Stephanie Lemmer


Stephanie is currently in her 20th year of education, and she is the superintendent of Pennfield Schools in Battle Creek. Her teaching career started in the Slovak Republic, she then moved to the Chicago Public Schools, and later the Kalamazoo Public Schools.  She became a literacy consultant for the Kalamazoo RESA, and started her administration career in the Comstock Public Schools as an elementary principal. From there, she served as superintendent of Centreville Public Schools before moving into her current role in Pennfield.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a Master’s degree from National Louis University in Chicago, Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Michigan, and is a current doctoral candidate with the University of Michigan.

Professionally, she is active with MASA Region 7 and has served in a number of roles. Stephanie is also actively involved in a variety of community organizations, and is a fierce advocate for early child literacy and the community engagement needed to support our earliest learners.  Stephanie currently resides in Battle Creek with her family.

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Day 2
January 19, 2023
10:30 am

Using Our "Why" to Improve School Culture

19 January
Time:  10:30 am - 11:45 am
Location:  Glens II (Lower Level)

Looking for a low-cost solution to provide regular staff recognition that has an instant impact on staff morale and district culture? Want to spread kindness and positivity with all staff members engaged?

This session will walk participants through how to engage their staff in defining their collective why and build a robust system for peer recognition around the exercise. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about three leaders' implementation of Golden Circle Awards and the positive impact it has had on staff morale and employees' sense of mission in our field. Participants will walk away with tools, resources, and a blueprint for success.

Day 1
January 18, 2023
3:00 pm

It Takes a Village: Creating a Culture of How WE Care About Student Engagement

Glens I (lower Level) 80
18 January
Time:  3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Location:  Glens I (lower Level) 80

This session will give you an introduction to understand how you could use a framework to to engage building level administrators to improve their leadership and engagement at the building level, or teacher level, to improve engagement and instructional strategies in your district. Participants will leave with practical examples, evidenced based instructional practices, and resources about how to efficiently and practically increase our students sense of belonging and ownership for their own learning.

This session is rooted in the research of Fisher, Frey & Hattie; Pink; Tough; and Stuart.Areas of Focus: Student and staff wellness, School climate, Innovation in teaching & learning, Resiliency and effective self-care strategies.
1. An introduction to the Engagement Framework.
2. An understanding of how two Superintendents have implemented the Engagement Framework in their districts.
3. Insight into how the framework applies to students, teachers, support staff, leadership, and the Board of Education.

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