Superintendent of Schools
Joe Garza became superintendent of the School District of New Berlin in July 2011, after serving for four years as assistant superintendent.
He came to New Berlin from the Almond-Bancroft School District in Portage County, WI, where he was a secondary school principal and then the district’s superintendent.
Garza earned his bachelor of arts in education and music at Luther College in Decorah, IA, where he sang in the Nordic Choir. He received his masters in educational leadership at Marian University (formerly Marian College of Fond du Lac) in 2003. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Cardinal Stitch University in Milwaukee.
Garza is active in community and education circles. He is a guest lecturer at Marian and Cardinal Stritch universities and was a member of the recent Joint Legislative Council Special Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School.
He has a keen interest in college and career readiness for students. Also top of mind is the impact a successful, relevant K-12 education has on workforce development and economic development.
When Garza isn't focused on improving education, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending his children's school and athletic/extracurricular events and cheering for the Chicago Bears. He lives in New Berlin with his wife and their two children who attend the district's schools.
Professional Organizations and Associations: Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA), American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD), Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO), Founding member of Moving New Berlin Forward (MNBF), New Berlin Rotary Club, Southeast Wisconsin Effectiveness Consortium (former Operations Committee Officer)