Woodview School gets a new principal

GHS graduate Schwenzen hired to succeed McMahon, who takes district director job
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Woodview Elementary School will soon have a new principal.

The Grafton School Board on Monday, May 24, hired Jill Schwenzen, who will succeed Michael McMahon in the position. 

McMahon has been Woodview’s principal for six years and will be moving to the school district office to become the director of teaching and learning. 

Schwenzen, who graduated from Grafton High School in 1995, is currently an associate principal at Sheboygan North High School. She has also worked in the Kenosha Unified School District as assistant principal, program support teacher and school social worker. 

Schwenzen received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-White-water and master’s degrees in social work and administrative leadership from UW-Milwaukee.

Supt. Jeff Nelson said he is enthusiastic about the addition of Schwenzen to the administrative team. 

“We are excited to welcome a leader with the talent, skills and experiences that Jill brings to Woodview,” Nelson said. “Throughout her career, and in a variety of roles, Jill has consistently demonstrated a strong, passionate commitment to education. She has diligently built positive relationships with all stakeholders, and we know that will continue here in the Grafton School District.”

Schwenzen said being named Woodview principal is a full-circle experience for her career in education.

“I’m thrilled to be able to return to my hometown and bring the experiences that I have gained in my career to work with the students, parents and staff of Woodview Elementary,” she said.

“Grafton is a wonderful place, and I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve the members of this community in this capacity.” 

Schwenzen will assume her job duties July 1.

McMahon said he is looking forward to the opportunity to lead in a districtwide capacity. 

“I could not be more excited to continue the important work of teaching and learning in such a wonderful community and school district,” he said.

“We have an outstanding staff and amazing students and families in the Grafton School District, and I’m excited to continue the mission of ‘Every Student, Every Day,’ in this new role.” 

McMahon is replacing current Director of Teaching and Learning Dianna Kresovic, who will be taking a new position outside the district as the director of the Literacy Center for CESA 6.

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