Students at Crooked Lake Elementary School in Andover will see a new face in the principal’s office next fall.
Sam Anderson has been selected to replace retiring principal Cheryl Kortuem. Anderson, who has been the assistant principal at Ramsey Elementary School since 2008, will take over July 1.
“It’s really exciting. There’s so much opportunity at Crooked Lake,” Anderson said. “The chance to work with those kids and those parents – it’s a blessing.”
Anderson navigated through a host of meetings and interviews, including with parents of Crooked Lake, and possesses a strong background that prepares him well for the principal position, according to Mary Wolverton, an associate superintendent with the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
Anderson said he’s sorry to leave Ramsey, but is looking forward to the new challenge.
“I’ve learned a lot (at Ramsey),” he said. “It’s a great community but Crooked Lake – I really think I can support the families there and it’s a really great opportunity. I’ve heard wonderful things and I think it’s a great place for kids to learn. My job will be to support that.”
Anderson has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in instructional leadership, both from Bethel College in St. Paul. He completed his administration licensure at St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis. Anderson began his Anoka-Hennepin career as a first- and third-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Anoka before spending time as an administrative intern at Andover Elementary School. In addition to being assistant principal at Ramsey, Anderson has also served a short time as a substitute principal for two schools within the district.
His colleagues best know Anderson as a leader who works well with others. He’s a good listener, a problem solver, a strategic thinker and an effective communicator, they say. He is also knowledgeable about current curriculum and best teaching practices and works hard to connect with students and families.