• Kari Visnaw

    The 2019-2020 school year brings my 20th year with the St. Ignace Area Schools District.  My first eight years in education were spent in the classroom as a first or second grade teacher.  I am currently working on my 12th year as an administrator in our school district.  Additional duties include my work as our St. Ignace Area Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) Preschool Administrator and also as our K-12 District Special Education Coordinator. 
    I am proud to have been born and raised here in St. Ignace.  I attended St. Ignace Area Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.  Many advancements have taken place since that time, but the benefits of a close knit community remain.  My husband and I are very happy to be raising our 13 and 11 year old children in this same community.  
    I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lake Superior State University in 2000.  I also earned minors in English Language & Literature and in Psychology.  I went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University in 2004 along with an additional Administration Certificate from Michigan State University in 2018.  
    I take full advantage of many learning opportunities beyond what my formal schooling has offered me.  I continue to attend professional development conferences and courses throughout the school year and over the summer.  I belong to our regional Eastern Upper Peninsula Elementary Principals Association (EUPEPA), the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).   I believe that all educators must continually strive to stay current on educational research and best practices in the fast changing field of education in order to make the most positive impact on successful student achievement.
    I enjoy working with the students, parents, teachers, and staff of St. Ignace Elementary/Middle School.  I am committed to the success of all of our students and will continue to work tirelessly towards this goal.  I firmly believe that our Positive School Climate work is essential in creating a safe, nurturing, inclusive, and academically challenging environment in which all students can thrive.  I encourage you to contact me at anytime with any questions, concerns or comments you may have on any aspect of our program. 
    ~Kari Visnaw
Last Modified on August 20, 2019