District Administrator

Welcome to The Fall River School District! 


Why Fall River?

Hello!  My name is Michael Garrow.  It is a privilege to serve as the District Administrator for the Fall River School District.  I am entering my fourth year in the district and have had the opportunity to be a part of many great experiences over the past two years.  The District has a history of supporting and valuing education and serves in many ways as the 'heart' of the community.  I believe the District has a very bright future with many more successes still to come.

About the District Administrator

I am a life-long resident of Wisconsin and grew up in Waukesha until going off to college at UW-Oshkosh. I completed a Bachelors of Science in Education, majoring in Physical Education and minoring in Adaptive Physical Education, Athletic Training, Coaching and Health Education.  I was also a four year collegiate gymnast, and finished what I had left of eligibility in track and field.

I began my teaching career in Clintonville, where I served as a MS Physical Education/Health Education teacher and coach.  I then went on to serve as a teacher and Dean of Students in Jefferson; a HS principal in Mount Horeb, prior to serving as a District Administrator.  Over the course of my career, I have also coached volleyball, cross country, gymnastics and track.  

I obtained a Masters through UW Oshkosh, additional licenses and course work through Marian University and UW Madison, and my Doctorate through Edgewood College.

I met my wife while working in Jefferson.  Angela previously worked as a Special Education Aide at Jefferson High School, prior to completing her degree in nursing.   We have two daughters: Brianna (who will be a sophomore at UW-LaCrosse) and Taylor (who will be graduating high school this year).

My experiences in teaching, coaching, administration, and participating in a variety of co-curricular activities have served as a foundation for developing my leadership skills. The leadership skills I have acquired over time have allowed me to develop strong community relations resulting in enhanced opportunities for student learning.

I still enjoy staying very active - participating in volleyball leagues, triathlon (having completed the Wisconsin Ironman four times), and volunteer coaching gymnastics and track, in addition to spending time with family and friends.

Philosophy and Value Statements

I entered the education profession to make a positive difference in the lives of others. As a District Administrator, I have the opportunity to connect with a variety of people and form positive partnerships. Partnerships are valuable because they connect the school with the community. 

I will be a life long learner, always realizing that I can learn as much from others as they can from me.  I do not fear mistakes, but instead will acknowledge them and learn from them,

I have the freedom to choose my behaviors and actions, but am not free to choose the consequences of those actions.  I will accept those things out of my control and focus efforts on those things I can change.

I work to serve as a role model for others; exhibiting the actions, behaviors, commitments, and principles I wish to facilitate in others' lives.

I hold myself to high expectations.  I have high expectations of others - expecting them to work up to their full potentials and make continued improvements.

I continually set goals for myself focused on results and help others succeed in achieving  goals.

I appreciate others' prior knowledge and points of view, and validate these understandings by helping others construct their own meaning of concepts. I collaborative with others, and do not expect others to think like I do – we can agree to disagree agreeably.

I value thinking over knowledge; effort over achievement; application over memorization; concepts over facts; inquiry over lecture; depth of understanding over breadth of understanding; creativity over “correctness,” and risk taking over quiescence.

I will maintain a high level and balance of my mental, emotional, social, and physical health – realizing the importance of each.

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