Melissa Chrisman will move into a new principal role in Neenah at Hoover Elementary after spending the past two years at Roosevelt Elementary and Alliance Charter Schools.
Chrisman replaces Debbie Wedding, who has opted to return to the classroom and will teach fourth grade at Taft Elementary in the fall.
“I will miss the students, families and staff at Roosevelt and Alliance,” Chrisman said. “It’s such a small, tight-knit building on the island with a hardworking and dedicated staff. Hoover presents a tremendous professional opportunity for me and I am really looking forward to what we can accomplish over the next several years.”
Among her initiatives at Roosevelt and Alliance, Chrisman began a “Read 20” program where students wear t-shirts and focus on reading on the 20th day of each month. She also started an interest fair, allowing students to research and present on a favorite topic and a pancake and math night that brought families from both schools together. Chrisman helped improve the Alliance enrollment process by developing a website and organizing family tours.
Chrisman came to Neenah in 2014 after a 15-year teaching veteran at various elementary levels in the Howard-Suamico School District. She taught fifth grade at Lineville Intermediate School during her final year after teaching third and fourth grade at Bay Harbor Elementary School from 2008-13. She also taught second and third grade at Suamico Elementary School from 1999-2008.
Chrisman earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in elementary education and special education at the University of Green-Bay. She has a Master’s Degree in technology in education from Lesley University (Mass.). Chrisman will start at Hoover on July 1.