It is with great excitement that the School District of Menomonee Falls announces that Carlene Hansen has been selected as the principal at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. Ms. Hansen has served as interim principal at Ben Franklin since November and through her strong leadership has developed deep partnerships among school staff and students. Ben Franklin has thrived under her leadership.
“The interview team, consisting of SDMF administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, and board members, was impressed by Ms. Hansen’s ability to speak deeply about high-quality instruction in the classroom and her clear plans for the months ahead at Ben Franklin Elementary,” said Corey Golla, Superintendent of Schools. “She has taught and now led in our improvement framework and understands it as well as anyone. It was clear to current Ben Franklin staff, elementary principals, and our leadership team that she has had a noticeable impact on the improvement efforts at Ben Franklin in a very short time,” Golla said.
“Carlene is an exceptional instructional leader who has forged deep connections with students, families, and staff throughout her career,” Golla said. “I could not be more proud to add her to our leadership team; she is a difference maker. As a teacher, she was always a student, family, and staff favorite. That said, she consistently leverages those relationships to maximize results for kids.”
Ms. Hansen comes to the Benjamin Franklin Elementary community as an experienced leader from Valley View Elementary where she taught fourth grade and served as the Elementary Language Arts Curricular Chair from 2004 until she retired in 2017.
Ms. Hansen earned her master’s degree in administrative leadership from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and also a Bachelor of Science in elementary education, with a minor in special education, from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse.
Since 2007, Ms. Hansen has served as a mentor for both the National Board Certification candidates and School District of Menomonee Falls Teacher Mentoring programs. From 2012-2015, Ms. Hansen was an instructor with Mount Mary University and Alverno College, where she also served on the Educator Advisory Council for the UEF Program for teacher leadership, curriculum and assessment and integrating social studies. Hansen was also an instructor for Teach for America at Alverno College. Ms. Hansen also served as an instructor with the Wisconsin Education Innovations course for the National Board Certification.
Highlights of Ms. Hansen’s educational leadership include being selected as the SDMF Employee of the Year in 2015. In 2010, she received the Superintendent’s Advocacy Award. In 2003, Ms. Hansen was awarded a Kohl Fellowship Award. She also participated in the Superintendent’s Teacher Academy in 1997, and in 1986 was named the Mukwonago Elementary Teacher of the Year.