St. Louis County Schools
It is with much enthusiasm and
energy that I accept the nomination for MASA President. As I write this bio, I am seated in my
office at St. Louis County Schools in northeast Minnesota, where I am in my
third year as Superintendent of a district that spans more over 4200 square
miles and includes four Pre-K – 12 schools and one Pre-K – 6 school. Prior to
this, I served as Superintendent of Southland Public Schools and
LeRoy-Ostrander Public Schools in southeast Minnesota … in Southland alone for one year, followed
by five years as a shared (50/50) superintendent at both districts.
On a personal note, I am 48 years young, have been married to my wife,
Shelly, for 22 years, and am dad to our 11-year-old daughter, Riley. We enjoy
life on a lake in the small community of Cotton, Minnesota.
I am honored to have been nominated for this position and would appreciate your
vote. I have benefited immensely from MASA over the past nine years, and
would like to now have the opportunity to give back to this great
organization. When I first became a superintendent, I was amazed at how
accepting and supportive veteran superintendents are across our state. The
mentorship program was tremendously helpful and I quickly learned if I had a
question or needed help, it was available here. MASA has provided me the
opportunity to be part of a sub-committee designed to strengthen its
mentorship program and to serve on the legislative platform committee.
During my educational career, I have proven my strength in the areas of
developing relationships, building trust, creating a very positive
environment for students and staff, and moving education forward to help all
kids be successful. These accomplishments lay the perfect foundation for the
position of MASA President. I work hard, love what I do, and enjoy the people
I work with on a daily basis.
I hope to carry my skills, abilities, and dedication to the position of MASA
President, if you, the members, give me the opportunity to lead MASA. I love
this organization and strongly believe in its purpose. I would appreciate
your vote and promise to help shape and influence the State and Federal
education agenda, and empower leaders through high quality professional
development, services and support, as stated in the MASA mission statement.