Seven candidates will compete Tuesday in a statewide primary for the state schools superintendent post. The top two vote-getters will advance to the April 6 general election to select the new head of the state Department of Public Instruction. The current DPI chief, Carolyn Stanford Taylor, declined to seek election to a full four-year term.

Find out how and where to vote: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/

Sheila Briggs
Website: https://www.briggsforkids.com/
Past work experience highlights: Madison Metropolitan School District director of state and federal programs, elementary lead principal, principal of Schenk Elementary School and teacher at three MMSD elementary schools.
Current position: Assistant state superintendent.
Education: Ph.D in education leadership and policy analysis from UW-Madison, M.S. in educational administration from Cardinal Stritch University, B.S. in child and family services and pre-kindergarten teaching from UW-Madison.


Troy Gunderson
Website: https://www.troyforstatesup.com/
Past work experience highlights: Superintendent and high school principal at West Salem School District and superintendent of Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District.
Current position: Adjunct professor at Viterbo University.
Education: M.S. in educational administration from Winona State University, B.S. in education from the University of Minnesota.


Shandowlyon Hendricks-Williams
Website: https://www.drhendricksforeducation.com/
Past work experience highlights: Assistant director at DPI, founder and CEO of Project Hope, regional director at Catapult Learning, district administrator at Urban Day School and administrator and special education teacher at Milwaukee Public Schools.
Most recent position: Director of Gov. Tony Evers’ Milwaukee office.
Education: Ed.D in educational leadership from National Louis University, M.Ed in special education and teaching from Cardinal Stritch University, B.S. in human services from Springfield College, A.A.S. in human services from Milwaukee Area Technical College.


Joe Fenrick
Website: https://fenrickforeducation.com/
Current positions: Science teacher at Fond du Lac High School, geology lecturer at UW- Oshkosh Fond du Lac campus and member of Fond du Lac County Board of Supervisors.
Education: B.S. in education from UW Oshkosh.

 


Deborah Kerr
Website: https://kerr4kids.com/
Past work experience highlights: Co-chair of the UW System Task Force, adjunct professor at local universities, athletic director, physical education teacher, middle school principal, assistant principal, founding member of Women Leading Wisconsin, founding member of the Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium and president of North Shore Rotary Club.
Most recent position: Superintendent of Brown Deer School District.
Education: Ed.D in educational leadership from National Louis University, M.A. in educational leadership and administration from University of Alaska Fairbanks.


Steve Krull
Website: https://www.krullforschools.com/
Past work experience highlights: Assistant principal, school support teacher and regular teacher at Milwaukee Public Schools Garland Elementary, training manager and instructor in the U.S. Air Force.
Current position: Principal of MPS Garland Elementary.
Education: Ph.D in philosophy from UW-Milwaukee, M.A. in teaching from Cardinal Stritch, BA in human services from Wayland Baptist University.


Jill Underly
Website: https://underlyforwi.com/
Past work experience highlights: Assistant director and educational assistant at DPI, senior student services director and advising dean at UW-Madison, teacher at two Indiana high schools and elementary school principal at Pecatonica School District.
Current position: Superintendent of Pecatonica School District.
Education: Ph.D in philosophy, educational leadership and policy analysis from UW-Madison, M.S. in educational leadership and administration from UW-Madison, M.S. in secondary education and teaching from Purdue University, B.A. in history and sociology from Indiana University in Bloomington.

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