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New Roosevelt School principal picked

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Frank Schultz
July 5, 2013

— Janesville schools Superintendent Karen Schulte is recommending the assistant principal at Edison Middle School become the new principal at Roosevelt Elementary School.

The Janesville School Board likely will approve the recommendation of Deanne Edlefsen when it meets Tuesday.

If approved, Edlefsen would begin her duties at Roosevelt Elementary School on Aug. 12 at a salary of $94,000. She would work 218.5 days a year on a two-year contract.

Edlefsen has been the Assistant Principal at Edison Middle School in Janesville since 2010.

Edlefsen would replace Stacy Mattson, Roosevelt's principal for four years, who left to take a job as head of a lower school at Madison Country Day School in Waunakee.

Mattson wrote to her staff this spring, expressing affection and respect for the staff and saying she was leaving only because she considers her new position "a dream job for me, my family and my skill set."

Edlefsen taught high school in Minnesota and was a middle school teacher and assistant principal in South Carolina. She also was a middle school teacher and was dean of students at McNeel Middle School in Beloit, according to a district news release.

She is a national board-certified teacher who holds a master's degree in leadership from Capella University. She recently completed courses through Edgewood College for certification as director of instruction.

The news release describes Edlefsen as a strong, experienced teacher who displays a desire for all to succeed, along with "excellent organizational and communication skills."

Schulte in the news release describes Roosevelt as "one of those hidden gems where the community at large doesn't see all the great things that are happening there. It is time for Roosevelt to receive the recognition it is due and be recognized throughout the state and nation. I believe Deanne has the vision, tenacity and skill to carry Roosevelt Elementary School's message and develop it into one of the highest performing schools in the nation."

The district reports 29 people applied for the position. Five were interviewed by top district administrators, which sent two names to a "peer interview team" comprising teachers, a parent, a principal and other administrative staff members.



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