George Winterscheid, 52, is the new executive director of Kihei Charter School (KCS). The educational psychologist and school administrator and his family moved to Maui recently to be closer to his parents, who are part-time residents.
"It's exciting to be part of the diverse and blend programs here," he said, noting that the school has achieved a reputation for excellence in "project-based" education and its work with science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) programs. "Maui can be very proud to have such an excellent public school option."
Recapping his educational experience, Winterscheid said he had been an educator for over 30 years in Oregon and Washington. His positions included educational assistant, social studies teacher, school counselor and principal and superintendent in the Siuslaw School District in Florence, Oregon. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and graduate degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. His wife, Marie, is a physical therapist. Their son, Benjamin, 28, and daughter, Gail, 26, currently live in Corvallis, Oregon.
George Winterscheid is the new executive director of the Kīhei Charter School, a K-12 public school with a projected enrollment of 580 students this year.
From July to December 2012, Winterscheid worked for the state Department of Education as a school psychologist, splitting his time between Lahaina Intermediate School and KCS. When former KCS co-directors Gail Weaver and Dan Kuhar moved on in their careers and accepted other positions on the Mainland, the board asked Winterscheid to step in.
Kuhar, who formerly headed the K-8 program, has gone to Florida to be nearer to his parents and has accepted the position of a charter school director there. Weaver expects to begin work soon with a curriculum and instructional company in the Seattle-Tacoma area.
Winterscheid said he did not think that he would now be doing the job of two, pointing out that the duties of the school's three site coordinators have been expanded. Filling those posts are Cori Friedman at the high school level, Megan Edgar for the middle school and Leslie Aldridge for the K-8 blended program.
"We are excited and honored to be living on Maui," the new executive director said, thanking staff, students, parents and community members associated with KCS "who have made us feel at home."
He assumed the leadership post in May of 2012. The start of school at the end of July 2013 marked the beginning of his first full year as executive director. He has an employment contract and serves at the pleasure of the board at the K-12 public charter school, which has a projected enrollment of 580 students
Winterscheid maintains offices at the high school on Ohukai Road and also at the middle school in the Lipoa Center. He can be reached at 270-4906 or by email at email@example.com.
The KCA High School Campus is located at 300 Ohukai Road, Ste. 209. Call (808) 875-0700.
The Middle School and Virtual-Hybrid facilities are based in the Lipoa Center at 41 East Lipoa St., Ste. 29. Call (808) 270-4912.