DeForest Area High School has a new principal! Machell Schwarz started on August 16, coming from Baraboo High School where she was the principal for the past 11 years.
Machell graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a major in Mathematics and Secondary Education. She earned her Masters of Education in Professional Development from UW-LaCrosse. She has taught math (primarily in grades 7-12) at Riverside High School (Milwaukee Public School System), University School of Milwaukee, and Wauzeka Middle/High School. After earning her principal certification from Winona State University, she worked for two years as the 7-12 principal at Cassville Junior/Senior High before taking the principal position at Baraboo High School.
Schwarz has been involved in several leadership and service position in the state, including serving on the High School Commission for the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators. She is the current president of that organization. She also served on the State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster’s task force on personal financial literacy and is currently on the School Administrators’ Alliance task force on state assessment.
According to Schwarz, “I hold a strong belief that all children can learn at high levels and that teachers have a great impact on that learning. I also believe that as educators we must always continue to grow and learn and improve ourselves. ”
Schwarz’s husband is a math teacher at Jack Young Middle School in Baraboo and began the boys’ high school swim program in Baraboo. They have three children.
“I am really looking forward to becoming a part of the DeForest Norski tradition and the chance to be a part of what I consider to be a premier district in the state of Wisconsin,” said Schwarz.