School District of Menomonee Falls Superintendent Dr. Pat Greco Earns the 2018 Honor
The Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Pat Greco as Wisconsin’s 2018 Superintendent of the Year.
Greco has served for the last seven years as the Superintendent for the School District of Menomonee Falls, a high-performing 4K-12 district serving approximately 4,000 students in the northeast corner of Waukesha County. Her vision for public education has resulted in the development of evidence-based leadership, continuous improvement at all levels and tremendous growth in student success that prepares them for a profoundly different future.
With Dr. Greco’s leadership and commitment to continuous improvement, the School District of Menomonee Falls has won a Journal Sentinel Top Workplace award three years in a row, Menomonee Falls High School is a silver-rank school by U.S. News & World report and students are achieving at record levels with 130 Advance Placement Scholars, $2.3 million in scholarships earned and 4 WIAA Sportsmanship Awards in three years.
Her connection and commitment to the community shines through all of her work, making a concerted effort to pull all community stakeholders into a collective impact that moves Menomonee Falls, as a village, forward. She serves on the Froedtert Community Memorial Hospital Board, Chamber of Commerce’s CEO Roundtable, and Optimist Club. She is co-facilitating the Menomonee Falls Collective Impact team with Chief Anna Ruzinski.
In the nomination for Superintendent of the Year, School Board President Faith VanderHorst had this to say about Dr. Greco:
“Pat has navigated our district through difficult and challenging times during her 6 year tenure-both legislatively and financially. In that time, she has been unwavering in her support of each student, teacher, administrator, parent, taxpayer, business partner and school board member,” she said. “She has effectively created the only sustained culture we have seen to leverage data and make it actionable to improve student outcomes while constantly changing the way we approach education. The most amazing aspect is the way she has ‘brought everyone along on the journey,’ making it a combined effort where everyone has felt to be a contributor and important component to our overall success.”
From Dr. Greco’s perspective, this work and in part this award is due to the collective work of the entire system; from administrative assistants to reading interventionists to facilities grounds crew each person knows their role is important in bringing innovative change to the system with a focus on improvement for students.
“I am honored to accept the recognition on behalf of our entire team,” Dr. Greco said. “Our work is clearly a team effort. We together have earned the Spotlight Recognition from Carnegie Foundation and this recognition. We are doing work that is ground breaking. We are leading the understanding of improvement and what it means to applying it across an entire system. We are fundamentally a different organization than we were and we will continue to focus on getting better.”
Dr. Greco started her educational career in the Kewaskum School District as a special education teacher and has worked in various levels of education across many districts in southeastern Wisconsin. Fortuitously enough, Dr. Greco’s first principal role was as Ben Franklin Elementary’s principal during the 1980s, Menomonee Falls’ largest elementary school.
She received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995 and has been recognized as an instructional leader and advocate for student learning at the state and national level. An innovative leader nationally, she is a member of the Education Research and Development Institute, Baldrige Board of Overseers, Studer Education Advisory Board, serves with AASA as a national superintendent mentor, and a case study partner with the Carnegie Foundation with a focus on Improvement Science Research. Pat’s work has been nationally and internationally published. Pat was recognized as Educator of the Year by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, by State and National PTA for Elementary School of the Year as an elementary principal, and received the Educational Influence Award from Wisconsin ASCD for her advocacy for children and strong public policy. Pat has dedicated her professional service to organizations committed to impacting strong learning outcomes for both students and educators.
Greco resides in Menomonee Falls with her husband Joe their three dogs. They are proud parents of four adult daughters.