Janesville fills principal positions
JANESVILLE The Janesville School District on Friday announced the probable hirings of a principal and three assistant principals.
The two men and two women are all from outside the district. The school board is expected to approve the hirings at its next meeting. If approved, all four would begin work Aug. 12.
The new administrators are:
-- Charles “Charlie” Urness, for the position of principal of Franklin Middle School.
Urness would replace longtime Principal Kim Ehrhardt, who will become director of instruction.
Urness has been principal of Brodhead Middle School since 2001. His resume includes eighth-grade teacher in Yuma, Ariz., 1996-1999, and high school teacher from 1999 to 2001 in Brodhead.
The district’s announcement included praise from Brodhead Superintendent Chuck Deery: “Mr. Urness definitely is one of the best principals I’ve seen in terms of involvement in curriculum and providing instructional leadership. He is especially attuned to improvements that promote equity and addressing individual students’ needs.”
Urness holds a bachelor’s degree in history from UW-La Crosse and a master’s degree in educational administration from UW-Madison, where he is working toward a doctoral degree.
Urness was chosen from among 58 applicants. He would receive a salary of $106,549.
- Quiana Johnikin, Parker High School assistant principal, replacing Barb Dougal, who is retiring.
Johnikin has been library media center director for the Mequon-Thiensville School District since 2009. She taught middle school for the Milwaukee Public School District from 2003-09.
Johnikin holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Alverno College and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Cardinal Stritch University. She is pursuing a doctorate from National Louis University.
Johnikin was chosen from among 86 applicants. She would receive a salary of $87,453.
-- Shawn Mangar, Craig High School assistant principal, replacing Alison Spiegel, who becomes Craig principal.
Mangar has been lead teacher for special education at East Flatbush Community Research School in Brooklyn, N.Y., since 2007. He was a high school special-education teacher in the New York City Public School District from 2004-2007.
Mangar holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree in elementary education from Mercy College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Bank Street College of Education.
Mangar was chosen from among 76 applicants. He would receive a salary of $87,453.
-- Deanne McCarthy, Edison Middle School assistant principal, filing a position that has been vacant for a year.
McCarthy has been dean of students at McNeel Middle School in Beloit since 2008. She taught there from 2006-08.
As a dean, she assumed administrative duties that included discipline, attendance, staff supervision and building safety, according to the news release.
McCarthy was a high school teacher for the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota from 1997-2000. She served as a middle school teacher, 2000-2005, and as a middle school assistant principal, 2005-2006, for the Beaufort School District in South Carolina.
McCarthy holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies/anthropology from St. Cloud State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Capella University. She holds National Board Teacher Certification in Social Studies.
McCarthy was chosen from among 80 applicants. She would receive a salary of $85,112.