Elementary & Secondary Education

The MPSD Education Department takes pride in being knowledgeable and approachable for staff, students and parents in promoting growth and development through learning.

The office is comprised of the following staff:

Deborah Shimanek • Director of Education
Phone: 920-686-4779
Email Deborah Shimanek

This position serves as the leader in all aspects of curriculum, instruction, and professional development in support of the District mission, goals and Board policies.  

  • Supervises the process of curriculum development and implementation
  • Oversees student evaluation and testing programs
  • Provides leadership in planning and facilitating the integration of educational technology
  • Assists Superintendent in the supervision of building principals
  • Plans and provides professional development for district staff in promoting high quality student performance
  • Oversees program coordinators, specialists and department heads
  • Coordinates Title I and II programs
  • Compiles and maintains the instructional budget for the district
  • Oversees the Manitowoc Public School District Academy, in partnership with Silver Lake College

Jason Bull • Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Phone: 920-686-4764
Email Jason Bull

This position focuses on curriculum, instruction and assessment for the purpose of improving student learning.  

  • Coordinates the district's standardized testing program and the analysis, interpretation and reporting requirements
  • Assists Superintendent in the supervision of building principals
  • Organizes and implements professional development days for staff

Tiffany Gates • Education Secretary
Phone: 920-686-4788
Email Tiffany Gates

Please contact Tiffany Gates with questions regarding:

  • DPI Reporting for Civil Rights Data Collection, Civil Rights Data Compliance, School Performance Report and Pupil Non-Discrimination Compliance Report
  • Title I and Title II 
  • EXCEL 
  • Math Specialist Support
  • Reading Specialist Support
  • Curriculum Writing
  • MPSD Information Channel - Comcast Cable Channel 15
  • Raz-Kids and Reading A-Z subscriptions for K-3rd grade teachers
  • Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD) and Assocational of Wisconsin School Administrator (AWSA) Renewals
  • Lighthouse Learning Academy 
  • MPSD website - including training staff, maintaining school and District sites and writing/sending news releases
  • Community flyers contact for the public regarding approval and posting on web and in newsletters
  • Ordering, distributing, and keeping inventory of classroom texts and supplies

Sara Disch • Elementary & Secondary Education Administrative Assistant
Phone: 920-686-4786
Email Sara Disch

Please contact Sara Disch with questions regarding:

  • 4K marketing, registration, placement and bus coordination for students
  • Summer School marketing, registration, and placement of students
  • Eclipse - account access, course creation, work group associations
  • MPSD Facebook Page
  • PALS
  • Brochure design and flowcharts
  • Data compilation, analyzing and graphing
  • WISEdash / WAMS account access and data compilation
  • Local and State Assessments
  • Math Specialist Support
  • Reading Specialist Support
  • EXCEL 
  • Staff Development marketing and coordination
  • Student Humanity events - assist with ticket ordering, transportation needs and teacher study guides