2 administrators leaving Janesville schools
Director of Instruction Donna Behn leaves July 1 to take the same position with the Verona School District, the Janesville district announced Tuesday.
Also Tuesday, Lincoln Elementary School Principal Rodonna Amiel told her staff she is retiring at year’s end.
Amiel said it was a tough decision after 35 years in education, 22 in Janesville. She said she did it to join her husband in retirement.
“I love working in this school district. I love my Lincoln staff. They’re wonderful; they’re like a family. They do great things for kids. They will continue to do great things for kids,” Amiel said.
“I know our kids will do great. We’ve got a great administrative team, and we’ve got a great team at Lincoln,” Amiel added.
Amiel was a special-education program-support teacher and then coordinator of special education before becoming principal in 2000.
Behn, hired in 2005, was well known for her large workload as the district administration downsized and initiatives proliferated in recent years.
Behn was responsible for student learning and achievement. She oversaw the development of curriculum, testing and training.
Behn was instrumental the adoption of 4-year-old kindergarten and the Chinese language program. She also served as the principal of the Janesville Virtual Academy and Academy for International Studies.
Superintendent Karen Schulte praised both women for their contributions and said they will be missed.