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Whitefish Bay High School has chosen Jason Kasmarick as its new activities director to replace John Gustavson, who will retire after 13 years at the end of June.

Pending school board approval of his contract, Kasmarick will officially begin this role on July 1, 2016, but hopes to find an opportunity this spring to attend an event or two in order to meet students, staff, parents and community members, according to a news release from the Whitefish Bay School District.

Kasmarick currently serves as the secondary teaching and learning specialist, AP European history teacher, AVID elective teacher, and reading interventionist in the Elmbrook School District.

He has ties to the Whitefish Bay School District as a resident of the village and his own children will attend schools in the district.

Kasmarick began his career in Kettle Moraine as an eighth-grade social studies teacher. In 2002, he was hired by the Elmbrook School District to teach social studies at Brookfield East High School, where he has been professionally engaged for the past 14 years.

"Coach Kaz" has served in multiple supporting roles within Brookfield East High School as the current boys co-head cross-country coach, associate head boys track coach, and previously as a football coach. Kasmarick has worked in several administrative leadership instructional related teams such as the AVID site team member and elective teacher, literacy TA team member, hiring committee member and as an interim associate principal.

Kasmarick received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and a master's degree in the Educational Policy and Leadership Program from Marquette University.

Of 48 applicants, Kasmarick rose to the top of the candidate pool. Through multiple interviews, staff and community members found Kasmarick to be relatable, motivating, thoughtful, balanced, and passionate about both academics and athletics, a news release said.

As one colleague indicated in a news release, "We'd absolutely miss him here at East as I can't even begin to tell you how much of a tremendous loss he'd be, but you won't find a better administrator or, more importantly, person than Jason Kasmarick."

The Whitefish Bay School Board will act on Kasmarick's contract on April 27.