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School District of West Salem Administration

 

Troy M. GundersonTroy M. Gunderson, Superintendent
Gunderson stepped into this position in 2010 after serving as Superintendent at Gale-Ettrick-Trempeleau School District for two years, and Principal at West Salem High School for 15 years.Gunderson's days in the classroom were spent teaching mathematics at Melrose-Mindoro High School. Gunderson earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree from Winona State University. You may contact Mr. Gunderson at gunderson.troy@wsalem.k12.wi.us or (608)786-0700.

 

Mike Malott

Mike Malott, High School Principal
Malott joined West Salem in 1994 as a high school physical education teacher after teaching at Waterford High School.  Malott earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and a master's degree from Viterbo University.  You may contact Mr. Malott at malott.mike@wsalem.k12.wi.us or (608)786-1220. 

 

 

Justin Jehn, Dean of Students
Jehn joined West Salem High School in 2004 as a science teacher. In 2014, Mr. Jehn moved to the position of Instructional Coach at the high school. In addition to the Dean of Students responsibilities, he is also an Educator Effectiveness Coach and Building Assessment Coordinator. Jehn earned both his bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and his administrative license from Viterbo University (2018).  You may contact Mr. Jehn at jehn.justin@wsalem.k12.wi.us or (608)786-1220.

 

 

Ben Wopat

Ben Wopat, Middle School Principal

Wopat joined West Salem in 2015 after serving as the Dean of Students at Logan Middle School for three years. Wopat was a teacher at Logan High School for nine years prior to becoming an administrator.  He earned a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. His principal licensure in educational leadership was completed at Viterbo University. You may contact Mr. Wopat at wopat.ben@wsalem.k12.wi.us or (608)786-2090.

 

Ryan G. Rieber, Elementary School Principal‚Äč    
Rieber joined West Salem in 2016 year after serving as the elementary principal at Viroqua Elementary/Montessori School. Prior to that, Rieber taught for eleven years in the La Crosse School District at Logan Middle School and at Southern Bluffs Elementary. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Viterbo University, attaining principal and superintendent licensure. You may contact Mr. Rieber at rieber.ryan@wsalem.k12.wi.us or (608)786-1662.       
 

 

Lisa K. GerkeLisa K. Gerke, Elementary School Associate Principal
Gerke joined West Salem after serving as a substitute principal at Washington Elementary School and Prairie River Middle School in Merrill, WI. She also spent several years as a teacher at Black River Falls Middle School and Merrill Area Public Schools. Gerke earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and a master's degree from Marian College.  You may contact Mrs. Gerke at gerke.lisa@wsalem.k12.wi.us or (608)786-1662. 

 

Michael A. St. PierreMichael A. St. Pierre, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
St. Pierre stepped into his role after serving as director of curriculum and instruction at Black River Falls School District. St. Pierre's days in the classroom were spent teaching fourth grade at Cedar Grove Belgium School District. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and a master's degree from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. You may contact Mr. St. Pierre at st.pierre.michael@wsalem.k12.wi.us or (608)786-0700.

 

Eric R. JensenEric R. Jensen, Director of Pupil Services
Jensen joined West Salem after serving at director of special education and school psychologist at Arcadia School District. He also served as school psychologist and designated supervisor of special education at both De Soto Area School District and Potosi Public Schools. Jensen earned both a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.  You may contact Mr. Jensen at jensen.eric@wsalem.k12.wi.us or (608)786-1064.