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Principal's Message

PrincipalWelcome West Side Elementary! My name is Benjamin Kitslaar, and I am honored to be the principal at West Side Elementary.  I received my bachelor’s degree from Ripon College and started teaching in 2004, teaching 4th and 5th grade for 8 years. I earned my master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and in 2012, became the assistant principal at Jackson Elementary in Elkhorn, WI.  

My wife, Sarah, teaches 4th grade, and we have a beautiful daughter that keeps us busy.  We enjoy hiking, camping, going to parks, and anything outside. We also enjoy spending time with family up in the Madison area.  I am an avid sports fan, especially for the Green Bay Packers, and when I have a moment I will often be found reading.

I believe that all students can learn at high levels. Strong relationships are vital in order for this to happen. We will build these relationships not only between students and staff, but also between staff and families. As a team, we will ensure that all of our students are successful. 

I'm excited for the school year and look forward to working with you, to help make West Side the best school it can be for our students.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and contact me.

All the Best,

Benjamin Kitslaar