Dr. Gary Kiltz
Dr. Kiltz comes to Greendale from the School District of Menomonee Falls, where he has worked as Director of Curriculum and Learning since 2012. He also served as a principal for more than 12 years, locally at both Menomonee Falls High School and South Milwaukee High School, as well as in Arizona. Dr. Kiltz began his career as a social studies teacher before working with at risk students as a lead teacher and director of alternative schools in Menomonee Falls, West Bend, and Mesa, Arizona.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership and Supervision in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies was conferred by Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. He also holds certification in curriculum and instruction from Cardinal Stritch University.
Dr. Kiltz teaches graduate level courses at Concordia University in Mequon, WI and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. As a university instructor, he serves on dissertation committees, providing insight and advice to students doing major research to benefit students and education.
Kiltz grew up in Hales Corners and attended Whitnall Schools. Read the full article on Dr. Kiltz in the Spring 2016 issue of the School Connection.
Thank a Teacher!
During the month of May, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. While teachers do amazing work throughout the school year, this one week gives us an opportunity to reflect on the impact teachers have had on our lives and to share our thanks and appreciation for the tremendous work teachers do with our children.
As I think back on my experiences in school, my mind immediately goes to Mrs. Ross, my fifth grade teacher at Hales Corners Elementary School. Leading up to 5th grade, students feared being in her class. She was seen as a teacher who had high expectations, worked students really hard, and was a strict disciplinarian. When I heard that Mrs Ross was going to be my teacher, I was extremely nervous to be in her class.
By the end of the first month, I learned that Mrs. Ross did have extremely high expectations for her students, worked students really hard, and was a strict disciplinarian. BUT she made students feel like stars especially when we met those expectations. She developed strong relationships with students and demonstrated a sense of care for every child so that students did not want to disappoint her by misbehaving. She challenged us to think in her class, allowed us to be creative, and gave us a voice in classroom decisions. We worked hard because we saw the relevance and were excited by the work we were completing.
I think about Mrs. Ross often. I thank her for the influence she had in shaping the person I am today. Take a moment to thank a teacher who had this type of impact on you. Because real heroes do not wear capes...they teach!
We are inspiring minds!