Welcome to Lowell!

  • Dear Lowell Students and Families,

    It is with great excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new Principal of Lowell Elementary School.  I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such amazing students, dedicated staff, and supportive school community.  I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Lowell family and to serve the students and families. My official start date is August 17, however Mrs. Hermann and I have been working together already to establish a smooth transition.

    I have been committed to the field of education for more than twenty-five years. I have worked with children ranging from Kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of roles.  I have been a classroom teacher, and K-5 math curriculum coordinator (in Waukesha 12 years ago!). Most recently, I have served as both the Director of Curriculum & Instruction and Elementary School Principal, in the School District of St. Francis for the past 10 years. I am near completion of my Doctoral Program in Innovation, Leadership, and Continuous Improvement.  It has been a rewarding journey!  I am thrilled to bring my skills as an educational leader to Lowell, and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.

    On a personal note, I’ve lived in New Berlin for over 20 years, and I have 3 wonderful children. One of my son’s is a graduate of UWM, and has relocated to Utah for his career in environmental science and sustainability.  He loves the outdoors and is an avid snowboarder, so the environment is perfect for him!  My daughter is a graduate of Purdue, and now lives in Indianapolis, where she works as a Registered Dietitian at their Children’s Hospital. She thrives in pediatrics, and adores all children (like her mom)! My other son is currently a student at Oregon State University, and is pursuing a degree in Business.  He enjoys the culture of Corvallis, and the kindness of everyone that he meets there. My family is my greatest accomplishment and brings me endless pride.

    In my leisure time, I value my role as a volunteer at a local animal shelter. I have been a regular volunteer at JRs Pups and Stuff for the past 4 years.  I have welcomed over 55 foster dogs into my home, and have loved every one of them. I also enjoy spending time in Eagle River, WI.  The beauty of the Northwoods, brings my much peace and happiness!

    I view education as a life-long process and expect that I will continue to learn much about the uniqueness of Lowell this year and in years to come.  Most importantly, I bring a belief that students are at the center of all school-related decisions.  I am looking forward to uniting my experience, my openness to learn, and my “students-first” approach to support our children.  Because the relationships between families and the school are critical to the success of our students, I encourage and welcome you to become involved, and connect whenever you are able.  I look forward to meeting you soon!

    Laurie Pogorzelski

Mrs. Pogorzelski