Administration

To reach members of the Delavan-Darien School District, dial (262) 728-2642 and enter the phone extension listed when prompted.

Robert Crist, Ed.D.
ext. 4806
 Superintendent

Robert Crist was named interim superintendent in the summer of 2012.

He brings a wealth of experience to the post, having last been superintendent for Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools, a position he held from May 2007 until his retirement in June 2010.

“I am delighted to have been offered this position and will do the very best I can, relying on my education and prior experiences,” Crist said. “I really look forward to working in the district and working with staff, students, parents, community members and the school board.”

Prior to his superintendency at Wisconsin Rapids, Crist held various administrative and teaching positions in both Wisconsin and Illinois.

He was the director of human resources at Wisconsin Rapids (2006-2007) before becoming superintendent there. Crist was principal at Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa, Ill. (2003-2006); the superintendent at Wilmot Union High School in Kenosha County (1999-2003); principal at McKinley Middle School in the Kenosha Unified School System (1992-1999); principal at Port Washington High School (1990-1992); directing principal of three sub-schools within Washington Park High School of the Racine Unified School System (1988-1990); principal at Elkhorn Area Middle School (1982-1988); principal/assistant principal at Iola-Scandinavia High School (1979-1982); assistant principal at Sauk Prairie High School (1978-1979); physical/health education teacher at Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha (1970-1978); and physical education teacher at Jerstad-Aggerholm Junior High School in Racine (1969-1970).

Crist also has coaching experience and played football for the semi-pro Racine Raiders team in the late 1960s and early 1970s and at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Crist earned his educational doctorate in Educational Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 1998. His master’s degree is in School Administration and Supervision from Roosevelt University (Chicago) in 1977. Crist earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a minor in Health Education from UW-La Crosse in 1969.

Crist says he takes a student-first approach to the job of leading a school district.

“This is one business where everything that we do should be focused on the best interests of the students, their education and making the best use of fiscal resources that we can for that,” he said.
Crist is also excited about taking steps to implement the district’s new strategic plan, which he said contains “everything that I believe in.”

The plans “all revolve around the philosophy of focusing on student improvement and helping students do the best they can,” Crist said. “That has to be the main focus — everyone working together for that common goal.”

Carey Bradley
ext. 4804
Business Administrator

Carey Bradley came to Delavan-Darien as Business Administrator in 2006. Her primary responsibilities are the operation of the business office and managing support services functions for the district. She holds three degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the highest being a Master’s in Education. Bradley has worked in education for more than a decade, with most of her experience as a licensed School Business Manager. She has always enjoyed learning and finds many such opportunities in her current role. Bradley is grateful to work for an employer whose mission is to prepare children for the future.

Sara Halberg, Ed.D.
ext. 4807
Director of Pupil Services/Special Education

Sara Halberg joined the Delavan-Darien School District in the summer of 2012 as the district’s director of pupil services/special education.

She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College and a master’s degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Michigan State University. She received her bachelor’s from MSU in the same area.

Prior to joining the Delavan-Darien team of administrators, Halberg was a speech pathologist program support teacher for the Madison Metropolitan School District for 12 years. As the program support teacher, Halberg oversaw special education professional development, team building and Response to Intervention initiatives.

She also spent time working with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as the Assistant Director of Title I and School Support.

Before getting into the field of education, Halberg was the Director of Speech Language Pathology and Assistant Director of Rehabilitation at the Middleton Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

“I enjoy working in a smaller district that has a diverse student population. The Delavan-Darien community has made me feel very welcome,” Halberg said.

Halberg and her husband Rich have three children, Tim, Emily and Spencer. She enjoys boating, running, gardening and entertaining family and friends. 

Cora Rund
ext. 4812
Director of Instruction

Cora Rund came to Delavan-Darien as Director of Instruction in 2012.

She has a degree in Educational Leadership from Marian University and is completing the Specialist’s Certification Program for Superintendent’s licensure through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Rund has served as Curriculum and Staff Development Coordinator at Big Foot Area Schools (BFAS) since 2000. In that position she worked with vertical teams of pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers representing the five different union districts in the BFAS consortium. The teams developed standards-based curricula, common assessments, and units of studies. The teams also used data analysis to inform program decisions.

Other curriculum experiences for Rund include being an education consultant for CESA #2 and Fine Arts Coordinator in Manitowoc, WI. At CESA #2, Rund worked with ten districts to align the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards to district documents. In addition, as Title I administrator for thirty districts, she developed regional staff development meetings to support Title I teachers. While at Manitowoc, her responsibilities included conducting two program evaluations, coordinating the Fine Arts program and calendar, and working with local business and arts organizations to support the Visual Arts display at the Rahr-West Art Museum and the citywide music recital performance for the fine arts celebration in March.

Rund enjoys the opportunity to work with teachers in the development of curriculum and the related assessments. “The development of coherent K – 12 curricula ultimately supports increased student achievement,” she says.

As the curriculum director for the Delavan-Darien School District, Rund will lead teams to examine student data, research best practices, and align curriculum to the new Common Core State Standards, which detail what students need to know and do at each grade level in Mathematics and in English Language Arts.

“This is an exciting time in education and I look forward to working with the professional staff and administration to prepare all students to be college and career-ready.”

Outside of school work, Rund enjoys being outdoors, gardening, bird watching, and exploring regional natural areas. She also enjoys playing the piano and uses this talent as a member of the McDowell Music Club in Janesville.
Kathy Adams
ext. 4805
Administrative Assistant - Director of Special Education and Pupil Services

Kathy Adams is the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Special Education/Pupil Services for the Delavan-Darien School District. She came to the district in 2003 after working in various office positions as well as being a stay-at-home mom when her children were young. Adams is a 1980 graduate of Williams Bay High School and has lived in several locations in the U.S. and Europe, but happily moved back 1992. She loves spending time with her family, cooking, reading, hiking and biking. Adams also enjoys the contact she has with the community when taking phone calls and greeting visitors to the Administration Center.

Sheryl Anderson
ext. 4803
Administrative Assistant - Human Resources

Sheryl Anderson is the Human Resources Administrative Assistant for the Delavan-Darien School District. She came to the district in June 2005 and is the first person to hold the position, which was designed to develop and administer human resource activities for the district. Anderson is a 1988 graduate of Delavan-Darien High School. She received an Associate Degree in Accounting in 1992 and an Associate Degree in Supervisory Management in 2000 from Gateway Technical College in Elkhorn. Prior to coming to the district, she worked for Delavan’s Pentair Corporation in the Human Resource Department. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and supporting 4H. Anderson finds great satisfaction in assisting the employees of the district so that they can concentrate on making a difference for the students.

Brandon Curless
Ext. 4802
Director of Technology

Brandon Curless came to Delavan-Darien in 2012 as the district's Director of Technology. Curless oversees all district instructional technology, such as computers, iPads, printers and network components. He has a degree from UW-Whitewater and has previously worked with technology at the School District of Beloit and the Wild Rose School District. 

Peggy Fleck
ext. 4811
Library Media Coordinator

Peggy Fleck is the District Library Media Coordinator for all five schools in the district. Fleck came to the school district in 1999. Prior to that she was the Director at Aram Public Library. She started her career in the district working at both Darien and Wileman in their school libraries. She has also been a third and fourth grade teacher in the district. In 2008, she became the District Media Coordinator.

A Delavan resident, Fleck received her undergraduate degree in Education 1-8/Public Library Certification from UW-Whitewater in 1994. She completed her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Information/Technology in 2000 from UW-Whitewater. She has been very involved in the YAAYS program through Yerkes Observatory and the University of Illinois. She has received the “Teacher of the Year” award from Walmart and was the 2008 Werbel Award recipient. She believes all children deserve a strong education and that education is a lifetime experience.
Mike Heine
ext. 4813
Coordinator of School-Community Relations

Mike Heine is the Coordinator of School-Community Relations for the Delavan-Darien School District. He came to Delavan-Darien in October 2009 and is the first person to hold the position, which is designed to increase understanding of the district in the community. Heine is a 1998 graduate of Delavan-Darien High School and was a student in the district since fourth grade. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Processes/Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2002. He has worked as a professional newspaper reporter for the Delavan Enterprise, The Janesville Gazette, and The Week newspapers. He previously worked as the UW-Green Bay News and Media Relations Coordinator. Heine has found promoting educational institutions a satisfying career, and he’s happy to be promoting his home school district.

Karen Logterman
ext. 4801
Administrative Assistant - Superintendent
 
Karen Logterman is the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent for the Delavan-Darien School District. She came to the district in May 1997. Logterman is a 1976 graduate of Delavan-Darien High School. Prior to coming to the district, she worked for Delavan’s Sta-Rite Corporation for 19 years in the International Division working on documentation for shipments overseas. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and scrapbooking. She enjoys working with administrators and staff and continues to learn everyday on the job.
Barb Pawlowski
ext. 4810
ESP - Bookkeeper
 
Barb Pawlowski is an ESP-Bookkeeper for the Delavan-Darien School District, starting in November 2004. She is a 1971 graduate of Badger High School and has worked in Lake Geneva and Delavan since, gaining experience in accounting functions in a hands-on form. She is responsible for paying all invoices for the district, handling the payroll for the approximately 375 employees of the district, as well as various bookkeeping and payroll functions. She is also involved in continuing education on the software program used in the district and is available to assist any employee with the use of the software system. Much of her free time is devoted to her church from singing in choir and Praise Band to serving on various committees of the church. She has made her home in Delavan with her husband since 2002 and is proud of being a small part of the great things taking place at the Delavan-Darien School District.
Kristin Vander Kooi
ext. 4809
Administrative Assistant - Business Services
Kristin Vander Kooi, Business Services – Administrative Assistant, has been an employee of the Delavan-Darien School District since 2011. She is a graduate of the Keller Graduate School of Business Management and UW-La Crosse. She holds an MBA degree with a concentration in Accounting. Prior to working for the District, Vander Kooi was an accounting clerk for Walworth County.
 
Vander Kooi is happy to be a part of the District, where she will, indirectly, be able to help students have a well-rounded education so they can be successful in the future. "I believe all students have a chance to be the best that they can be and take pride in working for a school district that has those same objectives." In her free time, she enjoys being with her family and friends, reading and baking.

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