Doctor in the Family

Events, Personal, musings, NBPS Administrators

Our son Jason got his doctorate from Ohio State University last summer.  His PhD is in the field of public health.  

Jason grew up in New Berlin.    He attended New Berlin public schools (New Berlin Center Elementary and Eisenhower Middle/High School).  

After high school graduation, Jason went to UW-Madison, where he earned  a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree in Accounting.

He went on to  earn a Master's Degree in Business Administration  and a  Master's Degree in Hospital Administration from Baylor University in Texas ( Dual Masters Degree Program).

Jason also earned a Masters Degree in Science from Ohio State University in the spring of  2013.  

Additionally, Jason serves in the armed forces.  He is an officer in the US Air Force.  A few years ago, he was deployed to Afghanistan. His current assignment involves teaching  classes at Baylor University. 

So,  Jason has three impressive titles:   Major Richter,  Dr. Richter, and Professor Richter. 

Congratulations Jason on your accomplishments.  

It appears our son has more formal education (and a higher level of education)  than the person hired to run New Berlin Public Schools.

Joe Garza became the superintendent of the School District of New Berlin in July 2011, after serving as the assistant superintendent.  He came to New Berlin from the small Almond-Bancroft School District in Portage County, WI.

According to his published bio:  "Garza earned his bachelor of arts in education and music at Luther College  in Decorah, IA, where he sang in the Nordic Choir. He received his masters in educational leadership at Marian University (formerly Marian College of Fond du Lac) in 2003. He's currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, expected to earn it in 2014."

Past New Berlin Public School Superintendents, such as Dr. James Benfield and  Dr. Paul Kreutzer, had earned doctorate degrees before they were hired by our school district.  Not so Garza.  Apparently, he's in the process of getting one.  Good for him.  But I wonder how he manages  to juggle all of the time/work required to earn his Ph.D from Cardinal Stritch, including doing the research for his dissertation and writing/ submitting it -----with his family obligations ( he's married and has two school-aged children) and  his responsiblilites/duties as a full-time Superintendent  (isn't a school superintendent a 24-7 position?).  

Given that Garza's contract with the District includes provisions for tuition reimbursement,  I suppose we district taxpayers have been paying  for his pursuit of a Ph.D.  The School Board is okay with that, but not with paying tuition for New Berlin  teachers pursuing Masters Degrees?   

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