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The educator and the DJ: Kyree Brooks to spin & speak at Wisconsin Leadership Summit


In addition to helping open a brand new middle school, Kyree Brooks opened a new business this summer – a new business that will entertain attendees at the fifth annual Wisconsin Leadership Summit presented by UW Credit Union on October 10.

Brooks, the associate principal at the new Central Heights Middle School in Sun Prairie, launched DJ Ree Maniac Entertainment Services with his wife earlier this year and will “be spinning on the ones and twos” during the lunch session of the Summit.

“I’ve always been musically inclined. As a kid, I played the oboe, I played the tenor saxophone, the bass drum. I used to be a producer as early as high school. It’s just putting it all together now and really enjoying something that I love to do in my spare time,” he said in an interview for the It’s Only 10 Minutes daily news podcast. “Country to pop, Afrobeat, dancehall, r&b, hip hop, anything that the crowd is into, I have ready to go.”


Other entertainment for the Summit will be provided by local band Kinfolk during the evening social hour and Beat Chefs between sessions.

Brooks, a former special education teacher, will also serve as a panelist for a discussion titled “The Exhausted Educator.” 

He was named associate principal at the new middle school as Sun Prairie Area School District opens a new high school and redistributes the student body of the rapidly growing city.

“I’m literally a part of history, which is great,” he said. “We’re looking to have a promising start. Our main focus is going to be cultural care this year, just making sure that we’re building relationships, not only with our students, but amongst the staff.”

Brooks said the theme of the Summit – “Family Reunion” – really resonates with him.

“We all need each other in some way or capacity,” he said. “Since birth pretty much I’ve always had my mom and dad around. They always instilled into me that family matters. And you know, being an educator, ultimately you are a family.”

The Wisconsin Leadership Summit Family Reunion will take place October 10 and 11 with more than 20 panel discussions, a youth summit, the Wisconsin Leadership Community Choice Awards and more. Registration is open now.