Students and staff at Franklin Elementary School in Anoka will have a new principal taking over July 1.
Brian Erlandson has been selected to replace retiring principal Vickie Spindler at the school.
Erlandson has a number of years of experience in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, most recently serving as an assistant principal at Brooklyn Center’s Evergreen Park World Cultures Community Elementary School.
“What I’m really looking forward to is being a part of Franklin community — taking an active role in the school and the surrounding area, and to serve and meet needs of kids,” Erlandson said. “I’m excited.”
Mary Wolverton, the district’s associate superintendent, said Erlandson elevated himself during a host of meetings and interviews, including with parents of Franklin. He possesses a strong background that prepares him well for the principal position, she said.
Erlandson said it’s bittersweet to leave the students and parents of Evergreen Park.
“Those kids — they’re great and it’s empowering to work with them,” he said. “But I feel like I can transfer the skills I’ve learned here and move Franklin forward. Those kids deserve the best, too.”
Erlandson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Minnesota, as well as his principal licensure at St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis. He began his career as a sixth-grade teacher at Jackson Middle School in Champlin before working as an administrative intern at Ham Lake’s McKinley Elementary School.
Erlandson’s colleagues best know him as a warm and welcoming person with a wonderful sense of humor that puts people at ease.
Wolverton said it’s his positive attitude and focus on student success that make him a great leader.