View 181: Pride in partnership with you! – Brainerd Expedition

For nearly 40 years, I have had the honor of working on behalf of Pre-K-12 students and staff as a teacher/administrator in Minnesota’s prestigious public education system – most recently as Superintendent Brainerd Warrior. One of my greatest professional accomplishments was being selected by our Brainerd Board of Education and being your instructional leader!

As I reflect on the past six years and look to the exciting future of Brainerd Public Schools, I am very proud of the accomplishments that have taken place in partnership with our outstanding school board, dedicated district staff, talented students , the parents / families who support , and our always so generous community!

I am very proud of our collaborative efforts to provide high-quality educational opportunities for all learners through: the success of one of the largest settlement bond referendums in the state of Minnesota; implementation of 1:1 technology; prioritize equity across our district; recruit and retain high quality staff; provide a comprehensive education in academics, arts, sports and activities; engage with students and the community; and courageously address the multi-faceted challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the special school board meeting on January 19, members approved the hiring of School Exec Connect to facilitate the search process for superintendents in 2022. While timing details are yet to be determined, steps will include collecting information from various focus groups, including community, staff, and student feedback. I want to thank the school board for believing in me and in my leadership. When I was selected, they ensured that I had the skills necessary to move our district forward and I am confident that they will work tirelessly to find our next education leader whose vision will secure the future of an education continues high quality in Brainerd Public Schools!

Together we have worked in partnership to provide equitable opportunities for everyone to teach and learn best practices and we have achieved miracles. It has been an honor for me to lead Brainerd Public Schools over my long and rewarding career. I look forward to the opportunity to explore other exciting options for the future with my husband, my family and my community. I pledge to continue our work together and I will lead and finish strong – this is the Warrior Way!

Thank you for everything!

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