January 6, 2021

Meet The Candidates

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Dr. Jill Underly

WEAC Educators Recommend Jill Underly for State Superintendent

The Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), the state’s largest union of educators, recommends Dr. Jill Underly for the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

WEAC’s recommendation, based on feedback from public school educators across Wisconsin, is based on Underly’s decades-long perspective as a teacher and school leader.

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Meet the Candidates

After a hard-fought primary battle two candidates, Dr. Jill Underly and Dr. Deborah Kerr will face off on April 6, 2021 in the General Election. The people of Wisconsin will choose a new State Superintendent for the Department of Public Instruction to replace the outgoing Carolyn Stanford Taylor.

Jill Underly

Dr. Jill Underly has worked in all facets of public education from Pre-Kindergarten through higher education as a high school and middle school social studies teacher, a University of Wisconsin College of Letters & Science academic advisor, a Title I Consultant and assistant manager at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, an elementary principal and director of instruction, and most recently, a rural school district superintendent. Currently, Dr. Underly serves as the administrator for the Pecatonica School District.

Dr. Underly is from Northwest Indiana and received her Doctorate and Master of Art’s degrees in Educational Administration and licensure in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Secondary Education Curriculum and Instruction from the Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Dr. Underly has proven herself to be a true champion for Public Education and Public Educators. She has rallied support from education first politicians such as Wisconsin State Senators: Sen. Kelda Roys, Sen. Jeff Smith, and former State Senator Kathleen Vinehout. As well as, Wisconsin State Assemblypeople: Rep. Greta Neubauer, Rep. Daniel Riemer, Rep. Sondy Pope, Rep. Dianne Hesselbein, Rep. Jonathan Brostoff, Rep. Robyn Vining, Rep. Don Vruwink, Rep. Mark Spreitzer, Rep. Kristina Shelton, Rep. Lisa Subeck, Rep. Jodi Emerson, Rep. Tod Ohnstad, and Rep. Jimmy Anderson.

For more information on Dr. Underly please visit her website:


Deb Kerr

Dr. Deborah Kerr is the CEO of Lead Greatly, LLC, a consultancy that supports educational leaders in equity, coaching and special projects. Dr. Kerr also serves as the Co-Chair for the UW-Milwaukee System Task Force to Advance Teachers and Leaders into the Pipeline. Dr. Kerr holds Master and Doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership from University of Alaska Fairbanks and National Louis University, repsectively. Prior to starting Lead Greatly, Dr. Kerr was the Brown Deer School System Administrator for 13 years. Dr. Kerr recently held the roles of president for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA).

Dr. Kerr is a supporter of Voucher and Charter Schools and has been championed by Politicians like Sen. Alberta Darling and Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

For more information on Dr. Kerr, please visit her website: