Superintendent | Kenosha Unified School District

Superintendent

Dr. Bethany Ormseth

Dr. Bethany Ormseth

Dr. Bethany Ormseth began her lifelong career in education in 1997. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Science in geology from Lawrence University, master’s in administrative leadership and supervision from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and a doctorate from Cardinal Stritch University. Her certifications include teacher, principal and administrator. She is currently working on the district administrator licensure, which allows her to also hold an emergency superintendent-district administrator license.

Dr. Bethany Ormseth, a Kenosha native and Tremper High School graduate, began her career in 1997 at Reuther Central High School where she accepted the role of science teacher. 

In 2001, she jumped at the opportunity to grow in her career when she accepted the role of assistant principal of Lance Middle School, and then again when she was asked to step into the role of principal in 2004. During her tenure at Lance, she formalized the middle school house structure, expanded elective offerings and strengthened the transition to high school for Lance students. 

In 2008, Dr. Ormseth was asked to become the principal of Indian Trail High School and Academy, and she gladly accepted. Here she played an integral role in the school’s expansion, including community engagement, staffing, scheduling and preparing to welcome the school’s inaugural comprehensive class in 2010. She often served as the key liaison between Indian Trail families, students and staff as developments unfolded. While principal of Indian Trail High School and Academy, she and her team grew from an academy to the largest comprehensive high school in the state.

In July 2013, Dr. Ormseth was called upon to serve as the interim assistant superintendent of secondary schools, and in 2014 she accepted the position permanently. In this role she worked closely with the superintendent, leadership council and building principals to oversee the instructional leadership of the district. Under her leadership, the district implemented a formal goal setting process, an alternative to suspension program and, the formal laude structure for our high schools. She was also named KUSD’s Administrator of the Year while in this role in 2016. 

In 2017, she accepted the role of director of LakeView Technology Academy where she was excited to again work more closely with students and staff. During her time at LakeView, she worked with staff to implement a vision for the school, drafted expansion plans, and formalized the  admissions process. 

In addition to her many leadership roles held within the district, Dr. Ormseth has served on a variety of district and community committees as a representative of KUSD, including the mayor’s youth commission, Shalom Center board of directors, and Gateway Technical College Board of Trustees. She is known as a team player who always puts students first when making decisions and brings a plethora of experience to the table that is often greatly valued by colleagues and peers with whom she is working. 

Contact Dr. Ormseth at 262-359-6320 or bormseth@kusd.edu.