Inspired by several great teachers, Jessica D’Ambrosio knew at an early age that teaching was going to be the career for which she was meant. After several years at Amery’s Lien Elementary, she is excited to take the wheel as Principal at the Amery Intermediate School.
“By about third grade, I often played ‘school’ with my friends, so it was at about that time that I knew what I wanted to do in life. I have always enjoyed the school setting and working collaboratively with staff and students. For myself, coaching has always been an essential role that went along with being a teacher. Having both roles allowed me to work with more students and support education beyond the classroom walls,” she said.
D’Ambrosio grew up in Park Falls, Wisconsin where she attended Park Falls elementary and high school. “Throughout my elementary and high school education, I was very involved in athletics and other academic groups,” she said.
After graduating from high school, she attended UW-Stout and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in coaching. She then attended UW-River Falls for a master’s degree in elementary education. She received a second master’s degree in educational administration for a principal licensure and a director of curriculum and instruction licensure through UW-Superior.
Before working within the Amery School District, D’Ambrosio worked in several neighboring school districts in a variety of teaching roles. After graduating from UW-Stout, she lived in State College, Pennsylvania and worked for the State College School District within their special education department.
D’ Ambrosio and her husband and relocated to the New Richmond area Pennsylvania and after several years, they moved to Amery when their children began school. She said, “We were looking for a smaller school district that excelled in academics, offered a variety of extra-curricular activities, and was in a beautiful recreational area.”
She began her teaching career in Amery as a pre-school teacher. “After a year, I took a few years off to care for our premature daughter, Harper. I then returned to the Amery School District and taught first grade at Lien Elementary before accepting the principal position. Along with my teaching roles, I have coached a variety of sports that range from high school levels to youth booster levels,” she said.
Her favorite part about teaching has always been the students. I enjoy getting to know students, supporting them and helping them grow academically, socially and emotionally. D’Ambrosio said, “The growth that a child makes within a year is exciting and with my new role, I can now be a larger and more impactful part of that growth.”
Like her path to teaching, she feels she has been fortunate to have had several exceptional administrators and principals in her career. “I appreciated their leadership and support as a teacher. After teaching in the classroom for several years, I knew that I wanted to have a larger impact on student achievement, closing the gaps and on supporting educators. My background in coaching and as an athlete, supported my desire to pursue an administration license. I enjoy supporting teachers and helping them grow in their abilities and education practices through a coaching lens,” she said.
D'Ambrosio is most looking forward to seeing many of the students that she taught as a classroom teacher and to working with a fantastic educational staff. She said, “We have phenomenal teachers and I look forward to getting to know them and how I can support them. I feel that the role of a school is to serve our students, parents, and community and to provide an excellent learning environment. We have a tradition of excellence in the Amery School District, and I know that we will continue to achieve that high standard at the Amery Intermediate School.”
In addition to her professional life, D’Ambrosio is a wife and mother of three. Her husband, Art, is an instructor at Northwood Technical College in the electrical apprenticeship program. Their three children attend school in Amery; Easton is a sixth grader, Tanner is a fourth grader, and Harper is in 4K. D’ Ambrosio said, “All three of our children are very involved in sports and Easton also enjoys band and choir. You can often find us at high school event of some sort! We enjoy spending time together at sporting events, at our cabin fishing or swimming, family and friends, and with our two Bernese Mountain dogs. We love Amery and appreciate all that the community and schools have to offer!”