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-aleck youngster looking to test and annoy; firing it upon adults much like a young Socrates heading toward the hemlock with abandon.  A question that pushes all involved to evaluate, create, and synthesize. 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 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 significant 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 12th 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 6th year as Academic Dean and 5th 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.