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MMSD School Leadership News

Please join us in welcoming and congratulating these principals! These leadership updates are effective next school year (2022-2023).

 

Anana Elementary School
Interim principal Chelsea Prochnow has been named permanent leader. Ms. Prochnow’s prior administrative experience was in Milwaukee, where she served as the principal of HOPE Prima for five years. She  received an MBA in Educational Leadership from Milwaukee School of Engineering, a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from Marquette University, and her Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 

Chavez Elementary School
Interim principal Karen Mullen has been named permanent leader. Previously, she served as the school’s assistant principal since 2019. Prior to joining Chávez, she was the assistant principal at Kennedy Elementary. Mrs. Mullen began her career as an elementary Special Education teacher, and has worked in a variety of education and leadership roles in her 31 years with MMSD. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, with a focus on learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities, from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University-Wisconsin.
 

Crestwood Elementary School
Interim principal Kelly Lawler has been named permanent leader. She was Principal and Assistant Principal at Chávez Elementary since 2014. Prior, she was an interventionist and literacy coach in Madison, and taught elementary grades in the Denver metro area in Colorado. Ms. Lawler earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Colorado at Denver. Finally, she is a proud MMSD alumna who attended Crestwood!
 

Emerson Elementary School
Jessica Awe has been named principal for next school year. She has been the Assistant Principal at Leopold Elementary for the last four years, and previously worked at the Department of Public Instruction, supporting Title I schools. She has worked as an elementary teacher in Texas, and Green Bay and Oshkosh, WI. She is bilingual in Spanish, and taught bilingual elementary education. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. 
 

Franklin Elementary School
Emily Powers has been named principal for next school year. Ms. Powers has been the Instructional Coach at Emerson Elementary for the last three years, and prior was an ESL teacher for seven years there. She attended the University of Northern Iowa, and graduated with ESL and Spanish teaching degrees. Ms. Powers earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed additional coursework in the areas of curriculum and instruction, and pupil services.
 

Henderson Elementary School
Jackie Smith has been named principal for next school year. Ms. Smith has been the Principal of Gompers Elementary for the last six years. Prior to her administrative experience, she served additional roles in MMSD including Bilingual Resource Specialist, Dual Language Immersion classroom teacher, and Bilingual Program Planner. Ms. Smith holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served at a non-profit organization through AmeriCorp in Puerto Rico, then returned to Madison to continue working to support students through Centro Hispano. She began her professional education career in Madison, and earned her Master’s of Science in Bilingual Education from Edgewood College. She also completed her Principal and Director of Curriculum licenses through Concordia University-Wisconsin.
 

Kennedy Elementary School
Dr. Rachellee Bly has been named principal for next school year. Dr. Bly’s professional educational experience has been in serving and supporting diverse and multicultural communities. This year, she has served as an assistant principal at East High School. Previously, she had worked as an assistant principal for six years, including at the School District of Beloit (Wisconsin) and at U-46 School District in Elgin, Illinois. Prior to her administrative experience, she worked as an elementary school teacher for 16 years in Beloit. Dr. Bly received her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Bachelor of Science Education degree in elementary education - both from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
 

Badger Rock Middle School
Interim principal Jamie Domini has been named permanent leader. She was one of the original founders of Badger Rock in 2010 when the school was first being developed. After 2011, she served as Dean of Students at Middleton High School, and then the Positive Behavior Coach at MMSD’s O’Keeffe Middle School. Most recently she was a member of MMSD’s Department of Student and Staff Support. Ms. Domini earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Additionally, she earned extended licensure from Cardinal Stritch University-Madison, as well as principal and director of instruction licenses from Viterbo University, Middleton.
 

Wright Middle School
Interim principal Jeffrey Stovall has been named permanent leader. Previously, he was head principal of a virtual school in Minnesota for one year, serving students in 6th-12th grades. He served as a middle school assistant principal for five years in Robbinsdale, Minnesota; and held administrative and teaching positions in Milwaukee, WI. Mr. Stovall received a Master of Science degree in Administration and Supervision from National Louis University; a special education endorsement at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa. He holds certifications in K-12 principal/pupil services; cross categorical special education license, 6-12; special education supervisor license, K-12; and certified online instruction, K-12.
 

East High School
Interim principal Mikki Smith has been named permanent leader. Prior to serving as interim principal this year, Ms. Smith was an Assistant Principal at East for 11 years, an Assistant Principal at LaFollette High School for six years and West High School for three years. Ms. Smith worked as an administrator at Sun Prairie High School, and was a school counselor. She’s also a Logistics Officer and Major in the United States Army Reserve, where she’s served for 24 years. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland-College Park, and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. Ms. Smith holds a K-12 Guidance Counseling Certification and K-12 Administrative Certification, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 

La Follette High School
Principal Mathew Thompson has been named permanent leader. Principal Thompson has served the Madison Metropolitan School District for almost 30 years, beginning his career at La Follette as a special education teacher. Principal Thompson’s administrative experience includes serving as assistant principal at Leopold Elementary, Cherokee Heights Middle School, and most recently at LaFollette. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He holds a Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received his Administrative licensure from Edgewood College. 
 

West High School
Daniel Kigeya has been named principal for next school year. A proud alumni of Madison West High School, Mr. Kigeya is currently the principal of Sennett Middle School, a position he’s held since 2017. Previously, he was an associate principal at Verona Area High School, has held school social work and student services roles, and worked for the University of Wisconsin PEOPLE Program. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, and two Master’s degrees (social work, and educational leadership and policy analysis) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.