they leave the middle school for their high school career,” she said.

As middle school principal, Poeschel will serve as the instructional leader for the building, “Ensuring that we meet students where they are at and grow them both academically and socio-emotionally,” she said.

She will also strive to cultivate a culture conducive to learning and be responsible for the daily operations of the middle school. She wants to serve as an advocate for students and staff, she said.

Previously, the district had one principal for grades one through six and another for grades seven through 12. Poeschel believes that having a distinct middle school principal will help to better meet the needs of students in that age category.

“I believe that having a separate 6-8 principal is extremely important. Adolescence is the second-fastest growth period in a person’s life only second to the first year of life. Therefore, middle school students have unique needs that are different from both elementary students and high schoolers,” she said. “Having a designated middle school principal gives the middle school a voice to ensure they do not get lost in the middle.”

“I am looking forward to seeing each of the students grow and change over the course of their three years in the middle school. I also look forward to serving the students and staff of the middle school,” she said.




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