Dr. Karen Schulte
Superintendent of Janesville Schools
Educational Service Center
527 S. Franklin St.
Janesville, WI 53548-4779
June 6, 2014
Dear Dr. Schulte,
It is with great pleasure that we write a letter praising Mrs. Stephanie Pajerski as an outstanding Elementary School Principal within the Janesville School District. We both received teaching positions at the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and thus, moved our young family to Janesville in August of 2013. We are very pleased with Van Buren Elementary School and with Mrs. Pajerski for many reasons.
In the summer of 2013, we prepared our 4 children for a move to a new, and bigger, city. We did not have family or friend connections within Janesville and were nervous for the change. Our prior home was located in a small town, called New Holstein, which has a small population of 2,900 people. The change, we feared, may be difficult for our children. However, our 3 youngest children were fortunate enough to attend school at Van Buren Elementary School under the supervision of Mrs. Pajerski. We could not have been luckier as this school feels much like the “small town” elementary school in which our children had been learning. The care and attention to detail provided by Mrs. Pajerski is felt throughout the halls of Van Buren. Mrs. Pajerski takes the time to get to know our children and is involved with fun activities from a “get ready for testing song” to long hours spent greeting her students at “Scoopie Nights at Culvers”. This is the kind of principal that we are use to in a small town and we are so fortunate that Mrs. Pajerski is the principal at Van Buren. We currently moved to a home on the east side of Janesville and, while I am sure that Adams Elementary School is fantastic also, our children demanded to stay at Van Buren. Knowing that our children feel safe and happy at their school each day is our main objective as parents and Mrs. Pajerski is largely responsible for this phenomena.
In this climate today, many individuals are negative about education and place added pressure upon those who will provide the education for our children. However, we wanted to take the time to personally thank you for the wonderful principal who leads our children’s school each day. Our children’s teachers are fortunate to have Mrs. Pajerski as a teacher leader. Please place this letter in Mrs. Pajerski’s personal file so that there may be one additional artifact demonstrating how the Van Buren parents feel about her and her leadership. Thank you for your time and consideration in this very important matter.
(This is an actual letter submitted by Van Buren Elementary School parents)