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Meet Jennie Katrichis, New School Psychologist at Central, Tonawanda

After 17 years at MPS, including the last five working with special needs students, Katrichis is excited about joining Elmbrook's "wonderful community." She's a Sunday School teacher and sports fan.

About 30 new teachers, plus new administrators and other staff, are joining the Elmbrook School District this year, and Brookfield Patch is introducing some to the community as the 2012-13 school year gets underway.

You can read their stories here.

Today, we feature Jennie Katrichis, a new school psychologist at Brookfield Central High School and and part of the district administrative team.

Administrative assignment: I am very fortunate to be serving the students, families and staffs at Brookfield Central High School and Tonawanda Elementary School as their new school psychologist.

Hometown, current community: I was born in Milwaukee but was raised in Whitewater. Over the last 17 years, I have lived in Milwaukee, but moved to Brookfield this summer. I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful community!

Education, experience: I completed my undergraduate and graduate work at UW-Whitewater. I was hired by Milwaukee Public Schools upon graduation, and had the privilege of working there for the last 17 years. While in MPS, I worked primarily with students at the K-8 level, and was afforded many diverse and rewarding experiences. Over the last 5 years, however, I was able to focus a great deal on inclusion and positive behavioral supports while working with children with a variety of special education needs including autism spectrum disorders and significant health and physical needs.

Why did you choose Elmbrook? The Elmbrook School District has always been highly regarded not only for their commitment to academic excellence, but also for developing the whole child. I was fortunate to have my children accepted into the district through the Open Enrollment program. As a parent and educator, I couldn’t have been more impressed! I also couldn’t help but want to be a part of this amazing school district that was full of such highly dedicated, professional and caring staff members, too!

Hobbies: I love attending my children’s activities and spending time with family! I am also a Sunday School teacher at our church, and enjoy working outside/gardening, cooking, and watching a great movie. I also love watching and cheering for all Wisconsin sports teams, especially the Brewers and Packers.

Favorite vacation: My favorite vacations are with my family anywhere warm and by water!

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