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School Board appoints two associate principals

The Hamilton School Board approved the appointments of two open associate principal positions – one at elementary and the other at the secondary level – at its May 18 regular meeting.

Keith Nerby was appointed to serve at Hamilton High School, and Tara Villalobos was chosen for Woodside Elementary School. Both will begin their positions effective at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year.

Nerby replaces Craig Brimacombe who will become principal at Jefferson High School. Villalobos fills a half-time position at Woodside. She replaces Cynthia Stemper who will return to full-time teaching in another district.

“We are pleased to be able to hire two experienced associate principals,” Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke said. “Their child advocacy, instructional leadership abilities and human relations skills set them apart from other candidates.”

For the past year, Nerby was the dean of students and activities director at Beloit Memorial High School. In that position, he was responsible for the Freshmen Academy structure in which he supervised 25 regular education and five special education teachers He was also responsible for the freshman-senior mentor program, discipline, class scheduling, school career fair, schoolwide activities, facility-use scheduling and hiring and evaluation of activity advisors. Before becoming an administrator, he had been business teacher and department chairperson for five years at Kenosha’s Tremper High School.

Nerby earned his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2003. He earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from National Louis University – Chicago in 2007.

Villalobos has been the associate principal at Nicolet Union High School since 2005. She was responsible for coordinating or supervising back-to-school activities for staff, the New Teacher Induction Program, National Honor Society and Gifted and Talented programs, science and fine arts departments, student attendance and discipline and master scheduling. She began her education at Nicolet in 2000 as a mathematics teacher. Villalobos is also an adjunct professor and coach at Concordia University where she has instructed aspiring administrators, taught a health course, assisted a mathematics course and coached football cheerleading.

Villalobos earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2000. She earned her master’s degree in education administration from Concordia University.