Submitted by Quynh Trueblood, Superintendent
Nick DeBaker has joined the Kohler school family as principal of the middle school and high school. DeBaker is a 12-year experienced educator. Before becoming a high school social studies teacher he was a machinist for 5 years. He was promoted into an administrative role as an assistant principal at Gilmore Middle School in Racine for two years. He expanded his administrative experience for four more years as an academy principal at Case High School in Racine. DeBaker’s core work includes school-wide assessment, development of the business and culinary arts academies, and instructional performance.
The selection process involved broad stakeholder engagement focused on candidates who best demonstrated 9 essential characteristics of a school leader. Superintendent Quynh Trueblood stated, “Nick DeBaker came up on top for his leadership, decisiveness, initiative, judgment, management control, flexibility, planning and organization, problem analysis, and sensitivity.”
DeBaker will be coming home to his family roots. He was born at St. Nicholas Hospital and attended St. Dominic’s grade school before moving to Racine at age eleven. At a public session DeBaker recalled, “Driving past the Kohler Memorial Theatre on my way to the second interview, I recalled going to the Kohler Company Christmas play my family attended every year to watch my dad dress up as an elf.” The audience laughed with warmth and ease alongside DeBaker.
DeBaker looks forward to building strong relationships with staff, students, and families and continuing the tradition of excellence Kohler Public School is widely known for. “I am very excited to be back in the Kohler community,” DeBaker said. “Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to meet and begin important work alongside some of the most passionate and dedicated educators I have ever met. I know that working together we will achieve great things. Kohler has a reputation for excellence in and out of the classroom and I can’t wait to be a part of the legacy.”
DeBaker will officially welcome students and parents of the middle and high schools on August 28 for the new student orientation and back-to-school programs.