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Kelly Jansen Named New Assistant Superintendent

Kelly Jansen Named New Assistant Superintendent
Posted on 08/27/2020
Dear South Washington County Schools Community,

Assistant Superintendent Kelly Jansen I am happy to share that Kelly Jansen has been selected as the next Assistant Superintendent of Academic Excellence and Accountability. Ms. Jansen is a familiar face in the district, currently serving as our Director of Teaching and Learning Services.

As Director of Teaching and Learning for South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) since 2018, Ms. Jansen has reimagined the department to better prepare each student for success. She is adept at creating systems of collaboration that involve multiple perspectives. She implemented a districtwide coaching model to develop, improve and support effective teaching practices to advance student learning. Ms. Jansen’s leadership has also led to community participation through the Curriculum Advisory Committee focused on reviewing curricular resources and decisions related to instruction in our schools.

SoWashCo has a commitment to racial equity and seeking out perspectives that represent those who are often marginalized or underserved. Through her experiences and ongoing training, Ms. Jansen is uniquely qualified to support our school community by making sure students and families have equitable access to a high quality education. Her previous experience as a high school principal and interim superintendent for Winona Area Schools provides a unique perspective on how to implement complex changes in a school system.

Ms. Jansen has excellent academic qualifications with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in educational leadership both from Winona State University, and is pursuing her Doctor of Education degree in leadership from Saint Mary’s University.

Ms. Jansen will assist with the hiring of her replacement for director of teaching and learning and will work closely with Assistant Superintendents Kristine Shaefer and Dr. Tyrone Brookins to ensure a smooth transition. Ms. Jansen will oversee SoWashCo’s four middle schools with additional oversight for several departments to be announced at a later date.

Please give her a warm welcome on her official first day of Sept. 2.

Be a champion,

Julie Nielsen Signature

Julie Nielsen
Superintendent