Sunset Ridge names new principal

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Maria Dyslin, who has been in the Madison Metropolitan School District since 1997, has been selected as the new principal at Sunset Ridge Elementary School.

"Maria will bring a wealth of knowledge and a real passion for serving all students to Sunset Ridge,'' Assistant Superintendent Sherri Cyra said.

She met briefly with the Board of Education, which approved the appointment, on Monday night. Sunset Ridge staff was told late last week.

"I am thrilled to join the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District,'' she told the Board.  "I couldn't imagine doing anything else. I love being with children. I put them before everything else. I'm very excited about the work to come.''

For the past three years, Dyslin has served as a fourth-grade teacher at Glendale Elementary. Before that, she served as a school-wide facilitator, which is similar to an assistant principal, for one year and as an instructional resource teacher (instructional coach) for seven years at the school. 

She has taught multiple elementary grades in Madison. She has led Words Their Way training in MCPASD and teaches reading classes for Concordia University.  

Dyslin has bachelor's and master's degrees from UW-Madison. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Dyslin plans to spend two days at the school in April during Madison Metropolitan's spring break. She also will attend the District's monthly leadership team meeting that same week and attend staff professional development on Friday.

"It allows us to get a head start,'' Superintendent George Mavroulis said, noting to laughs it was Dyslin's idea. "We're thrilled to have her join our team.''

Her first official day is July 1. 

She replaces Todd Mann, who is retiring after 15 years as principal at Sunset Ridge.  

The District interviewed 14 candidates for the position and brought back three for final interviews.