Meet the Principal

Christian Pleister Principal

Hello, I’m Christian Pleister and I have been the Principal of Burleigh Elementary since 2014! I lead our compassionate and engaging staff as they strive to positively influence all students as they grow into lifelong learners.

In 1998, I earned my teaching degree from UW-Milwaukee in Special Education and I later continued my education, earning my Educational Leadership degree alongside my Principal and Director of Curriculum and Instruction licenses from Cardinal Stritch University in 2006.

Prior to Burleigh, I served as an elementary special education teacher for a combined nine years in Whitefish Bay and Milwaukee, and was a school administrator in Greendale for six years before joining Elmbrook.

At Burleigh, we use a workshop model for literacy and math instruction and meet with each student on a regular basis to set goals and monitor progress in order to ensure a personalized learning experience. We have been recognized as a Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition for our work in closing the achievement gap for certain student groups.

I am a member of the AWSA Elementary Principals' Commission, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have an impact on the lives of so many students and staff. In my spare time, I like to lead an active and healthy lifestyle by working out on a regular basis, doing as much as possible outside, and going to concerts!

Please feel free to stop by our school at any time to see our Burleigh Pride!

Go Vikings!

Christian Pleister