Ryan Peterson

Associate Principal LeeAssociate Principal

Patrick Lee

Patrick Lee grew up in Wausau, WI and graduated from Wausau East High School in 1991. He has a twin brother who currently instructs at his high school alma mater in the IB program. His older brother is an executive living in Minneapolis. Patrick’s father was a syndicated outdoor journalist and his mother a paralegal. 

He attended UWMC in Wausau for two years where he played for their basketball team, was a member of their student council, and ultimately voted the school’s student Ambassador. Mr. Lee transferred to UW-Stevens Point majoring in English with a minor in Writing. He graduated with an English degree and taught four years at Rio High School. Also at Rio he was a JV basketball coach, Sophomore class Advisor, District Technology Coordinator, Drama Director, and High School Attendance Officer.  

His first Administrative job was at Kaukauna High School in 2001. He spent five years there as an Associate Principal. In 2006 he was hired by DePere High School to perform Associate Principal duties there for the next six years. 

Mr. Lee considered himself the happiest father and luckiest Principal alive when he was hired by the same school his three daughters would attend. He was hired as Principal of the Appleton Career Academy as well as the Associate Principal of Student Services for Appleton North High School in 2012.

As hobbies Mr. Lee likes to work out, run, and listen to music. He is married with three daughters who attend Appleton schools. His wife works as a NICU nurse at St. Elizabeth hospital and is the rock of the family for the countless hours he is away from them.

Paul HermesAssociate Principal

Paul Hermes

Mr. Paul Hermes is the Associate Principal in charge of Curriculum and Instruction for North High School. Mr. Hermes earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Marian University and his Bachelor Degree from UW-Oshkosh in Education & Broadfield Social Sciences.

He began his career in education teaching at Appleton East High School.  Mr. Hermes taught at East for six years, teaching World History, Sociology, and AP Comparative Government & Politics courses, as well as serving as Department Chair and Curriculum Support Specialist for the Social Studies Department. Mr. Hermes then began his administrative career as the Associate Principal of Bay View Middle School in the Howard-Suamico School District near Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he served for seven years. In 2016, Mr. Hermes was named Associate Principal of the Year for the state of Wisconsin (2016) by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA).

Mr. Hermes and his wife, Stacie, have two children (Ellen & Eddie) and they live in Freedom. Mr. Hermes is a huge Packers fan and is a season ticket holder. Mr. Hermes is avid golfer, loves to travel, learning about history, reading, and being active with his family. Mr. Hermes maintains a professional blog and is very active on Twitter - connect with him!

Associate Principal / Activities Director

Duane Hartkopf

Dean of Students (9th & 11th Grade)

Matt Berlowski

Dean of Students (10th & 12th Grade)

Rob Salm