Kent Kleinowski


Kent Kleinowski
Academic Dean

(414) 604-3119


Why is perhaps the most simplistic yet most important question one will ever ask. It is the first and last question. It is the question of a smart-alex youngster looking to test and annoy; firing it upon adults much like a young Socrates heading towards the hemlock with abandon.  A question pushes all involved to evaluate, create, and synthesis.  It is a question which drives all learning and thus all education.  

After all “thinking is not driven by answers but by questions. . . . Only students who have questions are really thinking and learning. Moreover, the quality of the questions students ask determines the quality of the thinking they are doing.”   -Clifford and Marinucci (2008)


  • Cardinal Stritch, MA in Educational Leadership

  • Cardinal Stritch, MA in Special Education

  • UW-Stevens Point, BA in Secondary Education

  • Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (2 semesters)


I grew up in West Bend, WI and attended East High School(which, with West, is two high schools in one).  While in high school I devoured Science and Art classes. Outside of school I ran varsity Cross Country for 3 of my 4 years running there.

While attending UWSP I was fortunate to be able to study in Poland twice due to a scholarship and internship.  During that time I was able to visit places significance to world, European, and my own family's history throughout Central and Eastern Europe.

After completing my studies at Stevens Point I began my Master's work in special education and worked for one year at a Milwaukee charter school and then moved onto an Alternative High School in West Bend.  This is my 11th year at Central; the first 6 of which were as a special education teacher, with the last two years as department chair.  This is my 5th year as Academic Dean and 4th year as AVID District Director.

In addition, I have coached the Central chess and cross country teams.

My interests include drawing goofy textless comics, running, reading a wide variety of literature, biking, and most importantly spending time with my son Konner.