47 Eagle Ridge TrailNorth Mankato, MN 56003(507) 317-7761

  • Systems thinking educator with over 20 years of experience leading innovative opportunities and programming.
  • Leadership strengths:   Maximizer • Relator • Arranger • Individualization • Ideation
  • Strategic leader of program development, data-driven decision making, and professional development
  • Systems visioning, leadership, training, and coaching
  • Superb written and oral communication skills
  • Organizational and strategic planning
  • Trained in Cognitive Coaching


Executive Director | Director of Special Education         July 2016 – June 2019 
Minnesota Valley Education District, Saint Peter, MN     
  • Led the development, implementation, and review of the Board of Directors’ policy manual, including the establishment of a policy review process and cycle for the education district.
  • Guided the Board of Directors in the review and revision of the Education District Agreement and Bylaws to ensure alignment between state laws and current organizational practices.
  • Represented the Board of Directors as the chief negotiator and representative for the education district in regard to collective bargaining agreements and oversight for all labor and management activities.
  • Provided leadership as an ex officio member of the education district’s Board of Directors and as an ex officio member of the superintendents’ Executive Committee.
  • Revised the staff evaluation and performance appraisal protocols to include national standards and best-practice indicators within a framework of supervisor feedback, reflection, and professional growth targets.
  • Developed, monitored, and managed the education district’s $6 million annual budget.
  • Provided leadership and oversight for the development, coordination, and evaluation of the total special education system within the seven member school districts and the education district.
  • Served as liaison among parents, 130+ special education staff, 19 principals, 7 superintendents, regional service providers, member districts, county agencies, collaborative partners, and the Minnesota Department of Education in regard to special education services, best-practices, and compliance.

Principal                                                            July 2016 – June 2019 
Minnesota Valley Education District, Saint Peter, MN 
  • Provide leadership for the overall activities for students and staff in three special education schools: K-12 Level IV School serving students with emotional behavior disorder; K-12 Level III programming serving students with autism spectrum disorder; 5-12 self-contained school serving students in a residential care and treatment program. 
  • Supervise and evaluate 38 staff: licensed teachers, social workers, mental health practitioners, paraprofessionals, and office staff. 
  • Provide leadership for program initiatives, team-building, student discipline, problem-solving team coordination, and creation of a safe, respectful, fair, and appropriate learning environment.

District Technology Director                            July 2012 – June 2016
Saint Peter Public Schools, Saint Peter, MN
  • Supervise, evaluate and provide direction to technology department staff and district technology coaches.
  • Coordinate, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate the three-year district technology plan.
  • Provide leadership for the instructional coaching committee and the district technology committee.
  • Develop and implement the annual district technology budget.
  • Provide leadership for the Saints Digital Learning Initiative and 1-to-1 digital learning plan.
  • Organize and provide leadership for Saints Technology Boot Camp for staff.
  • Provide leadership for the teacher evaluation process at Minnesota Valley Education District schools.
  • Developed the facilities bond referendum information and social media plans. 
Technology Integration Specialist                   July 2010 – June 2012
Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools, Le Sueur, MN
  • Developed plan and training materials for district-wide implementation of Google Apps.
  • Facilitated planning, research, and development of a new school district vision to integrate a 1-to-1 
  • computer device model into K-12 curriculum and instruction.
  • Created, organized, and facilitated systemic professional development opportunities to prepare and assist teachers as they integrated technology into their curriculum and instruction.
Area Learning Center Coordinator                      August 1997 – July 2010
Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools, Le Sueur, MN
  • Developed program’s curriculum plan that embedded Minnesota Academic Standards.
  • Conducted student intake meetings for prospective students and parents.
  • Facilitated the development of Area Learning Center rules and policies.
  • Developed and managed annual program budget.
  • Coordinated Le Sueur-Henderson School District’s summer school programming for high school students.
  • Co-facilitated program development and successful state applications for Area Learning Center, including high school and middle level alternative programs, and K-8 Targeted Services program.
Social Studies Teacher – ALC Grades 9-12           January 1997 – June 2012
Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools, Le Sueur, MN
  • Planned and taught differentiated and technology enriched lessons for social studies classes that included American Government, U.S. History, World History, Economics, Sociology, and Psychology.
  • Piloted a 1:1 computer initiative that integrated technology into curriculum and instruction.
  • Selected as the Le Sueur-Henderson Education Association’s Teacher of the Year in 2010.


Minnesota Valley Education District 
Ex officio - Board of Directors • Ex officio - Superintendents' Executive Committee

Saint Peter Public Schools 
District Administrative Team • District Principals Plus Team • District Curriculum Council • Instructional Coaching Committee
District Technology Committee • Q-Comp Advisory Team

Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools 
District Data Team • District Staff Development Team • Strengths Initiative Team • Crisis Management Team • Professional Growth Plan Coaching Team • CHARACTER COUNTS! Committee • STEM Task Force • President and contract negotiator for the Le Sueur-Henderson Education Association


Graduate Certificate - Superintendent License            July 2019
St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Graduate Certificate - Director of Special Education License            December 2017
Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato, MN

Specialist in Educational Leadership & K-12 Administrative License          July 2015
Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato, MN

Master of Science - Educational Technology          December 2011
Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato
Thesis:: - Barriers of Integrating Technology into Instruction
Graduate Certificate - Instructional Media in the Classroom 

Non-Degree Coursework - Middle School Philosophy & Practices          June 2007
Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato, MN
5-12 Minnesota Teaching License: File Folder 356731

Non-Degree Coursework - Minnesota Teaching License          May 1995
Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
7-12 Social Studies: File Folder 356731

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology          June 1991
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL: August 2016-2019)
Consortium for School Networking, Washington, D.C.


Center for Cognitive Coaching          March 2011
Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato, MN

Professional Development Schools (PDS) Leadership Institute          May 2010
Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato, MN


Windows • Mac OS X • iOS • Android • Chromebooks • Google Apps • Microsoft Office • Infinite Campus Blackboard Connect • Applitrack • Viewpoint Data Warehouse • Moodle • Edmodo • Social Media • Web 2.0


Saint Peter Rotary • MASA  MASE • SOCRATES • South Central Service Coop • Innovation Zone Summit • ISTE • CoSN