Three Lakes School Board selects alum for district administrator
The Three Lakes School Board stayed fairly close to home when hiring the new district administrator. The board announced Thursday that it hired Teri Maney, currently the School District of Rhinelander director of instruction. She will take over the reins from Dr. George Karling in July, when he officially retires.
“Teri offers a depth and diversity of experience, skill and demeanor that will be in the best interest of our
students moving forward,” said Tom Rulseh, Three Lakes school board president.
“I am filled with honor and joy as I accept the position of district administrator for Three Lakes School
District,” Maney said. “It has been my hope to someday have the opportunity to come home and lead the
district I love. Over the years, I have shared my dream with family and friends. While this goal may have
originally started as a dream, it has ultimately driven me to further my education in preparation for becoming a district leader.”
Prior to her position as director of instruction, Maney served as the principal at Crescent Elementary
School in the Rhinelander School District. For the past 20 years, she has worked in education as a teacher,
associate principal, principal and then director of instruction. She completed her bachelor’s degree at
University of South Florida, her master’s in educational leadership through Marian College and her superintendency program through Viterbo University in May 2017.
She is a life-long resident of the Northwoods and was born and raised in Sugar Camp. Maney is a 1981 Three Lakes High School graduate and has also been a parent in the Three Lakes School District.
“I believe this unique combination of professional and personal experiences has prepared me to lead our
district with sensitivity and insight from multiple perspectives,” she said. “My path has led me to this moment, and I enthusiastically look forward to our journey together.
“As a candidate, when I was asked, ‘Why Three Lakes?’ my response was ‘only Three Lakes!’ This is the position I have aspired to reach professionally my whole career.”
The school board began the district administrator search process after Dr. Karling announced his retirement in August 2018 with the intent to stay through his contract, which ends June 30, 2019. Dr. Karling
has served as district administrator at Three Lakes for 30 years. The board has been working with Don
Stevens + Associates, an executive search and consulting agency, on selecting from a large field of highly