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TINA JOHNSON--Principal 


Welcome to RUHS!  My name is Ms.Tina Johnson, and I am the Principal of Rock University High School.  My office is located in the Educational  Services Center, 527 S. Franklin, Janesville.  I also serve as the Assistant Director of Administrative and Human Services for the School District of Janesville.

My experience includes 22 years in education as a coach, teacher, leader, director, and principal.  I am excited to use my knowledge and experiences from these various roles to support the students and families of Rock University High School.

Rock University High School seeks to empower students to develop a passion for lifelong learning and to nurture them by engaging their intellect, emotions, and natural curiosity.  We seek to instill not only the knowledge, skills and abilities set forward in the Wisconsin State Standards, but to develop student competence and motivation to use their education responsibly enriching their own lives and the lives of those in their communities.

Our Partnership with Blackhawk Technical College places us at the top of the list as the Premier Charter School in Wisconsin.

As always, feel free to reach out to me with any ideas, questions, suggestions, or concerns. Together, we can make this school year a success for all of our students.


Tina Johnson

Principal, Rock University HS

School District of Janesville

527 S. Franklin Street

Janesville, WI  53548

608 743 5022

          ANGELA KERR--Dean of Students and Mathematics Instructor

Our Dean of Students and principal mathematics teacher, Angela Kerr, embraces the uniqueness each student brings to the classroom.  “Students are unique in each and every way, and educational systems need to embrace the diversity of student populations by providing as many individualized learning experiences possible. All students can learn and be successful when the environment meets their needs in giving them the creative freedom to express ideas and explore topics of interest, a supportive and collaborative culture with peers and staff, and a safe environment free from bullying and negativity.” She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Math Education (with a minor in Physics) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and her Masters in Educational Leadership from National Louis University in Chicago. She has taught mathematics in Waukesha at Waukesha North High School and has been here in Janesville for the last eleven years, first at Parker High School and now at Rock University High  School.


ERIN JENSEN--Humanities 

RUHS’s humanities instructor, Erin Jensen, believes that both individuality and teamwork combine to make well-rounded students. “I believe strongly that in order to understand one’s place in the world and to truly be a citizen of the world, it is necessary to have an understanding of historical figures and events. Knowledge of history provides the tools we need to plan for the future, the intelligence we need to avoid past troubles, and the building blocks we need to achieve positive growth and change. I try to tell students to take risks, struggle, admit mistakes, and keep going. Students are more than just their accomplishments or failures, that the journey is just as important as the destination. I believe that in order for a class to be successful, we must embrace individuality but also contribute to the team. We are strong as individuals but unstoppable as a team.  I believe in having personal goals to accomplish, but as a class and a team, we will work to create and accomplish goals. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” Lastly, I try to ask students to keep their minds open and inquisitive. The thoughts, goals, and questions of everyone in class are valid. We will not all agree, but if we take the time to question and understand, we will learn from our differences.”

Erin received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Broadfield Social Science Education and minored in History and Spanish. She is currently seeking her English Language Learner License and Alternative Education License through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Stephanie Villarello, our main science instructor, brings her love of science alive for the students. “I love teaching science to students with diverse backgrounds and interests. I enjoy discussing the impact that science, particularly recent developments, has on their lives. In all of my courses I intermingle discussions about scientific principles with those on the history and impact that science has on society. I enjoy engaging students and providing a learning environment that allows students to “reach for the sky.” I try to make science “come alive” with the people, events, ideas, and experiments that make it such a fascinating field of study.”

We are also blessed with exceptional volunteers in Jane Thompson and Lynn Neitzel, who devote their time to teaching the students Spanish and Japanese, respectively.

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Read about RUHS

The Tuesday, May 9, 2017 edition of The Janesville Gazette contained a feature story about Rock University High School.

"[Tom] Murphy is an ordinary kid who found his niche at Rock University High School. The high school . . . designed for students interested in global studies and foreign languages.  

In 2014, the program evolved into a charter school for sophomores, juniors and seniors. This year, it moved to Blackhawk Technical College, where it has been warmly embraced by the college's administration. The atmosphere is more like college, and students must be able to work independently.

During their senior year, students do a capstone project, which designed to showcase their knowledge on a particular topic using the interdisciplinary approach. The complexity of the curriculum attracted Murphy." 



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