A Message from the Principal
July, 2017Hello Wilson Elementary School Families and StaffI am humbled and honored to be the new Principal at Wilson Elementary School! Following the legacy of the leaders before me, Pam Zaklan and Gerry Flock, I hope to uphold the high standards and sense of community you have all worked hard to establish.
My roots are on the south side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I grew up the son of Doug and Mary, a mechanic and homemaker-turned-school secretary. While my mom had dreams of attending college, they stalled after only a few classes. My dad struggled to make it through his sophomore year of high school, eventually dropping out. Despite that, neither ever said a disparaging word about school, always encouraging me to work hard…or to work hard-ER.
The promise of high school athletics kept me sharp and focused on my schoolwork while I played football, wrestled, and weightlifted. After two years of college football and track, my organized athletic pursuits were sidelined. Instead, I turned to long distance running and biking for my physical activities of choice—and now I’m a Boston Marathon Finisher! Whether a run, bike, or lift, to this day, I am working out daily.
At the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse, I attained my degree in mathematics education and met my wife, Laura. After college and a two-year teaching and coaching stint in the rural town of Bangor, we moved to Burlington, in the southeastern part of Wisconsin. We started our life together—bought a house, got married, and were blessed with identical twin boys in 2007. Then in 2008, after my first 7 years as a teacher and coach, we followed our dream to live in the West and moved our family to Medford to adventure together in the Rogue Valley.
Now, I’ve spent nine years in Medford schools: two years as a teacher and coach at South Medford High School, four years as Dean of Students at Hedrick Middle School, and three years as Assistant Principal at North Medford High School. I’ve learned about and gained an appreciation for the culture of Southern Oregon and the families in Medford, and I am proud to call myself one of them with my own sons attending Medford schools.
Wilson has a strong tradition of family involvement and a passionate and capable staff. My goal for Wilson is to continue that tradition and partnership to help students thrive academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. I believe that strong relationships, rigorous curriculum, and parent partnerships are key to student achievement.
If you are available, please plan to meet me, in person, on one of these days in the Gym at Wilson.
· Thursday, July 27th, at 6 p.m.
· Tuesday, August 22nd, at 6 p.m.
I cannot wait to meet you all and begin my tenure as your Principal! I look forward to our work together to help your students grow into the young men and women you hope they will be.
Aaron Luksich, Principal