Episode 026: Phil Ertl, EdD

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Introduction/Bio

Hi everyone, and welcome to District Leader.  My guest this week is Dr. Phil Ertl.  Phil has served as the Superintendent of Schools in Wauwatosa School District (WI) since 2005. Wauwatosa is an inner ring suburb of Milwaukee that serves a diverse student population of 7,300 students.  Phil started his career in education as a teacher and coach in the Marble Falls Independent School District in Texas and the Tomah Area School District in Wisconsin.  He was a middle school principal in the Menasha Joint School District in Wisconsin, as well as an associate principal at the High School in Menasha.  Prior to his superintendency in Wauwatosa, Phil was the Superintendent of the Kiel Area School District, where he served for 5 years. 


Phil obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, at LaCrosse, and his master’s degree in education administration from Winona State University.  He received his doctoral degree in Education from Columbia University in New York.


Resources Mentioned

District Website:  Wauwatosa School District

Equal Opportunity Schools

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The District Leader email:  podcast@disrictleader.net

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Book Recommendations:

Servant Leadership

Reframing Organizations

Understanding by Design

Good to Great

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"The most important part about education is relationships.  Whether it's a teacher student relationship or the teacher, principal, and so on, without good relationships nothing positive is ever going to happen."      - Phil Ertl, Ed.D.