Message from Mrs. Witteanauer
Dear Jefferson Families,
My name is Heather Witteanauer, and I am the Principal at Jefferson Elementary School. I am looking forward to a great school year. I had the honor and privilege of beginning my educational journey as a student teacher at Jefferson Elementary in the Fall of 2002. I began my own teaching career with Sterling Public Schools in 2004 as a First Grade Teacher at Franklin Elementary. I remained at Franklin Elementary School for twelve years as a First Grade Teacher in the same classroom. Sterling Public Schools is home to me. As I continued my own education, I pursued my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and then most recently a degree in Administration and Supervision, both from National Louis University. To say that I am a lifelong learner would be an understatement. When I was chosen to become the next Principal at this great school, I was over the moon with excitement and anticipation.
Because family means so much to me, and Jefferson School and their families mean a great deal to me, I would like the opportunity to share with you a little bit about my family. I married Josh Wittenauer 11 years ago. We live in Dixon. Josh is a Sergeant First Class in the Illinois National Guard and is serving his twenty second year in uniform. He supervises the Recruiting Command out of Aurora. Josh served eighteen months in Iraq. I am incredibly proud of the sacrifices he has made as a soldier for our country. Together we have four children. Margaret is eight years old and is a third grader this year, David is six and is in Kindergarten, Joseph is three and will attend PreSchool this year, and Eleanor is 1 year old. Life at our house is filled with busy schedules, routines, laughter, tears, and lasting memories. Through all the chaos, I wouldn’t change a thing.
As your building Principal, it is important to me that you know where I come from, both as a professional and on a more personal level, as a parent. When I think of my own children walking the halls of their respective schools, I know without a doubt that they are safe, they are loved, and they are well cared for. I want each of you to know that the same is true of your children. As the start of the school year draws near, I want you to take time to reflect on a favorite teacher or educational memory. When you think of that memory, was it about something you learned, or about the way someone made you feel? The most wonderful gift I can give you this year, is knowing that your children will not only learn a great deal, but they will feel even more. They will feel like a part of a family. They will feel like they belong. They will feel safe, and most importantly, they will feel the joy of education.
My door is always open. Please feel free to pop in and introduce yourself. I welcome the opportunity to get to know each of you. If you have any questions or concerns, you may reach me by email or the school office. Thank you for your time.