New leadership team comes to WMS

Experienced educators in new roles

Washington Middle School is under new leadership for the 2016-17 school year.

Principal Stephanie Landreman joined the staff in June, replacing Lou Hobyan, who retired, and Tony Logue was named the assistant principal/curriculum director last month after Lucas Cromell resigned.

“We’ll make a really good team,” Landreman said Aug. 31, the day before school opened. “Together, and with the rest of our staff, we can move mountains.”

Logue said he and Landreman had developed a synergy in just the few short weeks they’ve known each other.

“We’re both very student-centered. We’re both big on building relationships. We’re both a little bit goofy,” he said.

Landreman, previously a teacher and dean of students for the Seymour Community School District, said she was familiar with Oconto Falls because both school districts compete in the North Eastern Conference.

“It’s a beautiful area, and I could get the sense it’s a close-knit community, and that’s important to me,” she said.

Landreman said she will work toward positive change for the school’s 370 students and 40 staffers and wants the students, parents and the community to be involved.

“They’re welcome here,” she said. “We want to work together with their kids to help them succeed.”

Landreman, of Kimberly, said she views the start of the school year as an opportunity to build relationships with students and help them to succeed.

“Middle school is my passion. It’s where my heart is,” she said.

She said she loves the stages the kids go through during their middle school years.

“It’s really fun to be able to be by their side through those changes, help them navigate through and become young adults,” she said.

Logue described middle schoolers as a fun age because they want to learn.

“They’re very moldable. They listen, they watch. They’re very perceptive to everything,” he said. “They’re growing up, yet they’re still young. I really enjoy getting to know and interacting with these kids.”

After nearly 20 years as a middle school teacher at Pulaski Community Middle School, Logue said he was excited to take the step into administration. Though this is his first formal role as a school administrator, he has been involved in administrative-type duties as a teacher, especially in the area of discipline.

His duties as the curriculum director for the district are still evolving.

“Curriculum is very intriguing to me, so it will be interesting to see where this job goes,” he said.

In Pulaski, Logue primarily taught seventh- and eighth-grade students, most recently eighth-grade social studies, and previously taught reading and language arts.

Besides his work as a teacher, Logue also has experience as a middle school and high school coach. For the past three years, he has coached the varsity baseball team for the Pulaski Community School District. He has also coached varsity football, youth sports, and girls and boys middle school basketball. In order to devote time to his new role at WMS, he doesn’t plan to coach in Oconto Falls this year.

His wife, Kelly, is a physical education and health teacher at Pulaski Community Middle School. The couple lives in Suamico with their three school-aged daughters.

“A lot of my hobbies revolve around my family,” Logue said. “Our kids are involved in so many things. I really enjoy being with my family.”

One of the family’s projects is Team Teddy, a foundation Kelly Logue started that brings teddy bear-making experiences to kids who are hospitalized.

Landreman, in her free time, likes to read and spend time at the cottage with her family. She also competes in triathlons, having completed over 30 in the past eight years. She said nothing feels as good as crossing the finish line, yet she also enjoys the training.

“I like the challenge of training because there’s a mental and emotional aspect to it that challenges me in all areas to be better,” she said.