Meet the 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!