Brookfield East Athletic and Activities Director Corey Golla has resigned to fill the principal position left behind by Dr. Gary Kiltz at Menomonee Falls High School.
Kiltz recently accepted an internal promotion to become the district's Director of Curriculum and Learning.
Golla's announcement came a week after East head basketball coach Andy Farley said he was leaving to become associate principal at Menomonee Falls High School.
Golla, who has held the East High position since 2004, will leave effective June 30. He started with Elmbrook in 1996 as a teacher and coach at Pilgrim Park Middle School and then East.
"While this opportunity is exciting to me professionally and a great opportunity for my family, leaving Brookfield East and the Elmbrook School District is difficult," Golla said.
"I have proudly given 16 years of my career to this district and the Spartans will be in my heart forever. I am proud of every program I am leaving behind, and I wish to thank the entire East community for your support."
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Golla recently received the Brookfield Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, an honor bestowed upon one outstanding school district employee each year.
In his nomination of Golla for the award, Superintendent Matt Gibson said Golla was "an advocate for student participation, sportsmanship, character development and award-winning performance."
“Joining the Menomonee Falls community is an exciting opportunity for me and my family. The combination of your rich tradition, community spirit, and progressive approach to the challenges in education today is energizing,” he said. “I am looking forward to years of service ahead.”
Golla received his master’s degree in educational leadership from Marion College. He received his bachelor’s degree in social studies, history and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
He has spearheaded policy changes to raise standards in co-curricular programs, served as liaison for a two-year, $32 million renovation of Brookfield East, and facilitated town hall-style meetings to rewrite the district’s activity code.
Superintendent Dr. Patricia Greco said the hiring team was impressed with Golla’s vision for the future, the quality of his program development.
“Corey has an impressive history of leadership and innovation, and strong outreach to parents and the community,” she said. “The high school will be well served under his leadership.”
Golla is married and has two boys. His family lives in Brookfield.
Farley has been interim athletic and activities director and assistant principal at Brookfield East since February. He has taught high school social studies and coached boys’ basketball for eight years.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity. It’s a great position, a great community. I look forward to working with teachers, parents and staff,” he said.
Farley has a master’s in educational leadership from Marion University and a bachelor’s degree in history and social studies from UW-Whitewater.
Among other leadership tasks, Farley has taught Advanced Placement psychology, coordinated an academic honors evening, developed standards for social studies courses and worked on a team to develop differentiation strategies for freshmen adopted across the school.
Greco said the hiring team was impressed with Farley’s instructional leadership background and his ability to work well with parents, students and the community.
“Andy brings an impressive array of instructional and leadership experience, and excellent communication skills,” she said. “He will be a valuable asset to the high school.”
Farley is married and has two children. The family lives in Menomonee Falls and Farley’s oldest will start 4-year-old kindergarten this fall.
“I have a tremendous investment in the system and it’s exciting to be in the district,” he said.
Their positions are contingent on School Board approval May 14. Both are slated to start their new jobs on July 1.
Kiltz, in his second year with the district, is quite familiar with district leadership. He holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Arizona State University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree in social studies and alternative education from UW-Madison.
“I’m excited to join the administrative team in my new role,” Kiltz said in April. “We are implementing several innovative programs to help students better learn at every level, and I’m elated for the opportunity to become a leader in that process. I look forward to following up on the brilliant work Mary has started.”