Superintendent's Message

A Message from the Superintendent

Spring 2019

By Mr. John Zegers

Mr. John Zegers

Dear Friends of the School District of West De Pere,


      How could anyone find the words to express the appreciation, gratitude and the lasting memories afforded them by leading the School District of West De Pere as Superintendent? I am so grateful for the tremendous vote of confidence the Board of Education has shown in me and their TRUST in my abilities to create a Vision of Pride and Excellence.


      July 1, 2008 was a turning point in my 44-year career as an educator. I was selected by the West De Pere Board of Education as Superintendent of Schools. What a moment! What a responsibility! What a challenge! What a great job! It was with great pride, humility and cautious optimism that I accepted to lead the School District of West De Pere for the next eleven years.  As a lifelong resident of De Pere, I could not have wanted a better school district to lead. What a privilege for any educator to be able to teach, lead and inspire students and staff in their own hometown. I pinch myself to this day trying to comprehend the magnitude of the job as Superintendent of the School District of West De Pere and the faith the Board showed in me that allowed me to make a difference in the lives of so many people. To Board members past and present that trusted me to create a vision for our students and staff as we have become a school district of choice, I say THANK YOU. Thank you for the opportunity to lead the way for the past eleven years as Superintendent.  It has been an honor and a tremendous privilege to demonstrate servant leadership, passion and compassion while serving as the instructional leader in West De Pere.


      As you are aware, I will be retiring on July 5, 2019. Being a lifelong advocate for the FISH! philosophy, a very popular management system for the workplace. “Be there for people…make their day…choose your attitude…and have fun at work," I hope that I have led our school district by these principles in a sustainable manner with success.  My goal coming into the Superintendency in West De Pere, was to take our school district to the next level of success while consistently treating people with respect, appreciation and care as individuals each and every day. Collectively, we have accomplished many of the objectives we focused on year after year. We are a district of choice because of OUR successes and we should all be proud of the students, staff and our Board of Education for the intense dedication, commitment and rigor to accomplish so much these past eleven years.


      Thank you to the Board of Education, administrative team, teachers, district office staff, building level administrative assistants, secretaries, maintenance staff, students, parents and our West De Pere community members.  You have truly made my eleven years here in West De Pere a part of my life I will never forget. It’s with great pride then that I say so long for now and Go Phantoms.


The mission of the School District of West De Pere is to create a safe comprehensive educational and social environment for students and staff which will produce life-long learners with the capacity to succeed in the local and global community.