Shoemaker named MHS principal

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The photo that accompanies this story was taken by MHS senior Ella Roach. Please visit The Cardinal Chronicle website for an interview with Peg Shoemaker.

Peg Shoemaker has been named the principal at Middleton High School, Superintendent Dana Monogue announced this week.

Shoemaker was named the interim principal in June 2019, replacing Steve Plank, who served as principal at MHS for five years before leaving to become superintendent of the Burlington Area School District.

“We are thrilled that Peg has accepted the position as principal at Middleton High School,’’ Monogue said. ‘’Our goal was to hire the best possible principal for MHS. We have received lots of positive feedback about Peg’s performance and the impact she has had on students and staff since she joined our team last summer. Peg is student-centered, an expert in teaching and learning, and a caring and compassionate leader.

“Peg has significant experience as a principal at a large high school along with leading Hudson High School through a renovation process, which will be crucial in the next couple of years.’’

Shoemaker previously served six years as the principal at Hudson High School. Before that, she served as the principal at Willow River Elementary in Hudson. She also served as a teacher and Associate Director of Learning Services. In all she worked for 28 years in Hudson.

MHS has 2,250 students and nearly 400 staff members in 2019-20.

Shoemaker will see MHS through a high school renovation and expansion after voters overwhelmingly approved a $138.9 million capital question in November 2018. Construction is set to begin in the spring and will take place in two phases and is expected to be finished for the start of the 2022-23 school year.

Shoemaker said she looks forward to working alongside her staff to explore high school redesign models that engage all students more deeply in learning.

Deputy Superintendent Sherri Cyra noted the position was posted with the intent of engaging in a full and transparent hiring process but in reviewing applicants it was overwhelmingly apparent that  Shoemaker was the best candidate for the position.

Shoemaker replaced Laura Love, who is now MCPASD’s director of secondary education, as the principal at Hudson High School.

MHS was ranked No. 1 out of all public high schools in the Madison area and fifth overall out of more than 550 high schools in Wisconsin in the Niche.com 2020 rankings. MHS was also ranked the second-best high school in the state for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) offerings.

MHS significantly exceeded standards, which is the highest category, on the latest School Report Cards that were released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in November 2019. MHS had a score of 86.6 and was the highest-rated high school in Dane County for the third straight year.