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Kathleen Held

Kathleen Held
Hemlock Creek Principal
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920-425-1900 ext. 3326
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As the principal of Hemlock Creek Elementary, I know I have the best job in the whole world! Everyday I get to come to work and work with the best staff, the best families, and best of all, the BEST children!

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987 with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I started teaching 5th grade in 1987 and eventually served as the K-6 elementary computer teacher/coordinator in the Forest Park School District in Crystal Falls, MI. In 1988, I received my Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Northern Michigan University located in Marquette, MI. I have been an elementary principal in the East Jackson Community School District located in Jackson, MI, a 4K-4th grade principal in the Marinette School District and joined the West De Pere School District in 2007 with the opening of Hemlock Creek Elementary. With the start of the 2019-2020 school year, this will be my 33rd year in education. Time does fly!

My husband Rob and I live in the West De Pere School District. I have two step-daughters Whitney and Kayla, who live in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area. It is fantastic being a grandparent to Mila who will be 6, Ario who is 4 and Maks who is 2.  I am an avid Green Bay Packer fan!  When I am not at work, I like to travel, drive our Camaro, tailgate for Packer games, continue to learn new things and spend time with our Boxers, Diesel and Charlie. I am proud to be part of the West De Pere School District!

Michael Kowalczyk

Michael Kowalczyk
Hemlock Creek Assoc. Principal
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Hello to all,

My name is Mike Kowalczyk.  I am the Associate Principal at Hemlock Creek Elementary and Summer School Director for the West De Pere School District.  Everyday I have the privilege of leading and serving the staff and students of the West De Pere Community. I enjoy what I do and look forward to discovering what each day may bring.  Every day is a new day and you never know what you might learn.

My journey in West De Pere began in 2008.  I was part of the development of the 4K program, and I loved every minute of it.  There was never a bad day when you were surrounded by 4 and 5 years. Now, I am part of the summer school program, and I am as equally as proud of the program and where it is headed.  

Prior to all of this, I received my Masters in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University, my Bachelors in Special Education from UW-Milwaukee (go Panthers), and high school diploma from Green Bay East High School.  I have worked with grade levels Early Childhood through ninth grade and with students with varying special needs at some point in my career. 

I have been blessed to be married to my wife Suzanne for 20 years.  We have three awesome children: Katrina (graduated this year from WDP High School, going to University of Minnesota), Kaylee (11th), and Tyler (8th).  Together we work to raise our two dogs: Popcorn (who is 11) and Coco (who is 1). I love sports, being active, and COOKIES!