Staying hired as the superintendent of Royalton Community Educational facilities in Royalton is a new experience for Supt. Dr. Kristine Wehrkamp. It is also just one she likes tremendously.
“I’m incredibly fired up. I’m actually seeking forward to obtaining to know every person, to be a section of the neighborhood and to get to know all the principals, the academics and the young children,” she mentioned.
One matter the personnel can count on is her support. She prefers doing the job as a workforce instead than accomplishing factors in isolation.
“I’m listed here to help the instructors and the principals and to make certain that little ones get what they require to turn out to be job and college or university prepared. I consider we should really all do that with each other,” she mentioned.
It’s also particularly significant to Wehrkamp that little ones can come to a school ecosystem in which they can really feel safe and sound, definitely welcome and able to thrive.
“As a workforce, I think we can make that occur,” she claimed.
Having grown up in the small city of Hartley, Iowa, with only 42 or 43 pupils in her graduating class, Wehrkamp is thrilled to work in Royalton. Remaining a scaled-down city, it variety of reminds her of her roots.
Looking back again, the instructional discipline has always been close to her. Her dad, Glen Wehrkamp, was a substantial faculty math trainer. Her mother, Yvonne, worked at the area financial institution.
“Growing up with a training father, it was a good practical experience,” she mentioned.
Wehrkamp was just one of five siblings. Tragically, her more mature brother died from Hodgkin’s Condition at age 9, when Wehrkamp was only two weeks previous.
“They experienced just introduced dwelling a brand new little one,” she stated.
After Wehrkamp graduated from Hartley-Melvin Significant University in Hartley, Iowa, in 1988, she established out to make a bachelor’s diploma in company. She graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. in 1992.
Wehrkamp stated it was immediately after she started volunteering and tutored a female in English, examining, composing and in arithmetic, that she fell in really like with training. Wanting to do extra, she studied at University of Minnesota, attained a instructing license and started off training English to newly arrived immigrants in the St. Paul General public Colleges. She also taught college or university prep to American students.
After teaching in the St. Paul Faculty District for about 4 many years, she moved into the administrative aspect of training. All alongside one another, she remained in the St. Paul University District for approximately eight many years in advance of she ventured on to the posture of group director in White Bear Lake.
Wehrkamp embraced one more experience in the instructional world following three a long time at White Bear Lake Schools. It led her to the place of executive director of group education and large faculty exercise director/supervisor at Robbinsdale Space Educational institutions, wherever she remained for far more than 5 months right before signing up for the Royalton University District as its superintendent.
Besides also earning a master’s diploma in grownup instruction and a Ph.D in academic leadership from the University of Minnesota, Wehrkamp holds superintendent, principal and group instruction licenses.
Wehrkamp said she has preferred to turn into a superintendent for pretty some time. She remembers pondering several times on her commute as a result of Royalton to Robbinsdale that Royalton would be a terrific district to do the job as a superintendent in simply because of its size. In fact, just 6 months or so just before she had stated to herself in the car, “Wow. Would not it be interesting if this would open up?” she mentioned.
The position opening arrived as a huge shock when she noticed it outlined on the Minnesota School Board Association’s web site.
“When I noticed it, I couldn’t think it. I was genuinely psyched,” she reported.
Living in Pillager with her fiancé, Frank Herman, Wehrkamp reported she doesn’t intellect the everyday commute. Possessing fulfilled several people in the Royalton Faculty District as effectively as the Royalton neighborhood, she is thrilled about the heat welcoming and welcoming faces.
When she isn’t functioning, she enjoys paying out time with Frank and close friends, generally examining non-fiction books linked to training with an occasional fiction e book producing its way in, fishing and likely on long walks. In addition, she enjoys her six-toed tabbycat, Shockpeh.