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Community partnerships are critical to our public schools, so we look forward to welcoming 113 Principal Partners to our schools through A Principal Experience on Tuesday, October 8. This event provides a unique opportunity for community leaders to experience the rewards as well as the challenges our principals, teachers and students face on a daily basis.

There will be 5 people serving as the Principal Partners at West this year: Steven Cairns, BMO Private Bank; Joel Johnson, BMO Harris Bank; Karalyn Kratowicz, City of Madison; Austin Lynch, Geneva Campus Church; and Willem Marais, Geneva Campus Church

A Principal Experience is a proven way for leaders in education and the greater community to share ideas, resources and a sense of responsibility for our public schools. By providing a first-hand perspective on the decisions and responsibilities principals face daily, Principal Partners are inspired to take a greater interest in public education. At the same time, A Principal Experience provides Madison Metropolitan School District principals and staff an opportunity to create meaningful relationships with individuals in the private sector.

To learn more about A Principal Experience and who is participating this year, please visit