Jerome C. “Jerry” McCormick was an accomplished teacher and administrator in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Born April 19, 1921 in Freedom, Wisconsin Jerry’s formal education began in a one room country
school. During World War II, he entered the U.S. Navy as a midshipman, serving in Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba. He also captained escort boats and was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade.
On December 22, 1943, he married the love of his life, Florence Mae Steinkellner in Waukegan,
Illinois. They were happily married for 66 years.
After the war, Jerry earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a
Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He began his teaching career in New
London, Wisconsin as a middle school science teacher. They then moved to Green Bay where he became
the Assistant Principal at Franklin Junior High School. He was a successful basketball coach while
at Franklin and coached the 1958 and 1959 seasons, going undefeated with 25 consecutive wins. Jerry
was later named the first Principal of the new Southwest High School, working many hours on the
design and layout of the physical building and the implementation of an innovative approach to
curriculum and course scheduling. He was eventually named Director of Secondary Education for the
Green Bay Board of Education, retiring from that post in 1982.
Florence Mae Steinkellner McCormick, also a life-long educator, earned her Bachelor’s Degree from
the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. When the four McCormick children were young, Florence was a
homemaker and later re-entered the teaching force when her youngest child started school. Florence,
a fourth grade teacher who specialized in the teaching of math, retired a few years after her
husband. Jerry and Florence spent their retirement years enjoying their four children and spouses
and their 9 grandchildren. They especially relished spending time in the summer at their cabin in
Wisconsin. They were both avid Packers fan. Florence McCormick is 93 years old, still lives in
Green Bay, Wisconsin, and is still rooting for the Packers.
Salutation for thank you letter: Christine McCormick