Mark McQuade email

After graduating from UW-Platteville with a Bachelor Degree in English and history, Mark McQuade began his career in education teaching English and history at Pardeeville High School, near Madison, WI. Following four years at Pardeeville, he accepted a job at Appleton West, where he continued to teach English and history for the next eleven years.  In addition to teaching, Mr. McQuade also coached wrestling, football, track and baseball prior to becoming an associate principal at West, in charge of activities, athletics, and eventually the English department.   

After six years as an associate at West, Mr. McQuade became principal at Wilson where he served for three years before returning to West. Prior to completing his Doctor of Education at Edgewood College, he earned Master Degrees in both Educational Technology and Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.  He has three children, all graduates of Appleton West High School, and his wife, Cheryl, is a paraprofessional at Lincoln Elementary.

Amy DidrecksonAssociate Principal - Curriculum

Amy Didreckson

Dean of StudentsAssociate Principal - Student Supports and Services

Christy deBoer

Christy deBoer began her career as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor working with adolescents. She earned an Associate degree in Applied Science of Counseling in 1998. She counseled in both outpatient full day treatment and a residential care facility specializing in mental health and substance abuse. She received additional training specializing in adolescents in the Juvenile Justice system. Christy then attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

Christy began teaching Special Education in the Appleton Area School District in 2010. She has taught students of all ages with emotional, behavioral, learning and exceptional educational needs. Christy returned to Appleton West as Dean of Students for three years before becoming the Associate Principal of Student Supports and Services.

Christy grew up in the neighborhood surrounding Appleton West. She attended Lincoln Elementary, Wilson Middle School and is an Appleton West High School graduate. She is proud to be Appleton West alumni. Christy is married and has three children. She enjoys spending time outside hiking, taking road trips and practicing yoga. 

Associate Principal McClowryAssociate Principal - Athletics

Jim McClowry, CMAA

Jim McClowry is a Certified Master Athletic Administrator serving as an educator for 23 years. Besides coaching at the college and high school levels,  he has been a math and science teacher and high school athletics administrator in four different Wisconsin school districts. He serves the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association as President. Additionally, he is a lead instructor for Wisconsin’s Leadership Training Institute where he facilitates legal issues courses for state athletic personnel. Mr. McClowry holds an MA from Ball State in Athletic Administration and a BA from Cornell in Education and Psychology.  

His passion lies in working with students, teachers, parents, advisors and coaches to utilize educationally based athletic/activity experiences to help prepare students for life beyond high school. Promoting participation is school based activities is seen as a best way to connect students to positive and healthy experiences that will set them up for success. Mr. McClowry has been married to his wife, Tracy, for 23 years. He is also the father of Marin, Colin, Payton and Gavin.