BELOIT - Two new top administrative posts have been filled at the School District of Beloit, that of Executive Director of Business, Human Resources and Operations JoAnn Armstrong and Executive Director of School Leadership and Equity Peggy Muehlenkamp.
Muehlenkamp will oversee principal supervision, including all areas of teaching and learning for students and staff.
"She shares our values, our focus on student learning and places strong emphasis on providing challenging and rigorous instruction programs that engage students in real-world problem solving. She has shown herself to be a conscientious leader throughout her career and has a proven track record," said Superintendent Stanley Munro.
Muehlenkamp joins the district from Janesville where she served as Assistant Director of Professional Development and led the implementation of a professional growth salary structure. She was instrumental in the development of the Janesville Early Literacy Task Force and is passionate about further early literacy in Rock County. Prior to Janesville, she was the director of assessment and professional development for the School District of Beloit, and earlier in her career she served as a reading specialist, literacy coach and Title 1/P-5 teacher, also within the School District of Beloit.
"I am honored and excited to return to Beloit," Muehlenkamp said. "Beloit staff, families and community have a sense of pride, passion for and commitment to our children. I believe that it is our collective duty to provide a safe, welcoming learning environment and equitable access to opportunities so that every student will succeed and achieve at high levels.
This means holding ourselves accountable to the goals set forth by Superintendent Munro and the Board of Education. I am committed to working together to ensure that Beloit graduates are future ready, empowered with effective communication, critical thinking and life skills which enable them to be productive global citizens."
Armstrong will oversee all the district's business arenas including outsourced partners for transportation services, food service, technology services and custodial and maintenance services. She will work with the board and superintendent through strategic planning, comprehensive needs analysis and maximizing all resources available in the district.
Armstrong has served as the Director of Finance with the School District of Beloit for the past three years after serving a year in the Rockford Public School District as the allocations manager. Prior to her time in Rockford, she served as the accounting coordinator for the Beloit School District. Prior to her work in Beloit and Rockford, she had 13 years serving in Illinois public school human resources and finance offices and nine years in human resources with various federal agencies.
"Business, human resources and operations are critical components of any organization. The School District of Beloit will benefit from having Ms. Armstrong's depth of experience as we streamline our resources to ensure that we are fiscally responsible and efficient in our service to children and the community," Munro said.
"The commitment of the school district staff and the Beloit community is inspiring. Evening during times of challenge, we rise together to overcome them. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my work in Beloit in my new role," Armstrong said.