I graduated from Fall Creek High School and attended college at Western Illinois University where I obtained an undergraduate degree in special education. I was a special education teacher in the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District for 16 years. I received my masters degree from U-W Superior in Educational Leadership with licensure in the areas of Director of Pupil Services and Principal. This will be my fourth year in Thorp and 24th year in education. I am excited to be both the Thorp Elementary Principal and Director of Student Services. We truly have the best educators in the area and I am proud to be their leader.
I live in Chippewa Falls with my husband, Chad; four children, Cayci, Carcyn, Ethan, and Ana. We have two Golden Retrievers, Leon, and Laila who is our school therapy dog.
Mrs. Trowbridge-Elementary Principal/Director of Student Services
Hello! My name is Dawn Mlejnek and I have been working for the School District of Thorp for 16 years. I started out as a paraprofessional for 1 year and became one of the elementary/middle school secretaries the following year. This year I am taking on a new role as the administrative assistant in the district office along with helping out the elementary office. I am also the open enrollment coordinator.
I grew up in East Troy, Wisconsin and moved to Thorp in 2001. I have 5 children that now live in Minnesota, Illinois and Tennessee with my youngest attending UWEC for her 2nd year. I love spending time with family and friends, camping, boating, and reading.