My name is Tom Burkhalter and I am so excited to be your new principal at Rexford-Longfellow Elementary. After serving the last year as the Associate Principal at Clintonville Middle School, I had the opportunity to witness the great things happening here from across town. I am a lifelong learner who asks many questions in order to gain understanding. I intend to work with students, staff and the community in order to give the children of Clintonville a top flight education. Two of my main focuses will be on building safety and mental health as we continue to focus on the needs of whole child.
Personally, I am a graduate of Royall High School in Elroy, WI and was a two sport athlete in both football and basketball. My undergraduate studies were at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. I received my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI.
I am a proud father of two children, Will (4) and Owen (2) and have been married to my beautiful wife, Kim for seven years. As a family we love the outdoors and sports. I am also entering my first year as the Head Football Coach here at Clintonville. I am excited about the season and would encourage you to come out and support your Truckers!
I hope that by opening communication lines and collaborating with the outstanding educators within the district, we can provide your child with an education that you can be proud of.
Rexford/Longfellow Elementary Principal
Dear Clintonville Elementary Families & Communities,
It is with great excitement that I introduce myself as your Rexford-Longfellow Elementary Associate Principal. I am eager to work alongside the community to provide a safe and caring learning environment for each child. Over twenty years ago, I started my journey as an advocate for children. My experiences as an elementary teacher and building leader aided in the development of my strong moral principles. I am committed to serving the Clintonville Elementary communities, focusing on supportive relationships, safety and high student achievement.
My childhood was spent growing up on the farm my parents started, which is now a third-generation farm in Clark County. I thoroughly enjoyed the learning experiences, athletic opportunities and community of Loyal, Wisconsin, where I graduated high school in 1995. After high school, I attended UW-Eau Claire, where I received my Early Childhood: Special Education teaching degree. While attending UW-Eau Claire, I was the President of the Wisconsin Student Council for Exceptional Children and received two Outstanding Achievement on Campus awards. Then, I accepted my first job with the Green Bay Area Public School District as a program diagnostician within the special education department. My special education teaching experience also includes working within the Freedom Area School District as their Early Childhood: Special Education Teacher. Through that position, I learned the power of relationships. I just recently lost a student of 16 years from that district who I had worked with closely. She had an impact on everyone’s life that she came in contact with and will leave a lasting impact on me. RIP Andrea...and now run!
While spending time home as a new mother, I worked towards my elementary teaching license at UW-Oshkosh, where I received the Recognition of Excellence Award. Shortly after obtaining my new licensure, I accepted a 2nd grade position at Greenville Elementary School, which is located within the Hortonville Area School District. After several years teaching 2nd grade, I transferred to a 5th grade teaching position at Greenville Middle School. In recent years, I earned a Master’s Degree from Marian University, obtaining both my Principal and Director of Instruction licensures. Prior to accepting this Associate Principal position, I was the acting principal while administration was away from their buildings on the Greenville campus. I am where I am today because of the leadership and mentoring within the Hortonville Area School District. #forevergrateful
My passion is empowering others to succeed and lead. My advocacy towards student-led environments, where students have ownership of their learning, has been unwavering. I recently led a workshop at the iNACOL Symposium in Nashville, inspiring educators throughout the United States to take the next steps to becoming student-led. I’m grateful to also be a contributor to the 2018 ISTE book Nurturing Young Innovators: Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom, Home and Community. In addition to the importance of empowerment, I believe creating a foundation that enables high levels of learning is accomplished when adults are aware and responsive to the social-emotional needs of the students. Once children feel safe and loved, the possibilities are endless!
Above all else, I am a devoted wife and mother. My husband, Bryan, and I will celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary this summer. We have three children, ages 13, 11 and 8, who keep us busy with after school activities in Greenville. If we’re not at sporting events, you’ll find us either at our hunting land in Clintonville or our cottage on Lake Poygan. In my spare time I love to read and relax by the water.
I am overjoyed to be joining the Clintonville Public School District. The community, school board, staff and administration have shared with me how proud they are and I’m impressed by the community’s and school district’s dedication to the students. I feel I’ve found a new “home” and can’t wait for the continued progress we’ll make together over the years.
Dedicated to you,
Peg Mischler Rexford-Longfellow Associate Principal