Senior Director and Coach

Ed.D. Leadership, Learning, and Service
Cardinal Stritch University

M.Ed. Educational Leadership
Marquette University

B.S. English, Speech Theatre Education
Marquette University

In June 2017, Dr. JoAnn Sternke retired as the Superintendent of Schools in Pewaukee School District, a district that serves 2900 students on a beautiful campus located just west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Under her leadership, student achievement saw a dramatic increase. Despite having one of the most rigorous public school graduation requirements (28 credits) in the state, PSD achieved a 97% graduation rate. A key measure of college and career readiness, the percentage of PSD students attending a two- or four-year college increased from 68.8% in 2006-2007 to close to 91% in 2013-14. The Pewaukee School District is dedicated to using the Baldrige Criteria for performance Excellence. In 2010, the Pewaukee School District was the first education recipient of the Wisconsin Forward Award, the highest level of recognition in Wisconsin’s performance excellence program. In 2013, the Pewaukee School District was honored to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a presidential honor few organizations have attained. For five years, the Pewaukee School District has been recognized as a Top Workplace by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, one of very few educational institutions recognized with this honor. The district pursues a relentless focus on using strategic planning, results data, and key work process identification to leverage improvement. JoAnn serves on the Board of Examiners for both the Baldrige National Quality Program and the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence. She is an active member of the American Society for Quality. She was recognized as Pewaukee’s Person of the Year in 2014 and Wisconsin’s Superintendent of the Year for 2013. She was also honored with the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Women of Influence in 2010. Dr. Sternke earned her doctoral degree in Leadership, Learning, and Service through Cardinal Stritch University where JoAnn also serves as a professor in the Masters in Educational Leadership Program and superintendent licensure program.

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