Submitted by Quynh Trueblood, Superintendent of Schools
The Kohler School Board appointed and seated Zach Pethan on April 23, 2018. Mr. Pethan fills the board vacancy until the April 2019 election. Mr. Pethan’s career began as a teacher of Spanish to children and adults for six years in Arizona, Honduras, Cleveland, and Manitowoc. He has served as assistant principal for two years in Milwaukee and Sheboygan, and is presently the principal of Jefferson Elementary School in Sheboygan. Mr. Pethan’s professional accomplishments center on growth and learning for all students. To him, all means every child. He is member of the Kohler Athletic League, former deacon of Zion Evangelical Church Consistory, board member of the DeLand Receiving House, and former coordinator of Love INC Church Ministry.
Mr. Pethan’s journey in Kohler began in the junior kindergarten – where he met his wife. He is a Kohler graduate who journeyed on for a number of years to attend university and work outside the state and country. He was drawn back to Kohler to raise his two children, knowing from experience the Kohler School system and the Kohler community. When asked what was the most valuable thing he learned at Kohler Schools, he stated, “The value of hard-work and commitment to my community.”
The Pethan family motto is “Never give up.” To Mr. Pethan, it’s vitally important to a child’s well-being to take risks and make mistakes in a supportive environment focused on learning from those mistakes. Ultimately, he wants his children to be kind, humble, and try their best. To that end, in his role on the board, Mr. Pethan is excited to help students who are struggling with academics and the balance of living a healthy life. He is champion of the underdog. Even though Kohler is consistently one of the top performing schools in the state, he is excited to see how Kohler Schools reaches all students.
He highlights three priorities as board member. The first priority is equipping teachers and administrators with tools to be successful. The second priority is ensuring struggling students have the resources to learn in a safe and accepting environment. The third priority is seeing to it that students can utilize their talents in the community and contribute outside of the school in a meaningful way that will make a difference not only in their own lives but also the lives of others.