Dear Marshall Community,
Welcome to Marshall Middle School. I joined the cardinal nation in 2020 after serving as a middle school principal for two other districts for fifteen years. My teaching background was in Social Studies and as a principal I bring that teaching passion to my daily work.
While I am fairly new to the Janesville school community, I have over thirty years of experience in education. I received my bachelor's degree and Social Studies Teaching License from California State University Sacramento before becoming a middle school and high school Social Studies teacher in Rancho Cordova, California. In 1995 I earned my Master's Degree in School Administration and entered the world of administration in 1997 in Modesto, California. In 2002, my wife and I left California and moved to reconnect with her Wisconsin roots.
I bring a strong commitment to school excellence, that focuses on student growth and systems development to support that growth. Middle schoolers are hardwired to fill four basic needs: fun, competence, autonomy, and relationships. It is my challenge to support our teachers in meeting those needs in a safe and academically rigorous manner.
I look forward to working with your students and your family as we support our young people's growth. Feel free to contact me with your questions or concerns.
Hank Schmelz, Principal