Woodlands School Inc. selects new executive director, principal

New chief hired from Milwaukee Collegiate Academy

Woodlands School Inc., a public charter school, has hired a new executive director who will also serve as principal of its State Street campus.

Tommie Myles.

Woodlands School has two locations, at 5510 W. Bluemound Road and at 3121 W. State St.

Tommie Myles, dean of student culture at Milwaukee Collegiate Academy, was selected by Woodlands’ board of trustees to replace former executive director and principal Maureen Sullivan.

Sullivan is retiring after more than 15 years with Woodlands School.

“Throughout the interview process, Tommie demonstrated values consistent with the ‘Woodlands Way’ and displayed an unmatched commitment to servant leadership, putting students first and unifying the two campuses, which were all priorities for the board of trustees,” said Susan Bay, professor at Marquette University Law School and incoming chair of the Woodlands School board of trustees. “We were also impressed with his experience working at mission-based schools with diverse cultures and multiple campuses – which is the environment he’ll be walking into at Woodlands.”

Myles has previously worked as assistant principal at the Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee and also was the dean of students and elementary director at Milwaukee College Prep. He is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University and received a master’s degree in education from Alverno College. Myles received his bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University.

“One of the things that drew me to Woodlands School is the focus on character education and the diversity of the school population,” Myles said. “Woodlands has a unique culture that I’m excited to be a part of. For example, each staff member leads a ‘Little Family,’ a multi-age group of students who meet once each month to learn about values, mentor each other, and embrace multiple perspectives of teaching and learning.”

Woodlands School enrolls more than 600 students in kindergarten through eight grade at its two campuses.

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Ben Stanley, former BizTimes Milwaukee reporter.

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