Wauwatosa Public Schools adds UWM alumni to leadership team

From left: Stacy Klemm (MS, Exceptional Education, 2002) and Emilie O’Connor (MSW, Social Work, 2008). Images: Klemm portrait from fallsschools.org ; O’Connor portrait from twitter.com ; logo from wauwatosa.k12.wi.us ; background image from twitter.com .

Klemm has more than 22 years of experience working with students. She excelled in roles such as Occupational Therapist, Assistive Technology Coordinator and Districtwide Program Support Teacher.

Originally appeared May 9 on wauwatosa.k12.wi.us .

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Klemm currently serves as the Director of Pupil Services in the School District of Menomonee Falls. She has been recognized for establishing priorities for improving student achievement, coaching teachers through the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) process, assist in the development of transition services with students with disabilities and coordinate and oversee childfind activities to identify children who may be in need of special education services.

Klemm favors the development and implementation of proactive procedures over reactive, responsive plans, and she believes in promoting and facilitating student success, independence and achievement through preparation.

Klemm received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and Masters of Science – Exceptional Education in Assistive Technology degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also earned a Cross Categorical Teaching Certification 1801 MC-EA and Director of Pupil Services and Special Education License from Cardinal Stritch University.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve this district, the community, families, and our young scholars as the next Director of Special Education in the Wauwatosa School District,” Klemm said. “In collaboration with staff and families, we will strive to have every student successfully reach their goals and life dreams.”

O’Connor brings more than 18 years of relevant experience to the Wauwatosa School District.

She has served in a variety of student support roles throughout her career. She served students in the Wauwatosa School District from 2008 to 2013 as a social worker and PBIS coach, and then served as a Program Support Coordinator in the Hamilton School District.

Most recently, she served as a technical assistance coordinator at the Wisconsin Response to Intervention (RTI) Center. She has participated in and provided a variety of professional training specific to building culturally responsive systems, restorative practices, social emotional learning, and crisis interventions.

O’Connor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Illinois Wesleyan University, as well as a Master of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also received a K-12 School Social Worker License from the Department of Public Instruction.

“I am deeply honored to return to the Wauwatosa School District,” O’Connor said. “I look forward to collaborating with the dedicated staff to continue creating safe and supportive learning environments and systems of support for all learners.”

UWM undergrad alum Gwendolyn Husslein (BBA, Accounting and BBA, Finance) is the new director of finance within the Wauwatosa Public Schools Division of Operations and Finance. “I feel lucky to have been chosen to work with (Superintendent Demond) Means and the full administrative team, along with the Wauwatosa school district staff and Wauwatosa community,” Husslein said. “I’m excited to put my experience and collaborative nature to work with the team and ensure best financial practices.” Image from fallsschools.org

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