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New assistant principal configuration implemented at RFHS

Taryl Graetz (left) and Lisa Goihl are Assistant Principals at River Falls High School. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia

River Falls High School has rearranged things a bit in its administrative configuration and is welcoming new Assistant Principal Lisa Goihl to the team.

Previously the assistant principal title was split into two roles: Assistant principal of academics and assistant principal / activities director.

Rollie Hall served as assistant principal / activities director. His activities director role has now been expanded to a full time position.

Taryl Graetz will continue to serve as assistant principal of academics, working with Goihl, the new assistant principal of instructional leadership, and RFHS Principal Kit Luedtke.

Lisa Goihl

Goihl said had been looking for a principal job when she saw this position listed.

"The job description fit perfectly," she said. "It's a fairly unique job description."

Goihl has a background as a teacher and instructional coach. She said the combination of working with students and supporting staff makes this position unique.

Graetz said she and Goihl will work with students, collaboratively with each other and with Luedtke. Each will also take the lead in a certain area. Goihl will take the lead on things like in-services, professional development training for teachers, etc.

"I think I'm the most excited to just really affect education on a broader scale," Goihl said. "To be able to come in to River Falls, take the good things that River Falls has going, and make it better in any aspect that I can be helpful."

Goihl received her principal's license in May 2017. She received her teacher's license in 1992. She lives in Lake City, Minn., with her husband Brian and children William, Mara and Garrett.

"I'm just really excited to be here," she said.

Taryl Graetz

Graetz has worked at River Falls High School for about 22 years. She spent most of her career teaching social studies. She was the Renaissance Academy coordinator for two years, before being hired as assistant principal.

Graetz said when Luedtke was hired as a new teacher, she was his mentor. Later, after he'd become principal, he served as a mentor for her getting into administration and getting her principal's license, bringing things full circle.

Graetz said she will take the lead on the student services team, doing things like managing the college academies in the school. Those are programs through which students can graduate RFHS with college degrees. She will also take the lead on ensuring students receive emotional support and providing resources for kids who may need assistance for mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

Graetz said she's thrilled to have Goihl on staff, and that her presence will be helpful as the administrative team serves the growing RFHS student population.

Graetz lives in River Falls with her husband Trevor, a small business owner, her daughter Maya, a freshman at RFHS, and her son Hank, a fifth-grader.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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