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New elementary principal hired

Heidi Weisert-Peatow was hired as the new St. Croix Central Elementary School principal. She will take over the position

Dr. Heidi Weisert-Peatow has been hired as the new St. Croix Central Elementary School principal, following current principal Steve Sanders's retirement, effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

"I'm very excited to come and I'm very excited to meet everybody," Weisert-Peatow said.

Weisert-Peatow is a graduate of Concordia College is St. Paul, Minn. and completed her education master's coursework at Oregon State University. She then moved to Washington to teach in the Seattle area for many years. She completed her doctorate in education leadership and administration at Seattle University in 2002.

She served as assistant principal at Wagner Elementary in Monroe, Wash. In 2005, she was hired as co-principal in the Mt. Baker School District near Bellingham, Wash. After her husband's death she moved to Richland, Wash. to be near her children, serving as principal of Wiley Elementary.

Weisert-Peatow's sister is a human resources manager for the Hudson School District office. It was through her sister, as well as a posting on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website, that Weisert-Peatow said she learned about the open principal position at St. Croix Central.

"It was just making sense that I took the opportunity to basically come home and be able to spend some more time with my family that stayed back in the Midwest," Weisert-Peatow said.

Weisert-Peatow said she was also impressed by work recently done in Wisconsin to prepare teachers for the use of the new Common Core State Standards for curriculum. She said she was especially impressed by St. Croix Central's student achievement goals and records, technology plan and district-wide facility upgrade plans. She said the district's test scores show the students are working hard and doing well.

"I think I will be very satisfied to work with families that are so interested in having their children do well," Weisert-Peatow said.

Her favorite part of education is helping make a difference for a child, Weisert-Peatow said.

"When they finally understand something that's been really challenging for them and you can just see the lights go on," she said. "That's probably the most fun part."

Weisert-Peatow said she is looking forward to moving back to the Midwest, settling back in and becoming reacquainted with the area.

If she has any free time, Weisert-Peatow said she enjoys quilting. She often sews quilts for her six grandchildren.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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