Johnson Creek School District Looks Within for New Leaders

Mellisa Enger PortraitThe Johnson Creek School District is happy to announce the selection of Melissa Enger as the elementary Principal, accepting the reins from retiring veteran Principal Kristine Blakeley.

Johnson Creek Graduate Melissa Enger has served the District as a kindergarten teacher for the past eleven years. She has accepted many leadership opportunities during her time in the District. Those have included being one of the District’s first team teachers, serving on a variety of building and district advisory committees, supervising student teachers, leading teacher salary promotion review teams, participating in UW-Madison’s work on personalized learning, and serving as an interim building leader while the principal was on leave.

“There was no question as to who would best lead the elementary school. Mrs. Enger has been a teacher leader since the first day she joined the staff. She has accepted all of the leadership opportunities afforded her along the way. Melissa brings fresh ideas to the administrative team along with a long understanding of the Johnson Creek Community, “ Superintendent Michael Garvey

Mrs. Enger graduated in 2006 Cum Laude from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She will complete her graduate program in Educational Leadership and Policy and Analysis through UW-Madison.

Melissa and her husband Brian live in Fort Atkinson and have 2 children: Calab (11) and Callie (9).

Mrs. Enger will begin her official duties July 1st

Stacy Pustina PortraitThe Johnson Creek School District is happy to announce that current School Psychologist Stacy Pustina, while continuing to serve the District as School Psychologist, has accepted the responsibility to lead the Special Education staff.

Retiring Elementary Principal Kristine Blakeley has served the District in a dual role as Principal and Pupil Service Director. Mrs. Pustina will be responsible for many of the Pupil Services administrative tasks.

Mrs. Pustina received her bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from UW-Lacrosse. Her Master’s degree in School Psychology was earned from UW-Stout in 2016. Mrs. Pustina completed an Educational Specialist in School Psychology this year from Stout.

“We are so very happy that Stacy has agreed to join our leadership team. She is a very bright young woman who brings the “calm” to special education. It will be a pleasure to welcome her to our team as she shares her insights with us, ” Superintendent Michael Garvey stated.

Mrs. Pustina will pursue certification in Special Education Leadership in the fall.

Stacy and her husband Abe reside in Oconomowoc.

Matt Cheek PortraitThe Johnson Creek School District is happy to announce that Mathew Cheek has accepted the position of Innovations/Media Specialist. This newly created position will replace the Library Media Specialist position. Mr. Cheek has been recognized across the area for his use of technology in the classroom to improve student achievement.

The District chose Mr. Cheek to assist students and staff k-12 in the areas of self-branding, using technology to increase student achievement, using all of the library resources to conduct research and to increase critical thinking and innovation through expanded Maker Space opportunities.

Mr. Cheek graduated in 2009 Cum Laude from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Art Studio. He currently serves the Johnson Creek School District as a kindergarten teacher.

“Mr. Cheek’s ability to work with the kindergarten student, adults and everyone in between will serve us well in this new position. His regional recognition as an educational innovator is what we need in this position. As the selection committee considered the quality, traits, and experiences of which they were
looking, Matt’s name kept coming up as an example. It just made sense to offer Matt this opportunity,” Superintendent Michael Garvey reflected.

Matt and his wife Amanda live in Fort Atkinson and have 3 children: Charlotte (4), Guendolyn (3) and Adelaide (1).

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