DELAVAN — An academic dean and gifted, creative and talented coordinator from the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District was named Wileman Elementary School’s newest principal on Monday.
At its Nov. 10 meeting, the Delavan-Darien School Board unanimously approved the hiring of Rebecca Schneider, who will start in the post on Monday, Nov. 16. She will replace Shawn Madden, who resigned Oct. 19 for personal family reasons. Madden was with the district since 2013.
Schneider is the academic dean at Longfellow Elementary School, a post she has held since 2013. In that role she works closely with the principal and staff, particularly on curriculum and instruction issues and development.
She is also the creative and talented program coordinator for the district, which has nearly 10,000 students in 11 elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, several preschool centers and a virtual learning academy.
“We are very lucky to have her joining us,” Superintendent Robert Crist said. “She has a variety of increasing leadership experiences in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District that will serve her well in leading Wileman Elementary School. I look forward to working with her more as she starts her first job as a building principal.”
Schneider is also the co-director and a lead teacher at the Morgan Grove Family Center in West Allis, and has experience in the classroom as a kindergarten, first and second grade teacher at Hoover Elementary in New Berlin, and as a Title 1 reading teacher at Catapult Learning in Milwaukee.
She has certifications in Early Childhood/Special Education, Director of Instruction and Building Principal. Her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood was earned through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Schneider also has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.
Like Wileman Elementary, Longfellow Elementary School in West Allis has a high-poverty, high-minority student population. Wileman has about 280 students (2014-15 certified data), with approximately 50 percent minority or mixed race. Longfellow has 370 students with nearly 54 percent being in the minority. Both schools had more than 70 percent of students qualifying for the federal free/reduced lunch program.
“Looking at the opportunities I’ve had at West Allis-West Milwaukee, they’ve given me a chance to see how school districts work from a variety of viewpoints,” Schneider said. “This move (to a principal’s role) seemed like the logical next step. I look forward to working with all members of the Delavan-Darien School District and helping it continue move forward in a positive direction.
“Having had the chance to meet some of the staff and the administrators already, everyone seems very welcoming and eager to do what’s best for kids. I’m excited push forward new and existing best teaching practices that will help all Delavan-Darien students. It think this will be a good fit and a good challenge.”
Schneider, and her husband Dave, currently live in Hartford, Wisconsin, with their nearly 2-year-old daughter Emma. She enjoys running and spending time with her family.