Hello West Middleton Families!!
I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself and let you all know how excited I am to be joining the West Middleton family. My name is Katrina Krych and I bet your first question is, “How do you pronounce Krych?” My last name is pronounced “Creek,” just like a creek outside. It looks nothing like “Creek” and I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone pronounce it correctly without being told how to say it. I live on the east side of Madison and am married with three kids who will be going into 1st, 3rd and 5th grades.
I have spent the last 14 years with the Sun Prairie Area School District in a variety of roles, with the most recent being the Associate Principal of Creekside Elementary. I have been a School Social Worker, District AODA Coordinator and Student Services Program Manager. Prior to working in the education field, I worked for several non-profit agencies engaged in anti-violence and advocacy work. Both of my parents were educators. My father was a high school special education teacher for 35 years and my mother was an elementary school teacher and reading specialist. Education is in my blood.
I fully embrace the philosophy of teaching the whole child and strongly believe it is our job to prepare our students to be happy and productive global citizens. I also believe that we are a teaching institution and that not only means teaching academics, but teaching behaviors and social emotional skills as well. It is important to me to use every opportunity I have with students as a teaching opportunity.
My official start date was July 1 and I can’t begin to tell you how impressed I am with the West Middleton staff. They are an amazing group of professionals who truly put kids first. I have had the opportunity to attend trainings with them, participate in hiring teams and meet with staff one-on-one. The main thing that shines through is their love for this school and its community and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of that.
There is a lot to learn right now and I am a sponge, soaking it all in. I am so excited to meet all of the Wolverine students and families over the next few months. I plan to send out periodic communication from the principal’s office and am in the process of determining the best way to do that. Please feel free to contact me at kkr...@mcpasd.k12.wi.us or 829-9361 with any questions, concerns or feedback. Happy August!
Principal, West Middleton Elementary