I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve our community as the new principal of the Lodi Middle School. My name is Derek Pertzborn and I took over as principal of Lodi Middle School on July 1. I am dedicated to working with the students, families, staff, and community to make sure that our students have great opportunities each and every day. As a parent of students in the Lodi School District, I have seen first hand the commitment our community has for the kids in our district and look forward to working with stakeholders to continue helping our students grow as people. I also want to sincerely thank Joe Prosek for all that he has done for Lodi Middle School in his time as principal. I hope to continue his path of excellence for our school and our community.
Growing up in the Village of Dane, I am no stranger to Lodi and graduated from Lodi High School (1998). I have also lived in the Lodi School District for my entire life and currently reside in the City of Lodi with my wife Emily, who is a middle school teacher, my daughter Tessa (9th grade), and my son Nolan (6th grade). Spending my entire life in this great community and attending its schools has had a tremendously positive impact on my life. As middle school principal my goal is to serve to provide that same positive experience for our students.
After attending Lodi High School, I attended UW-Madison where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Math Education. During my time in Madison I also had the privilege of playing tuba in the University of Wisconsin Marching Band. After college I began my teaching career by teaching high school math at Monona Grove High School for two years and have been honored to spend the last 14 years as a math teacher at Lodi High School. In that time I have had the pleasure of building relationships with many students and families in our community. Although I am sad to see that part of my educational journey behind me, I am looking forward to this new opportunity to serve my community as middle school principal. In 2010, I graduated from Viterbo University in La Crosse with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and in 2016 earned a certificate as Director of Instruction.
As I have transitioned to my new role, I have been blown away by the middle school staff’s dedication to do what is best for all kids. I have already had the pleasure to meet with several staff members regarding how we can support students academically, socially, and emotionally as we transition to next school year. Throughout this summer I have met individually with nearly every staff member to begin building relationships, to understand the strengths of our school, and identify some opportunities for growth within our school. As a parent, I know first hand that our staff goes above and beyond to build relationships with kids and celebrate their success.
As we transition back to school this fall, one of my primary goals will be to continue the positive learning environment that already exists at the Lodi Middle School. As a staff, we want all of our students to feel valued as people and as learners. We want students to be successful regardless of their background so they are set up for success in future learning. In order to make this happen we will need to get our students the support they need when they need it. Each student will require different supports depending on their needs, but by connecting with our students we can determine how we can help each student have success.
As fall approaches, I cannot wait to see all of the kids in a few weeks. I am truly honored to be in this position and will do my very best to create an environment to help all students grow as people. I look forward to serving the students, families, and community with Lodi Pride.
Lodi Middle School, Principal