New PIHS principal ‘can’t wait’ for school

Posted Aug. 13, 2010, at 12:55 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — To say that Donna Lisnik is “as giddy as a schoolgirl” would be an understatement. The new Presque Isle High School principal cannot wait for Aug. 18, the first day of school.

“I just can’t wait for the first day with students. I can’t wait to be able to say, ‘Good morning, this is Mrs. Lisnik, your new principal at Presque Isle High School. Welcome.’ I am so looking forward to that.”

Lisnik, a Presque Isle native, replaces Eric Waddell, who resigned in April to become the new curriculum director of SAD 35 in Eliot.

Lisnik had been the assistant principal at PIHS for five years. Before that she was the principal at Easton Junior-Senior High School for five years, and a math teacher at PIHS for 13 years.

“I finished my degree in history in 1986 and my degree in math in 1987 [both at the University of Maine at Presque Isle] and then I did my master’s in educational leadership through the University of Southern Maine,” she said. “I started teaching at PIHS in 1987 when our oldest son left home.”

Lisnik said she plans to retire as principal.

“I’m looking at another five years,” she said. “I’m hoping that during that time I can make some positive changes in the school.

“As principal, my focus will be on leadership, the curriculum and watching that our test scores increase every year,” Lisnik said. “We have accreditation in two years, which is huge. We’re going to do a self-study that’s going to tell us who we really are, what we need to improve and what we’re doing well.”