The 2023-24 Aspiring Superintendents Academy kicked off its first two-week intensive on September 22-23. The group will be meeting eight more times throughout the school year. Congratulations to all academy members!

Special thank you to our Academy Leader and Coaches!

  • Kate Maguire, Academy Leader, Former Interim Superintendent for Anoka-Hennepin Schools and Former Superintendent of Osseo Area Schools
  • Jeff Elstad, Superintendent, Owatonna Public Schools
  • Chris Mills, Superintendent, Thief River Falls Public Schools
  • Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed, Superintendent, Hopkins Public Schools
  • Belinda Selfors, Superintendent, Stewartville Schools
  • Scott Thielman, Superintendent, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools
2023-24 Academy Members

Tonya Allen, Executive Director of Student Support, District 287

John Bjoraker, Principal, Saint Paul Public Schools

Stephanie Davies-Larson, K-12 Magnet Content Lead, Minneapolis Public Schools

Josie Dingmann, Elementary Principal, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Schools

Renae Donaghue, Ass’t. Director of Special Education, Bemidji Regional Interdistrict Council

Mark Drommerhausen, Director of Operations, Stillwater Area Public Schools

Bob Elwell, Middle School Principal, Redwood Area Schools
Corinna Erickson, K-12 Principal, Breckenridge Public School District

Ann Ertl, Director of Innovation, Design & Learning, Hopkins Schools

Jennifer Fuchs, Principal, New London Spicer

Ella Gates-Mahmoud, Executive Diretor, Seed, Inc.

Mark Grossklaus, Ex.Dir. of Teaching & Learning, Centennial Public Schools

Ben Hannasch, Assistant Principal, Lake Park Audubon

Nicole Hansen, Assistant Superintendent, St. Cloud Area School District

Dave Haveman, Executive Director of Student Services, Lakeville Area Schools

Sarah Hunter, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, Minneapolis Public Schools

Ashley Kaplan, Director of Student and Staff Support Systems, Kasson-Mantorville Schools

Kory Kath, Principal, Owatonna Public Schools

Jennifer Leadbetter, School Advocate, Northwest Service Cooperative

Mahamed Mahamed, English Learner Teacher, Minneapolis Public Schools

Peyton Mills, Principal, Renville County West Public Schools

Jake Nelson, Assistant Principal, ROCORI Public Schools

Carla Nolan, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Becker Public Schools

Bondo Nyembwe, Executive Director of Educational Services, Columbia Heights Public Schools

Anthony Padrnos, Executive Director of Technology, Osseo Public Schools

Erin Rathke, Assistant Superintendent, Eastern Carver County

Kassidy Rice, Manager of Education Solutions, Sourcewell

Kari Rock, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Elk River Area School District\

Freya Schirmacher, Principal, Minnetonka Public Schools

Jake Seuntjens, Education Services Director, Northwest Service Cooperative

Julie Stauber, Principal, Cromwell-Wright Public School

Jennifer Stefan, Elementary Principal, Deer River Schools

Dana Strop, Director of Special Services, Farmington Area Public Schools

Scott Thomas, Director of Education Services, Northeast Metro Intermediate 916

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