WESTMONT – As the new athletic director at Westmont High School, Megan Wojtulewicz said she’s excited to take the program and make it into her own, working directly with the school’s coaches.
Wojtulewicz, a Brookfield resident, said high school sports are important because they teach students how to manage academics and athletics at the same time.
“Kids who participate in extracurricular activities do better in school because they have deeper support systems and structure,” Wojtulewicz said. “Athletics are about more than learning the sport. It’s learning to be part of a team, to be a part of something bigger than yourself, learning to win and lose – those are skills you can’t duplicate in a classroom.”
Along with being the new athletic director, Wojtulewicz is also a full-time physical education teacher at WHS. She said her favorite aspect of teaching is watching the students buy into improving their fitness.
“Creating the relationships and trust with students is super important,” said Wojtulewicz, who’s been in the field for six years. “Some of it is faith and that I’m portraying the fitness I preach and that takes time.”
Wojtulewicz replaces Dennis Renner, who accepted a job at another school.
What brought you to Westmont High School? Westmont was in my conference in high school so I’m familiar with the neighborhood... This was an opportunity for me to teach and be the athletic director at an intimate setting, small school... That was a huge draw for me.
Do you think it will be difficult to split the time as the AD and P.E. teacher? Taking over a program and teaching a full load is definitely a challenge but I’m just trying to do the best I can with my students. You should always be a teacher first. I know how important the program is and it requires my time but so does teaching.
Why did you want to become an athletic director? I’ve always been an athlete and high school sports were some of the most fun times in my life... Sports are a great way for students to show off their skills. ... Education always comes first but it’s great to have other outlets as well.
What do you think you can bring to the athletic department at Westmont High School? When I was a student-athlete, I wanted to compete and because of athletics I focused more on school... I chose to be an athletic director because of those experiences I had. ... It’s important to be a good listener and a collaborator with people who are part of the team and create the best environment possible.
What goals do you have for this year? ... I want to run a smooth program with no glitches... I want to create a stronger bond with the booster clubs, I want to develop relationships with my coaches... and of course we want to win some games.