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2013 Leader Letter: Alumni Update

Thu, Mar 21, 2013

The Administrative Licensure Program has a high rate of placement of its graduates in leadership positions in school organizations. UST graduates are asked to inform Licensure Coordinator Dave Peterson (dwpeterson@stthomas.edu) when you move into a new leadership position so we can recognize your accomplishment and add your name to the growing list of UST graduates who are moving into leadership positions.

The following are just a few examples of UST graduates who have recently moved into new positions as school administrators.

Katie Mahoney was recently named assistant principal of Earle Brown Elementary School in the Brooklyn Center School District. Mahoney begins her duties July 1, 2013, after serving several years as a teacher at Highlands Elementary School in Edina.

Jeremy Kerg, recent graduate of the UST Principal Licensure program, begins his new duties as the dean of students and activities director for St. Croix Central High School in Hammond, Wis.

Drew Mons recently completed his first year as assistant principal at Irondale High School, where he teamed with UST alumnus Scott Gengle, who is principal of Irondale High and a member of the UST Administrative Licensure Advisory Board as well as current UST principal licensure student Robert Reetz.

Beth Cornwell, current student in the principal licensure program, was named dean of students starting in the 2013-14 school year at Valley View Middle School in Edina.

Jackie Reiter recently completed her first year as assistant principal at Plymouth Middle School in the Robbinsdale School District after completing a very successful internship at Armstrong High School while a student in the UST principal licensure program.

Mary Jodl Earnhart moved in January 2013 from her position as Q Comp coordinator in Eden Prairie to become one of the assistant principals at Maple Grove High School in the Osseo Public School District. She joined UST alumni Sara Vernig (principal), Lisa Hartman (assistant principal), and current Ed.S. licensure student Kim Berling (administrative assistant).

Jeremy Wiley recently completed his first year as principal of Fernbrook Elementary School in the Osseo Area Schools. Previously he had been a principal at Savage Elementary in the Burnsville Public Schools and prior to that was a teacher in the Bloomington Public Schools. Jeremy really loves being in an elementary school, as noted in his welcome message to parents, "It is truly fascinating to watch students evolve and change over time, and I make a very concentrated effort to 'know' students."

Stephanie Bruggers has completed her first year as associate principal at Wayzata High School, where she supported the student management and instructional program for ninth-graders. Bruggers came to WHS from Osseo Public Schools, where she taught ninth grade social studies for 11 years and served as an instructional coach at both Maple Grove and Osseo junior high schools.

Bruce Richards was recently named principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Waconia. During the 2012-13 school year, Richards served as principal of Kennedy Elementary School in the Willmar Public School District, and previously taught elementary students and was an Instructional coach in the Osseo Area School District.

Jason Doctor is completing his first year as assistant principal at South View Middle School in Edina, where he works with other school leaders in coordinating the student services program for more than 1,200 middle school students.

Margo Kleven recently completed her first year as assistant principal at Palmer Lake Elementary School in the Osseo Area Schools, where she joins another St. Thomas licensure program graduate, principal Tim Brown. Kleven knows the territory in Osseo, having grown up attending the Osseo schools, and then teaching and directing the Q Comp program in Osseo before becoming assistant principal at Palmer Lake.

Amy Kettunen is completing her first year as curriculum coordinator for the Prior Lake-Savage School District, where she works with other central office administrators to coordinate the instructional program for the district. She specializes in the implementation of the E-STEM (environmental science technology engineering and math) program for grades K-5.

Liza Anderson Schmid recently completed her first yearas the international baccalaureate coordinator at Patrick Henry High School in the Minneapolis Public School District, where she coordinates the implementation of the IB world academic program.

Shannon Donnelly is completing her first year as the director of pupil services for the Somerset, Wis., Public Schools. Previously she had been a special education teacher in the St. Croix Central Schools District.

Kim Johnson recently completed her first year as Special Education Director for the Crookston Public Schools. In this capacity, she leads a comprehensive program for special services with a department of more than 35 teachers and paraprofessionals.

Michael Lehan has completed his first year as a school administrator in his position as assistant principal at St. Paul Harding High. For the 2013-14 school year, Lehan is returning to his previous district, Osseo Area Schools, as assistant principal at Maple Grove High School.

Tim Johnson is middle school principal at Potomac School District in Potomac, Mont.. In fall 2012, the Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA) recognized Johnson with the prestigious MTSBA School and Community Service Award at the Montana Conference of Education Leadership. He previously taught in the Prior Lake Public Schools.

Betsy Lueth is completing her first year as the executive director of two top-rated St. Paul charter schools, Twin Cities Academy and Twin Cities Academy High School, which are both authorized by the University of St. Thomas.

Naida Grussing-Naetzel is the assistant principal at Valley View Middle School in Bloomington. She uses her Spanish language fluency to communicate with students and parents in this diverse school setting.

Jamie Steckart principal and superintendent licensure graduate of UST, left his position as director of Northwest Passage Charter School in Coon Rapids and moved with his family to Al Khor, Quatar, where he is the school director for Quatar Leadership Academy, a high school for high-school-age boys who are training to be leaders in mid-eastern countries.

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