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Greg Fruhwirth, Principal

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My name is Greg Fruhwirth.  I graduated from Larimore High School.  I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota in Elementary and Special Education, and my Master’s degree is in Educational Leadership from Colorado State.

I am married to Barb who is employed as a 1st grade teacher at Eisenhower.  We have 3 children.  Brittany(Kyle) is a nurse and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her two children (Gavin and Grahm).  Michael (Abby) is a manager of a Dicks Sporting Goods store in Grand Island and Justin is a stockbroker in Denver.

In 2013 I became the Principal at Washington Elementary.  Before Washington, I was a principal at Wray Elementary for 8 years in Wray, Colorado.  My teaching career lasted 25 years, where I taught Special Education, 4th and 6th Grade in Fowler, Colorado.  I also coached Girls Basketball, Football, Baseball and Track.

Our mission at Washington Elementary is to improving student achievement levels and potential.  Each student is expected to work up to his/her academic ability by doing the work assigned to them.  Remember to follow these simple rules at Washington:

  • Be Responsible
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Safe
  • Be Kind
  • Be a Positive Influence

The focus is to involve each and every member of our educational community in making all students avid learners.  We place high value on parental input through open communication, both in the classroom and in my office.  

 

Everyone in Washington has a passion for teaching and learning.  Each and every day we look to motivate, encourage and inspire our students to become lifelong learners.  The phrase, “I care” is not just nice words but a two-word recipe for excellence, success and fulfillment.  It all boils down to those who really care and those who don’t.  This commitment to excellence will help guide them to have the desire, determination and dedication to reach their goals and being prepared for life.  Gerald Ford (38th president) said it best, “There is no substitute for hard work.  There will be disappointments, but ‘the harder you work, the luckier you will get.’  Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort.  If you strive for the top and miss, you’ll still beat the pack.”