Jason R. Bull
Sheboygan North High School
Typical evenings in the Bull residence follow a similar pattern. Michelle, my wife, Abby (6), Nolan (4), and I eat dinner together and discuss the day that was. I often lead the discussion, asking Abby and Nolan what was completed throughout the school day, inquiring as to what was their favorite part of the day, and pushing them to reflect on the learning that occurred. After dinner cleanup is completed, Michelle and I often spend some additional time with the kids working on academics. Nolan may be practicing writing by tracing dots while Abby writes a journal and draws an accompanying picture. Other nights may find Nolan practicing counting using manipulatives as Abby adds and subtracts using money, or Nolan may be working on sight words as Abby quietly reads.
These evenings are special for a number of reasons. The time spent with my family offers perspective and keeps me grounded. These typical evenings allow for our family to deepen our relationships while emphasizing spending time together, communication, reflection, collaboration, and growth. I further believe these typical evenings provide a model for what I see will need to be the building blocks of future North High School success.
Future student and staff success, as measured by a number of hard and soft data strands, must be founded in developing and maintaining relationships, true collaboration, and sharing and reflection. Differentiated instruction based on identified student needs, research-based best practices, having fun, and a focus on growth must also be part of the formula. I look forward to continuing the work that has begun while re-emphasizing the aforementioned building blocks. These blocks must become as second nature as Nolan’s insistence on cucumbers, hot dogs and chocolate milk. Our work has begun and will continue. Looking forward is looking good. See you soon.
•Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI, July 2004
•Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI, May 2000
•Principal of Sheboygan North High School, July 2011– Present
•Associate Principal at Sheboygan North High School, August 2008 – July 2011
•Temporary Assignment as Assistant Principal at Bay View High School, Milwaukee, WI, August 2007 – August 2008
•Mathematics Teacher at Bay View High School, Milwaukee, WI, August 2001 – July 2007
•Mathematics Teacher at Grand Avenue School, Milwaukee, WI, August 2000 – July 2001
•Upward Bound Mathematics Instructor at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, February 2005 – August 2011
•Adjunct Mathematics Professor at Concordia University, Milwaukee, WI, October 2005 – August 2008
This I Believe:
When I was fourteen years old I was hired for my first job. I worked for the city of Racine as a coin counter. All the change from the parking meters throughout the city was brought to my office in large canisters. I had to put the money in a change counter, bag the money, and record and maintain records accordingly. Later that year, during the summer months, I also worked on a local farm. I would ride my bicycle to the farm at 4:30 a.m. and work the fields for the next ten hours. I worked both these jobs until I was sixteen. At age sixteen I started a job at a local fast food restaurant. As I completed high school I did not want to go to college. I was progressing up the ranks at the restaurant and thought I knew it all. I thought that I was going to make it big in the world of business, and that I did not need any help from the academic world. It took several years, but I finally realized that not only was the world of business not for me, but I also needed to do something that that had a greater impact on the community. I felt a calling to help people, make an impact on the community at large, and to work with children. I knew then that education was for me. Shortly thereafter I resigned from the world of business, registered for school and began my path into education.
It is my experiences as a child, coupled with my work experiences that have shaped who I am and what I believe about the world of education. It is these beliefs that shape my interactions, my daily routines, and my goals for the future. I believe that all children can and want to learn and do well. I believe that good schools start with good leaders. I believe in treating people as individuals. I believe that schools must be developed into professional learning communities; with parents, community members, alumni, and business leaders taking part in the operation of the school. I believe that schools must develop the entire person. I believe that decisions within the school should be made as a group and work towards the shared mission and vision of the school. I believe in life-long learning. I believe in the importance of humor. Finally, I believe that what I do and say, can and will make an impact tomorrow.
As North High School continues to work in partnership with parents, staff, students and community members open lines of communication are essential. I welcome your input and inquiries. Please utilize the contact infromation below as needed:
920.459.3603 or Betn Grebe at 920.459.3602