Four Anoka-Hennepin schools will have new principals

Retirements and new career opportunities will result in four Anoka-Hennepin schools getting new principals for the 2014-15 school year.

Andover High School, Hamilton and Mississippi elementary schools in Coon Rapids and Jefferson Elementary School in Blaine will have new principals next school year.

Each of the principals will begin their new roles July 1.

Andover High School

Becky Brodeur will be taking over as Andover’s next principal, replacing Rhonda Dean, who announced in May that she was leaving her post to become the principal at Washburn High School in Minneapolis.

Most recently, Brodeur has been an assistant principal at Coon Rapids High School. She also has experience teaching at Andover High School — she was a science teacher at the school when it opened in 2002. Brodeur began her educational career with Anoka-Hennepin schools in 1999.

Brodeur received her bachelor’s degree from Bethel College, St. Paul, in life science and secondary education. She earned a master’s degree in educational leadership, also from Bethel, and completed the administrative licensure program at Hamline University.

According to Associate Superintendent Jeff McGonigal, Brodeur’s work with teams of teachers at CRHS has resulted in impressive gains in student achievement, and she is known as a visionary leader who keeps students at the center of every decision. As a former Andover High School teacher, she is familiar with the school, and she and her family are involved in the Andover community.

Hamilton Elementary School

Melissa (Missy) Monson has been tapped to serve as the next principal of Hamilton Elementary School, replacing Principal Diane Merritt, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Monson is currently an assistant principal at Eisenhower Elementary School in Coon Rapids, but actually began her educational career as a kindergarten teacher at Hamilton in 1998. In addition to teaching kindergarten and first grade at Hamilton, Missy has also taught second grade at Crooked Lake Elementary School in Andover and worked as a district intervention specialist and instructional coach. She was an administrative intern at Oxbow Creek Elementary School in Champlin before becoming an assistant principal at Eisenhower in 2012.

Monson earned a master’s degree in elementary education and literacy development from St. Mary’s University-Minnesota to compliment her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from St. Cloud State University. She also earned her administration licensure from St. Mary’s.

According to Associate Superintendent Mary Wolverton, Monson is known by her colleagues as a “true leader” and someone who is creative, resourceful and flexible. She is also someone with deep understanding of instructional strategies and works hard to provide support to teachers as well as students.

Jefferson Elementary School

Mark Hansen has been selected as Jefferson Elementary School’s next principal. He’ll replace Principal Marcia Beyer, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Hansen is currently the principal at Mississippi Elementary School in Coon Rapids, a role he’s had since 2004.

Hansen earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Bethel College and received a master’s degree and principal licensure from St. Mary’s University-Minnesota. He has spent his career in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, starting as an elementary teacher at Madison Elementary. Prior to being hired as principal at Mississippi, he had administrative responsibilities at Ramsey, Jefferson and Andover elementary schools.

Wolverton said colleagues know Hansen as a leader who seeks collaboration with parents and staff and who is committed to the success of each student. He’s highly regarded by staff and parents at Mississippi.

Hansen is looking forward to the opportunities and professional growth that comes with working in a different school, Wolverton said.

Mississippi Elementary School

Neil Klund-Schubert will be taking over as principal of Mississippi Elementary School, replacing Mark Hansen, who is leaving to fill the same role at Jefferson Elementary School in Blaine.

Klund-Schubert is currently serving as a principal on special assignment, supporting technology and information services at the district level. Prior to his current assignment, he was principal at Johnsville Elementary School. He also served as principal at Champlin Elementary School and as an administrative intern at Oak View Middle School.

Klund-Schubert attended the Air Force Academy, earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from St. Cloud University and went on to complete a master’s degree in arts education and administrative licensure from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Wolverton said Klund-Schubert has a strong background of education experience and that he’s excited to get back to being a principal.

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