Kristene Stariha is a first-year principal of Cooper Elementary School in Superior, Wisconsin.
Kristene has a diverse work experience within the educational system. Before working as the Principal at Cooper Elementary, Kristene worked at Piedmont Elementary School in Duluth, MN. While working at Piedmont, Kristene taught first grade, third grade, and finally transitioned to the Dean of Students. Her professional interests include Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS), Teacher Evaluations and Classroom Walk-throughs, Restorative Practices, Relationship Approaches, and Differentiated Instructional Practices.
Kristene graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education. She continued her education at the College of St. Scholastica and received her Master’s Degree in Literacy Instruction, before continuing her additional Master’s Degree through the University of Minnesota Moorhead to obtain her licensure in Administration.
Jenna Amundson currently works as a first-grade teacher for the Duluth Public School District in Duluth, Minnesota.
Jenna is a driven leader within the education system. She has been an active member in her school’s Continuous Improvement Team and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports team. In addition to this, Jenna also serves as her district’s first-grade representative for both ELA and Math curriculum and ELA Standards Review Committees. During her own education, Jenna wrote her thesis on the impact of restorative practices on building relationships within elementary classrooms and its effects on academics. Outside of her direct education practices, Jenna is a self-proclaimed Eleanor Roosevelt-buff, and has spent time teaching leadership skills to young girls from around the world through Eleanor Roosevelt’s life, legacy, and humanitarianism. She uses these same experiences in the classroom to share the ideology of leadership with her students.
Jenna graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Education. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Education from the College of St. Scholastica.
From the lens and experience of a teacher, former dean of students, and principal: learn WHY building positive relationships with your students need to come first, HOW to incorporate community building into your everyday elementary setting, and the effects a positive school culture will have on student behavior. YOU will leave with a guide on how to incorporate relationship building into your school or classroom based on your own capacity, and resources to help you determine how your students need you most.