The Hamilton School Board appointed Candis Mongan the new Hamilton High School principal at its April 24 meeting. Mongan, who as been associate principal and extended learning opportunities coordinator at Hamilton for the past three years, will begin her new post effective July 1. She replaces David Furrer, who announced his retirement this spring after 15 years at the high school – 12 as its principal and two as associate principal.
Mongan was hired in the district in 2001 as a transitions counselor for the high school and Templeton Middle School. In that role, she coordinated middle to high school transition activities was responsible for remedial and honor student identification and programming as well as the implementation of standardized tests. Her more recent high school responsibilities included coordination of extended learning opportunities and the accreditation planning process, supervision of several departments, applied engineering curriculum improvements, standardized testing and student attendance and disciplinary matters.
Before joining the Hamilton School District, Mongan was a school counselor and middle school teacher in Wauwatosa.. She began her career as a sixth grade teacher at a private school. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and middle education in 1992, master’s degree in counseling in 1998 and administrative license in 2003 – all from Concordia University in Mequon.
“Ms. Mongan is a strong instructional leader who will honor the accomplishments that the high school has realized while continuing to move it forward,” Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., said.
“She is a child advocate and a collaborative leader who will help set goals and challenge students and staff to reach higher levels,” Cooke said. “We are pleased to appoint a person of Ms. Mongan’s caliber who is an excellent problem-solver and communicator.”
Hamilton High School serves 1,214 students in grades 9-12 and is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road., Sussex.