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June 4 declared Lee Ann Wise Day in Richfield

Post Date:06/04/2019 12:29 PM

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Since Lee Ann Wise started her career as a Richfield educator in 1990 she was on a mission to make sure her students received the best education possible. Fast forward 29 years on the eve of her retirement, she can consider her mission accomplished.

“Principal Wise has dedicated her whole career to the city, children and families of Richfield,” remarked fellow Richfield educator and At-Large City Councilmember Mary Supple. “I know that they all truly appreciate everything she has done.”

Wise came to Richfield as a third-grade teacher at Sheridan Hills Elementary. After eight years, she became a graduation standards coach for the school district and later an assistant principal at the Richfield Intermediate School.

She was appointed principal of Centennial Elementary in 2001.

“It is rare to find a principal or anyone connected with the schools who have the personality and the spirit that Principal Wise has in her service to the city’s kids,” explained Councilmember Edwina Garcia. “The city council appreciates your service. You have done an outstanding job over the last 29 years.”

For her contributions to the city of Richfield, the city council declared that June 4, 2019, be deemed Lee Ann Wise Day in the city.

“I accept this day not just on behalf of myself, but on behalf of all the people I have worked with and who have impacted my life,” said Wise. “Especially the students who have gone through the Richfield Public School system, they have made my career so rewarding.”

Besides being an educator, Wise is arguably the most successful coach Richfield High School women's athletics has ever seen. From 2006 to 2012, she built the Richfield High School Girls’ Basketball Team into a perennial powerhouse. In her final year as coach, she led the team to state finals.

Throughout her career, Wise has held true to the mantra of always being firm, fair and consistent. 

“Lee Ann is the type of leader that was both liked and respected,” said Garcia. “Both students and parents were always so proud of her hard work.”

Thank you for your service, Principal Wise.

Last week, she joined the That's Rich(field) Podcast to discuss her career. Listen to it on:

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3) Website -

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