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New principals look forward to meeting families, staff

Aug. 17, 2009

Germantown — New principals are leading two district elementary schools.

Cathy Schultz replaced Pat Seghers as principal at County Line Elementary School and Brendan McCarthy replaced Mark Finger at Amy Belle Elementary School.

Cathy Schultz

Schultz said a first step in reaching out to parents is attending the Fee and Form Night from 3 to 6 p.m. today. She said she also plans to do a presentation on how she can be of help to parents at the school's open house from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27.

"I use e-mail and phone calls along with home visits to meet parents and reach out to be a resource," she said.

She said she also plans to use the school's monthly newsletter to communicate with parents.

Schultz said she is looking forward to the first faculty meeting to put finishing plans for special events, which will be announced at the beginning of the year. Teachers return Wednesday.

Schultz of Wauwatosa taught in the Waukesha School District and has been principal in Glendale, Pewaukee and South Milwaukee. She received a bachelor's degree and certifications to teach grades one through eight and kindergarten through 12th-grade students with cognitive disabilities. She received her master's degree with licenses as principal and director of instruction.

Brendan McCarthy

McCarthy said he has met with many parents as they have visited the school for various activities and looks forward to meeting more at Amy Belle's open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 27. He said he also plans to reach out at the school's Meet the Teacher/New Family Night on Tuesday.

"This will be my first chance to have an active audience," McCarthy said.

In preparation of the school year, he said he has been working on hiring new staff and meeting district administrators and teachers.

"There is a large learning curve at any new school and mountains of information to weed through," he said. "I see the first year as a fact finding mission and feel it is very important to be a top-notch listener while getting to know the children, staff, parents (and) residents of Germantown."

He said he plans to be involved in "almost everything" at the school and expects new ideas and programs to develop, but he does not intend to start making changes for the sake of change.

McCarthy of Cedarburg headed the math department for the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District, taught seventh- and eighth-grade math and algebra and was vice principal at Maple Dale and principal at Indian Hill. He received a public relations degree with a minor in math and political science and a teaching degree. He received a master's degree in leadership.

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