Lanora Heim, Director of Pupil Services

It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I begin my 18th year in the Whitewater Unified School District. The 2018-2019 school year marks my 8th year as the Director of Pupil Services. Previously, I have served the students and families of Whitewater as Assistant Principal and Director of English Language Learners, K-12 and as a high school English Teacher. As Director of Pupil Services I have a variety of roles/responsibilities which include Director of Special Education, English Language Learners, School Health Services, Student Services, Section 504s, Adult ESL, and serve as a member of the district leadership and budget teams to name a few. 

Why Whitewater?

In 2001, I chose to come to Whitewater for a variety of reasons. First, I was drawn to Whitewater by a richness of diversity and a unique opportunity to use my skills and experience working with English Language Learners and students with special needs.  Second, there is something magical about working in a school district with rich connections to a top-notch university.  Third, Whitewater Unified School District has first-rate facilities filled with the latest technology.  Finally, and most important, I thoroughly enjoy working with the amazing students, families, and staff.  The size of the school district is small enough to allow me to get to know students, staff, and parents, yet be in a school district that is able to offer rich activities, athletics, and opportunities not seen in some districts twice our size.  

More About the Director of Pupil Services

My quality education has well prepared me for the diverse tasks I am in charge of at WUSD. I graduated in 1998 with an English degree from the UW-Madison, proceeded to get my teaching license in 2000, earned my Masters degree in Educational Administration in 2004 from the UW-Madison and in 2012 I earned my PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis.  In addition, I am licensed by the State of Wisconsin as a Director of Pupil Services, District Administrator, Principal, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and as an English teacher for grades 6-12.

Outside of school, my husband, Craig and I are enjoying parenthood. We are so proud of our children Nina and Espen. This fall Nina will begin fifth grade at LN and Espen will start first grade. Hobbies of mine include following the best sports team in the world, the Chicago Cubs, fishing, photography, traveling, and reading.

Thank you for taking the time to visit the WUSD website. Please contact me with any questions you have about the Whitewater Unified School District.

Lanora Heim, Ph.D.
419 S. Elizabeth Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

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