SIS welcomes new principal, Michael Joynt

(Olivia Loomis) Michael Joynt, incoming SIS principal, meets with Julie Wells, counselor.
(Olivia Loomis) Michael Joynt, incoming SIS principal, meets with Julie Wells, counselor.

Michael Joynt has filled the permanent principal spot at SIS for the coming year.

“I want to support what works in SIS, and of course support the parents and students,” Joynt said. “The best way to do that is for me to build trust with the parents, teachers, and students; let them know I have their best interests in mind.”

After the death of Mark Harris, principal of SIS, social studies teacher, Kevin Gemignani, stepped in as interim principal for the remainder for the 2014-2015 school year.

According to Kathy Yanoff, SIS secretary, the committee interviewing candidates for the potential SIS principal knew what they were looking for. After much interviewing of several candidates by staff and students, Joynt was hired.

“He seemed like a middle school person,” Yanoff said. “He matched the culture and spirit of [the] middle schoolers and middle school teachers.”

According to Yanoff, Joynt is no stranger to Shorewood. His older brother, Matt Joynt, was principal at SHS for five years.

“He’s from an education dynasty,” Yanoff said. “All of his brothers and [his] father are and were high school teachers or administrators. He brings a ton of experience.”

According to Julia Appel, SIS student, the students are also excited for the new addition to their administration.

“My first impression of Mr. Joynt was that he seemed really nice and cool, and it’s kind of exciting to have a new person in the school district,” said Appel.

Joynt began his education at UW-Madison majoring in mathematics, and later earning a Masters in Instructional Technology from Cardinal Stritch in 2006, and a Masters in Administrative Leadership from UW-Milwaukee in 2012.

Prior to coming to the Shorewood School District Joynt worked at Cudahy Middle School as the associate principal.

According to Joynt he has almost always wanted to work in education.

“I like the energy of working with kids and teachers, and knowing that every day will be different than the day before,” Joynt said.

by Lydia Anshus

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