Germantown administrator leaves for Whitefish Bay

School District seeks new director of teaching and learning

July 5, 2013

Germantown — School district administrators in Wisconsin seem to be playing musical chairs.

The Germantown School District has to fill another administrative position after Director of Teaching and Learning Maria Kucharski resigned from her position.

The School Board on June 24 accepted the resignation of Kucharski, who will take the role of director of teaching and learning services at the Whitefish Bay School District. She is expected to start July 15.

Kucharski is replacing Laura Myrah, who is serving as the interim superintendent at Whitefish Bay for the next year. Myrah replaced Mary Gavigan. Gavigan is now serving as the executive director at the southeastern Wisconsin branch of the Cooperative Educational Service Agency.

"We are sorry to see her go," Germantown School Board President Bob Soderberg said. "But, it's like any other position, we want to get the best and brightest for that role and we will be very aggressive in the recruiting selection of that person."

Soderberg said he will meet with Assistant Superintendent Cynthia Coley and new Superintendent Jeff Holmes to discuss a hiring plan for the position. Holmes officially started with the Germantown School District on July 1. He replaces Susan Borden, who left for a position with the DeForest Area School District.

Kucharski has served as the director of teaching and learning in Germantown for the 2012-13 school year. Prior to that, she served as principal of Amy Belle Elementary.

In 2012-13, Kucharski helped to implement innovation grants for teachers who want to cultivate an idea in the classroom that would personalize learning for students. She also helped to expand teacher and staff leadership opportunities through building leadership teams, curriculum coaches and collaborative support teams.

She said her personal and professional strengths are a "wonderful match" to Whitefish Bay's vision and goals.

Myrah said more than 30 people applied for the teaching and learning position.

"We had some great people in that pool and she rose to the top of all of them," Myrah said. "We saw her as incredibly bright and hard working and just a great personality."

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