Lincoln Elementary School

Principal's Den: Shawn Galvin

Shawn Galvin


Hi! I’m Shawn Galvin the principal here at Lincoln Elementary. I started working in the Janesville School District in 2010 and we have been working hard to innovate and create learning opportunities that are on the leading edge of educational change. I have lived in the Stateline area my entire life and am passionate about providing a great education for our children.

My professional background varies but has all been in the elementary setting. I have been in education since 1999 and I have taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades as well as being an elementary assistant principal. I taught in both a small 1,000 student district and in a large urban district with 30,000+ students. I also served for 7 years as camp director for a non-profit day camp that provided a free camp experience for at-risk youth in the Stateline area. I have an Associate’s degree from Rock Valley College, a Bachelor’s degree from Rockford College, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership both from National Louis University, and am currently working on my doctorate at Edgewood College.

More importantly, I want to get to know you, the Lincoln School community and be able to serve your needs. My goal is to build upon all of the great things happening here at Lincoln and to make this a positive year of growth for the staff and students. Lincoln is, where greatness begins!

Shawn Galvin
Principal, Lincoln Elementary

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Personalized Learning Overview
By Shawn Galvin (January 2016)

District Support & Activity

The School District of Janesville has many great programs and schools that are leading in many different ways. Lincoln Elementary has been leading with technology and with Personalized Learning (PL). As we continue to pursue the best ways to engage students in their learning we have learned that technology and PL are two separate avenues that complement each other to provide a rich learning environment. Yes, I did state that technology and PL are separate from each other. A common misunderstanding is that PL can only be done with technology or that using technology means you are personalizing education. Both of those statements are false. It is the marrying of those two that we get great results in providing an exciting and engaging learning atmosphere.

In the spring of 2014 a couple staff from Lincoln went to visit a school in the West Allis area to see what they were doing with technology. This is when we first saw PL in action. This small team then shared what they observed with regard to technology but also mentioned the aspect of PL they observed. That summer 5 staff decided they were ready to tackle the challenge of trying PL in their classrooms. These 5 staff (three Kindergarten, one 2nd grade, and one 3rd grade teacher) worked with the Principal and Academic Learning Coach that year as they discovered and worked through this process. As Lincoln leadership began sharing what was happening at Lincoln, two other elementary principals and one middle school principal gathered interest and decided to make plans to pilot PL in some of their grade levels. District leaders and their departments including the Superintendent, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Chief Information Officer (CIO), and Di-rector of Administrative and Human Resources all got behind this innovative practice. These teams financially supported this work as well as provided support from their staff to be part of the collaborative planning work that developed our School District of Janesville PL Phases of Implementation.

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Recent Letters

You can learn more about the values and expectations from our principal, Mr. Galvin, by reading recent letters he has written to parents. Click on a link below to view the recent letter.

Empowerment October 2017 Bilingual  
Welcome to 2017-18 August 2017 Bilingual  
Breakfast in the Classroom May 2016 Bilingual
Personalized Learning and Class Lists May 2016 Bilingual