Our School


Every day our students will learn, grow and help others.

Message from the Principal

Welcome! My name is Paul Cooney and I am the principal of Edna Ferber Elementary School. I have been working in the Appleton School District since 2008. Ferber is one of 17 elementary schools in the Appleton Area School District. Its doors opened in the fall of 1991 as the district enrollment expanded on the north side of Appleton. Currently, our enrollment is near 600 students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. When our students leave sixth grade they attend Einstein Middle School and then move on to Appleton North High School. 

Learning is something that we all do every day. Our students are no different. They want to learn and grow each day. Our job is to help them achieve that growth by providing them with challenging and engaging activities. The students of today are growing up in a society that requires different skills than we needed when we were in school. The Ferber staff works collaboratively to ensure that those skills are being taught. Helping others is an important part on our mission as well. The feeling that you get when you can help someone else is very rewarding. Ferber students work toward this by participating in a variety of programs at their school. These programs include Student Service Club, Peer Mediators, Peer Helpers, Safety Patrol, and Classroom Buddies.  

Ferber Elementary School continues to have a strong partnership with our community.  These partnerships provide our school assistance in programs such as United Reading for Success and Junior Achievement. Two school wide initiatives that are ongoing are our commitment to Educating Healthy Kids and our Bullying Prevention Program. Ferber has a strong PTO that works to enhance the educational experience for students and staff. The PTO plans and assists with events such as a Fine Arts Night, Sock Hop, and Multi-Cultural Night.

I am looking forward to a fun and exciting school year. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. The school phone number is (920) 832-5755.

Paul Cooney

Message from the Associate Principal

Hello Ferber Families,

I am so excited to be changing my role in the Ferber community to the Associate Principal. For the past ten years, I have been teaching fifth through eighth grade in the north and west clusters for the Appleton Area School District. Most recently, I have been teaching sixth grade ELA. When I am not at work, I love to spend time with my family. My husband and I have a two-and-a-half year old who keeps us on our toes. I love spending time outdoors, running, biking, and kayaking, but I also enjoy a lounge chair with a good book.

As I settle into my new role, I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of the Ferber students and families where every day, our students will learn, grow and help others.  

My schedule has me at Ferber on Monday, Wednesday and alternating Fridays as I will be sharing my time with Houdini Elementary School; however, I can be contacted at any time by calling the school office or via email.  

Let’s make it a great school year!

Katie Hardesty

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