By Kelsie Hoitomt
GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City Elementary School will welcome Betsy Haltinner as the new principal starting this fall.
Haltinner is not a new face to the school district as she began her career as a Hilltopper back in 2001 when she became the Teacher and Program Coordinator for the Transitional Skills Center (TSC).
The program itself started in 2000 with the goal of providing an integrated academic and vocational program for students whose needs are not met in the traditional high school. It is designed to encourage self-discipline and responsible behavior, allowing students to be able to graduate and achieve economic self-sufficiency.
In the past 12 years, Haltinner has seen 61 students graduate through the program with ten having earned their diploma through the Wisconsin GED Option 2 program.
Also in her 12 years with the school district, she has served as an elementary school counselor, middle school alternative education teacher, instructional coach and webmaster.
Prior to coming to Glenwood City, Haltinner was still busy in the education field as she taught Marketing Education at Kimberly High School, then served as a school counselor at Chippewa Falls High School and then taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
As principal, Haltinner said her focus will be to continue providing a safe enriching environment, access to quality resources and rich learning experiences created by a forward-thinking, learner-centered faculty and staff.
Haltinner emphasized her ultimate plan is to continue working towards the district’s mission of improving teaching and learning and enabling all students to achieve their high standard of performance.
“As an educator with a strong passion for improving teaching and learning, I decided to expand my education and experiences into administration. I am excited to have the opportunity to provide school leadership in a district where I have been teaching, learning and growing professionally for the past 12 years,” said Haltinner. “I hope to empower teachers to strengthen their teaching capacity and meet the ever changing demands placed on our children; change that requires students be equipped to live, learn, earn and lead within an ever-changing world.”