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District 833 announces selection of Oltman Middle School Principal

Coming from the nearby West St. Paul School District 197, Ms. Joni Hagebock has been selected as the Oltman Middle School Principal, pending School Board approval.

Hagebock has elementary and middle school principal experience. She is currently the principal for Somerset Heights Elementary and served for seven years as the principal for Friendly Hills Middle School, also in District 197. Her background includes being an associate principal, academic coordinator, Language Arts teacher, and twice opened and coordinated an alternative learning center for middle school students.

Of the selection, Assistant Superintendent Julie Nielsen said, “Ms. Hagebock rose to the top of the candidate pool throughout the interview process. She consistently demonstrated strong instructional leadership skills with experience at both the elementary and middle level. She is passionate about public education and supporting all students, while having the ability to build relationships within her school communities.”

Working in a variety of districts, she has been involved in a number of key district initiatives, including serving as a district facilitator in events including parent academies, professional development in balanced leadership and best practice interventions. She believes best practices in instruction are foundationally anchored by technology which opens a new world of engagement, creativity and innovation in today’s classroom. She believes it also supports teachers as they move toward more personalized learning not only for their students, but also themselves.

Through application materials, Hagebock demonstrated an understanding of the changing environment for Oltman (with a new building under construction) as she shared, “an ideal candidate will have an ability to initiate and support change, communicate effectively, and show value for and build capacity in all stakeholders.”

Hagebock’s extensive educational background includes superintendent licensure from Saint Mary’s University, education administration licensure and Master’s in curriculum and instruction from Minnesota State College Mankato, and Bachelor’s in English and Education from Saint Olaf College.

Hagebock begins her position on July 1 and replaces Principal Rebecca Schroeder, who is retiring from the district effective June 30.