Principal's Message

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Last Updated: 6/24/2020 6:50 PM

Dear Students and Parents of Berlin Middle School,

Welcome to Berlin Middle School!  You may not know this, but Berlin got its start along the Fox River as a ‘trading highway’ for those who had settled here.  Our ancestors worked hard to make this area their home and succeed in the new world.  THESE ANCESTORS WERE THE CHAMPIONS OF THEIR TIME!  Think about how hard they worked to make the impossible, possible?  So why is it that I open my welcome message with this bit of history?  It’s because YOU are the CHAMPIONS OF TODAY.  There is no doubt that living in the 21st Century is not always easy, especially as a middle school student.  Adolescents are faced with stress, worries about their self-esteem and body image, bullying, peer pressure and so much more.  Let me be clear that the staff and I recognize all of this and are committed more than ever to helping our students achieve at high levels academically, socially, and emotionally.  We will go out of our way to ensure that our students are CHAMPIONS.

At Berlin Middle School, we are FAMILY.  Our faculty is outstanding and view teaching as it should be - a true vocation.  Our dedicated staff works diligently to meet the individual needs of ALL students.  We believe that Berlin Middle School, home, and the greater community share responsibility for the total development of the child.

I am extremely delighted to serve as the new Principal of Berlin Middle School and be a part of the Berlin Area School District.  I have 20 years of experience in education, with most of those years being spent as a school administrator in various parts of the state.  I grew up in Menominee, Michigan and am the oldest of four children.  I am also the proud parent of two boys; Ian (age 12) and Ethan (age 10).  As a parent myself, please know that I am fully committed to raising young women and men who are fully able to take on the challenges of society and make the world a better place for generations to come. 

This year, I encourage you to get to know Berlin Middle School and take some time to get to know me as well.  I am very excited to make connections with the students, parents, and the greater community.  As an educational leader, I am driven to ensure that EVERY student attending our school learns at the highest level in a safe, inviting, fun, and nurturing environment.  My mantra is ‘ALL MEANS ALL’.  I truly look forward to working side-by-side with you to make this a reality.  

Make it a GREAT Day...The Berlin Champion Way!   

Your Partner in Education,

Steve Gromala
Principal
#AllMeansAll

Degrees:

  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (1999) – BA in History, Minor in 6-12 Education
  • Marian University (2003) – MA in Educational Leadership
  • Marian University (Present) – Ph.D. in Leadership Studies

Biography:

I was born and raised in Menominee, Michigan and attended Catholic schools from Kindergarten through high school graduation.  I am a proud 1994 graduate of Marinette Catholic Central High School (now St. Thomas Aquinas High School).  My first teaching position was in Wautoma, where I taught seventh-grade social studies.  While in Wautoma, I also had the honor of serving as summer school director and high school associate principal.  I have also served as a principal in Ashland, Manawa, Wrightstown, Hortonville, and most recently at Holy Family Catholic School in Green Bay.  Each of these positions helped shape me as an educational leader and has prepared me for this position at Berlin Middle School.

In college, I worked for four years at WBAY-TV 2 in Green Bay and even worked with Mike Holmgren during the Mike Holmgren Show era.  I am a proud Eagle Scout, having earned the award in 1992, and have been active in Scouting ever since.

I am currently a resident of Kaukauna and I have two wonderful children.  Ian is in seventh grade and Ethan is in fifth grade.  Although they will not be attending school at BMS, you might see them around from time to time.  Please say hello if you do.  

 

Contact Us

Steve Gromala, Principal
920-361-2441 ext 4000
sgromala@berlin.k12.wi.us