Meet our Principal

Debra Misecko

Welcome to Memorial Elementary. I am pleased to be the new principal and excited to meet all the Memorial families.
Even though this is my first year working in the Valparaiso Community Schools, I have 25 years of experience in education. My most recent experience is the Principal at Liberty Elementary for the School City of Hobart.  Additionally, I have been the Principal and Assistant Principal at Joan Martin Elementary in Hobart, I  taught math, science and technology at Hobart Middle School and worked as a special education teacher for the Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative.  I have a Master's Degree in Supervision and Administration from Indiana State University and received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Valparaiso University.
I am married and have two daughters. My oldest daughter will be a junior at Indiana University this fall and my youngest will be a fifth grader. In my free time I like to golf, read, cook, garden and spend time with my family.  We love to play games together and enjoy other family activities. We have two dogs and I love playing with them as well.
I believe that it is important for student success, that all students feel safe and respected. It is my goal as the school principal to create a safe and effective learning environment where students are engaged and excited learners in order to be college and career ready.  Positive relationships between all school stakeholders is a key to maximize student success. Please feel free to contact me to ask questions and share ideas. I look forward working with all the students and parents.