Living our mission: Engage, Empower, Achieve
The Hamilton School District offers an exceptional educational experience for all students. Consistently rated as one of the top performing school districts in Wisconsin, Hamilton is a source of pride for the communities we serve.
The combined efforts of the School Board, community members, parents, staff and students have created a fiscally responsible and high-achieving school district that is focused on ensuring each child’s success. These dedicated individuals care deeply about the well-being of others and are committed to realizing the goals of the district’s Strategic Plan. We actively live out our core beliefs which are to engage students in meaningful active involvement, empower students by enabling all to find success and support students to achieve by reaching their highest potential.
At Hamilton, we strongly believe in continuous improvement for our students and staff. We understand that the world is constantly evolving and that we need to be responsive to the ever-changing needs of our students in order to prepare them for their future successes. We strive to create an environment where all students can be successful both in and outside of the classroom. Through the continued support of parents, the instruction of our dedicated staff and strong community partnerships, Hamilton School District will move forward in its mission to ensure maximum achievement for each student. We are proud to serve a community which works together to promote student achievement to build a better future for all.
Superintendent Paul G. Mielke, Ph.D.
Doctorate – Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, Cardinal Stritch University, 2012
Master’s degree – Educational Leadership, Cardinal Stritch University, 2005
Bachelor of science – University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 1999
2016 – Present Superintendent, Hamilton School District
2014-16 – Principal, Templeton Middle School
2009-14 – Principal, West-Allis Central High School
2006-09 – Assistant principal including 2 years as activities and athletic director, Waukesha South High School
1999-2006 – English teacher and football coach, Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School
- Attained highest MAP Reading testing scores in Templeton school history in first year as principal.
- Created new schedule to facilitate needs of all learners including academic interventions and enrichment. Based on initial results, quality and effectiveness of interventions have increased significantly.
- Directed the development of the Critical Literacy class which is focused on disciplinary literacy and increased rigor while vertically aligning grade levels. Initial results have been very favorable based on teacher and student feedback.
- Improved student drop off procedures, which had been a long standing issue, creating a safer and more organized drop off for students and parents.
- Elicited input from parents to improve various aspects at Templeton including daily schedule, Special Education services, student drop off procedures, summer school transportation and 6th grade orientation.
- Facilitated strategic planning for site plan and monitored tactics for success. The 2014-15 Site Plan at TMS resulted in record achievement and significant reorganization of school structure and processes for the 2015-16 school year.
- Managed multi-million dollar budgets in multiple school districts including experience with reorganizing and reprioritizing allocations to maintain or improve student opportunities. Have been involved in process of multiple cycles of budgeting processes and budget cuts in multiple districts.
- Conducted needs assessment for technology in multiple districts. Resulted in reallocation of funds to increase student and teacher access to technology without additional district funding.
- Lead multiple renovations of facilities in Waukesha and West Allis that aided both academic and athletic endeavors. Fitness rooms at Waukesha and West Allis were renovated and updated; two new computer labs were created in West Allis, IMC redesigned in West Allis to create better student access and to create a more productive environment for staff meetings.
- Created community partnerships including agreements that generated $18,000 annually for West Allis Central and opportunities for students to gain experience working within the community.
- Created Classroom Walk Through platform using Google Docs that replaced system that cost +$20,000 annually for zero cost.
- Established summer school program at West Allis Central focused on credit recovery and freshman transition. Over 340 classes were recovered by students in two summers.
- Facilitated Next Generation Learning programs in the forms of blended learning using Moodle for Biology; creation of iPad driven classes in Science, Math and English; and creation of Freshmen Academy that created a house approach for 125 freshmen that focused on 21st century learning skills. Results showed significant increase in GPA and attendance, with a significant decrease in behavioral referrals.
- Initiated Data Driven Decisions for school improvement planning resulting in improvement in WKCE cell groups in reading: SES (9 points), LEP (15 points), Hispanic (9 points), White (10 points).
- Implemented PBIS and daily home room program that focused on student achievement and development. Resulted in decrease of referrals of 17%, decrease of in-school suspensions of 31% and out of school suspensions by 60%.
- Incorporated 1to1 iPad and Bring Your Own Device district initiatives. Facilitated the development of processes and professional development for 1500 students and staff to utilize district issued iPads.
- Pioneered a redesigned teacher evaluation system focused on differentiated professional growth.
- Increased Advance Placement participation by 37% and increased ACT participation by 47% in 2011-2012 school year. In March 2012, Milwaukee Magazine ranked West Allis the number 1 over performer in student achievement when factoring in socio-economic status in the area.
- Supervised multiple levels of employees, created plans of assistance that have improved employee performance, as well as mentored numerous teachers in pursuit of their Administrative degree.
- Authored policies in various areas including, AODA, extra-curricular, supervision/instruction and others.
- Organized the implementation and national certifications of Project Lead the Way and AVID.
- Developed and led collegial studies in Lesson Study and Developing Teacher Expertise and offered optional professional development to staff. Over 100 teachers have participated in optional professional development to enhance their daily teaching effectiveness.
RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
- Co-authored “Making Teachers Better, Not Bitter: Balancing Evaluation, Supervision and Reflection for Professional Growth.”
- Rewrote curriculum for Cardinal Stritch University course EDU 580 Developing, Supervising and Evaluating Staff.
- Adjunct Professor for Cardinal Stritch University for Masters and Doctoral programs.
PUBLISHED WORKS AND PRESENTATIONS
- Published as lead article in Educational Leadership, November 2012, “Keeping Improvement In Mind.” Was the lead author for an article that promoted the idea of using teacher evaluation to drive teacher development.
- Completed dissertation study on teacher evaluation, “Investigating a Systematic Process to Develop Teacher Expertise: A Comparative Case Study”. The study garnered national attention from educational leader Robert Marzano and was promoted as a study that could impact teacher evaluation for the future.
- Dissertation was featured by Learning Sciences Marzano Center in multiple formats including a webinar, a link to download the complete dissertation, numerous Tweets and a webpage dedicated to the highlights of the dissertation.
- Conducted a webinar with Robert Marzano based on findings of dissertation, December 2012. Was the lead presenter to a national audience that focused on the components of an effective teacher evaluation process.
- Presented at international Marzano conference in Florida in June 2013 on Developing Teacher Expertise. Was invited to speak about the impact of deliberate practice on teaching and findings of dissertation study by Learning Sciences CEO Michael Toth.
- Presented at multiple state conferences on Lesson Study, Classroom Walk Throughs and Teacher Evaluation. The focus of the presentations was to inform and equip school leaders with tools to implement processes within their own schools and districts.
- APQC Knowledge Transfer National Conference, “Exploring Professional Learning Community Evaluation”, Houston, February 2009. Created and facilitated session on evaluation practices of Professional Learning Communities with districts from across the United States.
- Worked with multiple school districts as a consultant to improve daily teacher practice through the use of the teacher supervision and evaluation process.
- Coached various sports for following organizations: YMCA, Crosspoint Community Church, recreation department, Oconomowoc Soccer Association, Oconomowoc Area Baseball Association.
- Presented “Benefits of Developing a Growth Mindset Within Our Organizations” to Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce.