Nguyen to join DPI leadership team

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Duy Nguyen, who has served as the Northside principal for the past three school years, has accepted a position on State Superintendent-elect Jill Underly's leadership team.

Nguyen was one of four state assistant superintendent appointments announced this week. He will serve as the head of the Academic Excellence Division.

"We are thrilled for Duy,'' Superintendent Dana Monogue said. "He has been an important member of our leadership team and will be missed, but it is exciting that one of our own will play such an instrumental role in the success of all Wisconsin students at the Department of Public Instruction.''

Nguyen has served for more than 17 years in schools as a kindergarten, first- and second-grade teacher, learning coordinator, and an elementary school principal. He also spent several summers teaching middle and high school students in Nanjing, China. He was a librarian in Quito, Ecuador before heading to New York City to study at Teachers College-Columbia University. Nguyen started the first laboratory school in Wisconsin.

He earned his bachelor's degree from UW-Madison and master's degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from Teachers College-Columbia University and UW-Madison.

Nguyen had recently accepted the position of MCPASD Director of Elementary Education, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year, but shortly after the announcement Underly contacted him about joining DPI. The District has already begun a search to replace Nguyen, who was taking over for Rainey Briggs, who earlier this year accepted the superintendent position at Baraboo Area School District.

Nguyen was named principal at Northside in June 2018. He spent the previous two years as principal at Hawthorne LAB School in Waukesha.

The others assistant superintendents appointed included Tricia Collins (Finance and Management), Keona Jones (Student and School Success), and Tessa Michaelson Schmidt (Libraries and Technology).

“This group embodies a deep well of expertise and a fierce commitment to education,” Dr. Underly said in a statement. “They bring with them a vast diversity of personal and professional experience at a critical time as our communities, schools, kids and families continue to face the lingering challenges from the pandemic. This team is built to listen, collaborate with stakeholders, and get to work to build a public education system where every child gets what they need to succeed, every day.”

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