WELCOME to the 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR
PALMYRA-EAGLE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
Greetings from Dr. Bloom
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to the start of what will prove to be a phenomenal new school year in the Palmyra-Eagle Area School District. There is reason for both hope and optimism as the 2014 – 2015 school year unfolds and I, for one, am thrilled and honored to share in the positive energy and momentum that has begun to take root and flourish in our schools and larger district community.
With your permission, I would like to take some time to tell you all a little about myself so that when I have the pleasure of meeting and working with you on behalf of our students you will have a sense for the type of person that I am.
I am blessed to have two sets of twins. My sons, Chris and Zach are 24 and one half years old. They are both out on their own and began working recently in their chosen professions. Chris was “badged” in May and is an officer-in-training in the City of Waukesha Police Department. Zach teaches science in the Parkview School District at their middle school/high school having completed his first year last school year.
My twin daughters, ages fifteen and one half, will be sophomores at Milton High School. They are both active in various extra-curricular and athletic activities and are taking full advantage of what the high school years have to offer. Last year, Ketti was one of three freshmen to make the pom squad and is looking forward to her second year of poms this coming school year. Maggie played point guard on the freshman basketball team and also enjoyed performing in the Rising Stars chorolation group. This coming school year they both will be on the poms squad. Like you, I attend as many of their performances as I can and will balance attendance at both Milton and Palmyra-Eagle events as is possible.
Professionally, I have been a classroom teacher, program coordinator, principal, director of instruction and district administrator. I have also served as an adjunct faculty member and assistant professor at National-Louis University. Additionally, I have done adjunct teaching for Aurora University-George Williams College. My undergraduate work was completed at Beloit College and I possess both a Bachelor’s and Master of Arts in Teaching degree from that institution. I completed my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and doctorate in Curriculum and Supervision from Northern Illinois University.
I am an avid reader – both professionally and personally and typically have three “reads” going at the same time. Also, in my leisure time I enjoy yard work, restoring antique furniture and kayaking. My favorite television shows are “Castle,” and “The Big Bang Theory.” In addition to supporting our Palmyra-Eagle Panthers, I am a huge Green Bay Packer fan. I root for the Wisconsin Badgers I am looking forward to football season beginning soon!
As I have begun my new role as superintendent of the Palmyra-Eagle Area School District I have repeatedly heard how wonderful our students are and how very much staff members enjoy working in the district and that parents are dedicated and loyal to our schools. While there are challenges ahead of us I know that they are not insurmountable and collectively we will move our district forward into a preferred future. It is with great anticipation that I welcome everyone to the 2014-2015 school year and wish everyone well as we start the year in partnership to ensure students excel with intellect and virtue, inspired by innovative educators who engage and challenge each individual.