Karl Schleich has enjoyed a successful 34-year career as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, district-level administrator, and consultant.
Karl began his teaching career in Naperville, Illinois as a high school science teacher and coach. He moved to Alaska in 1985 and subsequently earned his M.Ed. in Administration and coached the university’s basketball team before moving to an isolated Indian Reserve in Southeast Alaska as Principal/Teacher at the middle school. In 1990 Karl moved to the Mat-Su Borough School District in Palmer, Alaska where he served as Assistant Principal in a new middle school, then as principal at three different elementary schools, opening two of them. Karl was honored in 2000 as Alaska’s NAESP National Distinguished Principal. During a two-year leave of absence (2004-06), Karl served as the Elementary Principal at the American Community School, an IB international school in Athens, Greece.
During Karl’s tenure as principal at Shaw Elementary, he was introduced to Dr. Randy Sprick and the Safe & Civil Schools framework. Implementation of CHAMPS and Foundations began at Shaw in 2008 at which time student achievement made significant gains. Shaw earned the State of Alaska's Distinguished Title I School for Student Achievement award in 2011 and later that same year Shaw was recognized in Alaska for its Best Inclusive Practices.
Karl served as the Director of Professional Development for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (2011-2013) where he led a districtwide professional development initiative to implement Instructional Tours, a professional development process that involves peer observation and collaboration.
Since 2011, Karl has worked as an independent consultant and trainer, assisting schools and districts throughout Alaska and the United States to improve instruction and school climate. Karl supports school improvement efforts and CHAMPS implementation in schools in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and more than twenty rural Alaska villages. He is increasingly asked to share his expertise with districts outside Alaska’s boundaries.
In his role as an educational consultant, Karl provides training for Safe & Civil Schools in:
Karl is also a trainer for Bill Jenson's Tough Kid and Tough Kid Toolbox.
B.A. in Biology/Education from North Central College, Naperville, Illinois
M.Ed. in Administration, University of Alaska-Fairbanks