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He let the dogs out; now he’ll bring out best in students

Meet Your Administrator: Aaron Romoslawski

Forest Hills — Aaron Romoslawski is the new assistant principal at Northern High School. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Administrators. 

Other positions you have held in education:

  • Social studies teacher, Lapeer East, Michigan 
  • Assistant principal, Grand River Preparatory High School
  • Assistant principal, Sparta High School
Aaron Romoslawski

What about jobs outside of education?

Romoslawski literally let the dogs out: he worked at a kennel in Flushing, Michigan. He also helped out at a photography studio, worked at a grocery store, was a camp counselor and mowed lawns. Working more than one job at a time was the norm for him in high school and college; he said he learned a lesson about hard work: “If you do your best every day, good things will happen.”

Education/degrees:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social studies and history, Central Michigan
  • Master’s degree in public administration, University of Michigan-Flint 
  • Currently pursuing a specialist in secondary education certification program, Central Michigan University.

What would you like to share about your family? Wife, Jamie, and two children: Isa, 11; and Harper, 9. “I have an amazing family. … If we’re outside of school, odds are I’m with my (own) family, off on some adventure with our extended family.”

Romoslawski and his wife, Jamie, and their two children (courtesy)

Hobbies/interests/talents: Romoslawski enjoys suspense when it comes to sports: “I am an avid Lions fan and try to catch all of their games, because you just never know how they’re going to end.”

What were you like as a student? Romoslawski describes himself as a good and “rambunctious” elementary student, someone who was “incredibly focused on everything else that could and would happen in the classroom.” 

He said he is grateful for all the life lessons he learned at school that helped him to get to where he is today, and credits second-grade teacher Ms. Gae Ann Dudley at Springview Elementary in Flushing with helping him become more productive. 

“(She) helped me learn how to manage my energy, develop resilience on tough tasks, and overall just how to make the best use of my time and energy.”  

The biggest lesson you have learned from students is … “All behavior is a form of communication.” Romoslawski said he understands that listening is key to getting to the source of any behavior “hiccups,” so that all can work together to solve root causes of problems. His email signature includes the message: “Ubuntu! ‘I am because we are.’” 

If you could go back to school, what grade would you choose and why? “If I had to choose, it would probably be a grade with recess because I miss playing with friends during the middle of the day.”

If you walked into your new school building to theme music that suits your personality…  “Something energetic, and depending on the day, it might be indie, hip-hop, rock, or pop.”

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Carol Lautenbach
Carol Jasperse Lautenbach served in many roles during her 29 years in Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, most recently as assistant superintendent for teaching and learning design, a role she retired from in 2021. She is co-author of “Making Schools Work: Bringing the science of learning to joyful classroom practice” and has written for The Alan Review, The Rapidian, and Midwest Living. She was honored to be appointed to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's 2021 Student Recovery Advisory Council’s Innovation and Redesign subcommittee. Carol is inspired by the students, educators, families, community partners, cultural institutions, and philanthropists who work together to design and build joyful, equitable learning communities.

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