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Meet the Principals

My name is Rich Wytonick and I am the Directing Principal of Knapp Elementary.  As a former student and educator here, I am extremely excited to come back "home" and be a part of the turnaround that I know is coming for this Community School.  I feel fortunate to have spent my entire professional career working for RUSD as I love the community of Racine and believe in the positive direction that we are heading.  Your child is very fortunate to attend Knapp Elementary as I firmly believe that we have the hardest working, most passionate, student-centered group of individuals that you will find in an elementary school.  We are excited to begin this journey with you and your child and ask for your help and support during the coming days, weeks, and months.  I encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year at 262-664-8000.  Let's have a great year and Go Cubs!  

"There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do."  -Derek Jeter


My name is Dani Dekker and I am the Assistant Principal at Knapp Elementary.  I am a person who is always learning and growing from every experience that happens personally and professionally in my life.  Learning from my mistakes and striving to take those learning experiences and create positive change throughout this beautiful community we call school are what I do best and strive to do every day.  I want to be a person who my students, their families, and staff trust and feel safe with, but know that in order for me to help them be successful they must always work hard to help me help them.  I truly believe as Marva Collins said, "If you don't give anything, don't expect anything.  Success is not coming to you, you must come to it."  When all is said and done, the most important thing in life is loving and being happy with yourself first.  Once you have established that, you can do anything you set out to do in life.