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Familar face fills principal’s role at EM Middle School

By Cara L. Dempski

ELK MOUND — Chris Hahn has been selected to serve as the new principal for the Elk Mound Middle School. He replaces Eric Wright, who earlier this year became Elk Mound’s superintendent.

Hahn taught fourth grade at Mound View Elementary for ten years before stepping up to the position of principal. He is a 2001 graduate of Pittsville High School and obtained an undergraduate degree in elementary/middle school education from UW – LaCrosse in 2005.

One of Hahn’s goals since the outset of his career was to positively impact as many students as he could. He sees working in an administrative position as the best way to reach his goal.

“I had a number of influential people in my life who worked in education,” Hahn said.

One such person was his father, who died when Chris was seven years old. The teachers who worked with his father were a great source of help for Hahn. As he got older, he said, he found he wanted to provide others with the same kind of help.

As an educator, Hahn said he’s had some good moments, and some bad moments. The best moments, he said, have been seeing a child grasp a concept or complete a new task independently for the first time. He described the people of Elk Mound as incredible and noted it was an easy choice for he and his wife to decide to raise their family there.

The moments that have been hard for Hahn have been saying goodbye to his class at the end of each year.

“As an elementary teacher, you are with your class nearly the entire day, all year long. It is always hard to let them go after those relationships have become so strong,” Hahn said.

Hahn completed his education to become a school administrator in two years. After completing a master’s degree in educational leadership from St. Mary’s University in 2011, Hahn went on to earn an administrative degree from Silver Lake College in 2014.

While working on his graduate degrees was time-consuming, Hahn did so while teaching full-time and coaching teams at both Elk Mound Middle School and High School.

He said, “I would never have been able to do that without the support of my wife, Rachel.”

Hahn notes Rachel was very supporting and understanding of the time commitment for his education, and really held things down at home. As a fellow teacher, Rachel understood the demands of the position, and Hahn says he and their son are very lucky to have her.

The goals Hahn has for the school include maintaining Elk Mound’s strong academic tradition and creating a positive environment for students. He would also like to add more technology classes to the curriculum to prepare students for 21st-century jobs.

“I’m eager for the school year to start, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve the students and community in my new position,” Hahn said.