District announces administrative changes

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The District recently announced some administrative changes at Glacier Creek and with the 4K-early childhood program.

Ken Metz has been named the interim principal, while Mary Summers Kern has accepted the position of interim associate principal at Glacier Creek. Metz is replacing Bill Deno, who is expected to take a medical leave for the remainder of the school year.

Metz served as the school's dean of students in 2014-15 and the following year replaced Rick Kisting, who was named director of the Core Knowledge Charter School in Verona, as associate principal. Metz spent his first 11 years at Glacier Creek as a sixth-grade teacher there. Before that, he worked for two years as a second-grade teacher at Lawson Elementary in Jefferson City, Mo. He has a bachelor's degree from Iowa State and a master's in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch.

Summers Kern has taught English at Glacier Creek for the past six years and worked for eight years in Illinois before moving here. She also served as associate principal last year while Metz was on a parenting leave.

Meanwhile, Glacier Creek Dean of Students Colleen Young has accepted an interim position as the District’s 4K-early childhood principal. Prior to that she was a resource teacher in the District's English Language Learners/Bilingual program. Young is replacing Kari Saunders, who has been out of the office due to recovery from a medical issue since late September.

Dominique Ricks has accepted the position of interim dean of students at Glacier Creek. Ricks previously taught eighth-grade literacy in the Verona Area School District. He also taught middle school in his home state of Louisiana, and he is currently completing his graduate degree in K-12 administration with a focus on social justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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