Experienced DMPS Educator to Lead Weeks Middle School
An educator with more than twenty years of experience will become the new principal at Weeks Middle School. Dr. Cheryl Modlin will take over for Audrey Rieken when she retires at the end of school year 2017-18.
Dr. Modlin started her career as a middle school science and health teacher in Iowa and South Carolina. She began working for DMPS in 2010 as a School Improvement Leader, and was promoted to Vice Principal at North High School in 2014. Dr. Modlin completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She earned her Doctorate of Education in Administrative Leadership for Teaching and Learning, with honors, from Walden University in Minneapolis. Dr. Modlin’s completed her dissertation on student-teacher relationships and their effect on student achievement at the secondary level.
“I’m looking forward to building on the foundation of teacher and staff success at Weeks Middle School,” Dr. Modlin said. “I will also make it a priority to provide parents and guardians with quality communication so they have the information needed to be a partner in their student’s education.”
Dr. Modlin helped lead North High School through the Schools for Rigor transition in 2016. Both North and Weeks Middle School were among the six schools to launch Schools for Rigor, which went on to be implemented districtwide.
“Dr. Modlin has fostered a culture of support, community, positivity and excellence at North High School over the past three and a half years,” Dr. Thomas Ahart said. “I believe she’ll do an excellent job putting her experience and leadership skills to work for our students and staff at Weeks.”
Dr. Modlin will start work as Weeks Middle School principal on July 1, 2018.