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JoAnn Sternke, PhD

Since 2001, JoAnn has been Superintendent of Schools for the Pewaukee School District that serves 2800 students on a beautiful campus located west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Pewaukee School District has been dedicated to using the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, and in 2013 the Pewaukee School District was honored to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. With this commitment, the District pursues a relentless focus on using strategic planning, results data, and key work process identification to leverage improvement. 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. She serves on the Board of Examiners for both the Baldrige National Quality Program and the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence. In addition to being involved in these programs, she is an active member of the American Society for Quality.

JoAnn was recently 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 Distinction in 2010. For the past three 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. Additionally, under her tenure the Pewaukee School District has also seen recognition in both Newsweek Business Week, and the Washington Post. JoAnn earned her doctoral degree in Leadership, Learning and Service through Cardinal Stritch University where she also serves as a professor & site coordinator for the Masters in Educational Leadership Program and superintendent licensure program.