Mrs. Joannie Kalina
Welcome to the 2023-24 school year! I am confident that it will be another exciting year of learning at Erin School. I am thrilled to have the privilege to serve Erin School as your District Administrator.
Our theme this year is Growing Healthy Habits. One of my favorite parts of working in a 4K -8 district is watching our students grow through the years and leave us prepared as they enter their high school journey. Tiny seeds make mighty trees is one of the symbolic sayings reminding us that growth takes place in different ways for each child. This year we will be working on all types of heathly habits ranging from how we treat each other to goal setting! We are striving for 1% better each day. As usual, Mr. Mueller and our Fuel Up team will have a school song and dance to help us celebrate our accomplishments!
Embracing the strengths of our staff and community, Erin teachers continue to work together to create an engaging learning environment. Our teachers continue to clarify our “guaranteed curriculum,” one that all students experience as they grow and learn at Erin School. It is an exciting and challenging time in education as we prepare students for a world we can only imagine and a world we all can make better if we choose to do so.
I joined the Erin team at the start of the 2008-09 school year. Previously, I worked as the Director of Instruction for the Kewaskum School District and was a former middle school teacher in both Brown Deer and Waunakee School District. I hold a degree in Elementary/Middle Level Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and have a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University and a Superintendent license from Concordia University. My husband and I live in Slinger with our four, active children and our one really energetic black lab. I am humbled by the responsibilities of this leadership role I enjoy partnering with our dedicated school board and staff to provide the very best for our children.
Beliefs that guide my work include:
- Teachers have the most significant influence on student achievement within the classroom.
- Parents are important partners in helping students meet their full potential.
- While all children have different strengths and needs, they all can learn and will grow after spending time in the classrooms at ERIN school.
- Learning should be fun and engaging!
- Education is an investment in OUR future!
I look forward to a year full of teamwork, high-quality learning and growing healthy habits for each and every student at Erin School!