Dr. John LaFleur

Head of School

As of July 1st CELA has a new leader, Dr. John LaFleur, who has a dream and an objective to lead CELA to greater levels of excellence in all three pillars; academic excellence, leadership development and Christian values. We believe he has a true passion for the CELA mission and a detailed alignment with the CELA philosophy.

Dr. LaFleur has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising/Public Relations from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and his Ph.D. in Leadership, Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University. His teacher certifications are Broadfield Social Studies – History, Economics, Political Science and Sociology.

He also has a number of media interviews and presentations, conference presentations and scholarly and published works to his credit. In one of his published works he quoted a few of his mentors. These quotes give you an insight into his thinking.

“It’s all about student learning” (Dr. Dennis Bussen)
“What you permit, you promote” (Dr. Robert Rammer)
“Everyone has a box called time and you can only put 24 hours in it. Limit the contents of that box to what’s important to you.” (Coach Taraska)

Dr. LaFleur’s work experience includes sports journalist, professional athlete for the UK and Italy, teaching at the high school, middle school and elementary levels, high school coach for football, track, and strength and conditioning, including 5+ years at Arrowhead Union High School. In educational administration he has served as the Associate Principal at Muskego High School (1710 students and 150 staff) and Principal at Wilmot Union High School (1100 students and 100+ staff).

John and his wife live in the Hartland area with their daughter who will be a junior at Arrowhead High School in the fall. His wife has been an elementary school teacher for 20+ years and is currently a 3rd grade teacher in the Lake Country area. She is very supportive of John’s passion to lead CELA and his detailed alignment with the CELA philosophy. They attend Spring Creek Church in Pewaukee.


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