Dr. Dassow ready at helm of Plymouth schools


Carrie Dassow, superintendent of the Plymouth School District, poses in her office with a picture given to her by her parents when she became assistant superintendent. --Submitted photo Carrie Dassow, superintendent of the Plymouth School District, poses in her office with a picture given to her by her parents when she became assistant superintendent. --Submitted photo Like many others in the Plymouth School District, new Superintendent Carrie Dassow is looking forward to the start of classes next week.

“I am very excited for the start of a new school year and the focus on educational excellence for all students,” she said.

Dr..Dassow became superintendent on July 1 upon the retirement of Clark Reinke, who served as superintendent for 13 years.

She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin Whitewater, her master’s degree from Marian university and her doctorate from Marian University. She taught at Riverview Middle School from 1986 to 1992, was principal of Horizon Elementary School from 1992 to 2002, and was assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction from 2002 to 2013.

Dassow wholeheartedly supports the district mission: “To encourage everyone to be their personal best through successful learning experiences.”

“All who enter our doors should immediately know that they will be embraced as a learner,” she said. “It is our goal that all interactions and activities are engaging and focus around human learning and discovery.”

Dassow is also excited about bringing the community and school closer together. “One thing I have learned in my 28 years as an educator is that schools cannot function in a vacuum. It is important to work together to develop stronger schools and communities. This is done through partnerships and learning from each other.”

Dassow plans to continue the district’s emphasis on professional development of teachers and staff. The district new teacher orientation is a model program, as is the technology academy hosted by the district each summer.

“One thing we do know about teaching and learning is that the most significant influence in the academic development of a child is the teacher in the classroom,” she said. “Even when class sizes are reduced, the quality of the teacher still outweighs any other factor in the success of the students.”

One of Dassow’s first priorities is to develop three-year strategic plans to support each of the district’s Pillars of Excellence: Academic Excellence, Community Engagement, Extracurricular Involvement and Financial Responsibility.

“The Plymouth School District is committed to learning, growing, and serving the Plymouth Community. Our goal is to provide all students the skills needed to improve themselves and positively impact society,” she said.

Dassow hopes to connect on a personal level with students, parents, faculty, staff and community members, and encourages people to contact her with questions, issues and ideas. She can be reached at 892-2661 or cjdassow@plymouth. k12.wi.us.


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