Personalized Learning Environments (PLEs) can mean many different things to many different people. The East Troy Community School District continues to establish a clear focus by the development of a policy that supports PLEs, ultimately resulting in continued systemic shifts toward ensuring district goals and the ongoing pursuit of STEAM (Strategies That Engage All Minds).
East Troy Community School District
Dr. Hibner is entering his 24th year in public education and eleventh year as District Administrator of the East Troy Community School District. Dr. Hibner is passionate about the importance of each and every child receiving a high quality education that engages each student in the learning process. He is committed to ensuring personalized learning environments that puts the student at the center of the learning process by continually improving upon, altering and aligning systemic structures throughout the educational framework. He is extremely excited about the work being done at the East Troy School District toward making a system fit the student(s), rather than the student(s) having to fit the system.
Mrs. Harris is entering her 13th year in education; she spent eight years as a school counselor and is in her 5th year as an elementary principal. She is excited about the strong foundation that East Troy Community School District is building in creating learning environments that are personalized. Additionally, Mrs. Harris is passionate about working with primary teachers to bring that vision to life for our youngest learners.
Ms. Deutsch is entering her 15th year in public education and second year as Curriculum Coordinator for the East Troy Community School District. She is enthusiastic about the district’s systemic alignment of personalized learning classroom environments, curriculum development, student-driven instructional practices, and authentic assessments of learning.
Mark Weerts enters his 22nd year in public education with 12 years as a school psychologist and 10 years as a building level administrator. He is excited about new levels of student and teacher engagement along with a comprehensive, coordinated district-wide plan to strengthen personalized learning environments within the East Troy Community School District.
Kevin Kitslaar is Co-Principal at East Troy High School. Mr. Kitslaar is in his 15th year in public education and beginning his second year at East Troy High School. He is excited to work with a dedicated high school staff and district that puts the students in the center of the learning process to ensure learning for all students through personalized learning environments, which supports and complements district goals and initiatives.
Ms. Kohnke is entering her 26th year in public education and third year as Director of Curriculum and Instruction at East Troy Community School District. Ms. Kohnke is excited about all of the new opportunities both students and teachers have available to them within the district. East Troy Community School District has an amazing level of commitment to bringing personalized learning to life and not just words on a piece of paper.
Stacey Kuehn is Co-Principal at East Troy High School. Ms. Kuehn is entering her second year as co-principal and 12th year as an educator. Ms.Kuehn states that her PLE journey continues this year at the high school with the focus being on a comprehensive systematic plan that strengthens PLE’s toward ensuring critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and content are shared and assessed on all summative assessments, the utilization of frequent formative assessments as feedback, supporting flexibility related to summative assessments, and ensuring a culture focused on student learning through a PLE lens.
Mr. Syens is entering his 28th year in public education and his seventh year as East Troy Middle School Principal. He is excited that the East Troy Community School District continues to place the student at the center of the learning continuum by meeting their needs in academic skills and social development in a personalized learning environment.