New principals, administrators in place for the 2021-22 school year
(07/08/2021) Two Anoka-Hennepin high schools will have new principals, one elementary principal is new to the district and four district administrators began their roles this summer as the district prepares for the 2021-22 school year.
New principal at Hoover Elementary
In March, Keisha Davis was announced as the new principal at Hoover Elementary School - Biomedical, Health Sciences, and Engineering. Davis comes to Anoka-Hennepin from Osseo Area Schools where she was the assistant principal at Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts in Brooklyn Park for six years. Prior to her administrative role, Davis spent eight years as a classroom teacher and equity coach with Osseo Area Schools. Earlier this year, Davis earned Minnesota’s 2021 Outstanding Assistant Principal award from the Minnesota Elementary Principals’ Association (MESPA) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).
Leadership changes at two Anoka-Hennepin high schools
Becky Brodeur, who has been the principal at Andover High School (AndHS) since 2014, transitioned to a role with the district office taking over as the interim associate superintendent for middle schools and student services following the departure of Dr. Eric Melbye, who was named superintendent of Bloomington Public Schools in June. Brodeur has been with Anoka-Hennepin for 22 years. She first taught science at Roosevelt Middle School and taught at both the middle and high school levels before beginning her administrative career as an intern at Jackson Middle School. She was then hired as an assistant principal at Sandburg Middle School and spent nine years at the middle and high school levels before being hired as the principal at AndHS in 2014.
As Brodeur transitions to the district office, Tim Feine has been named interim principal at AndHS. Feine, who has been with Anoka-Hennepin for 23 years, has been an assistant principal at AndHS since 2014. He began his career as a health teacher at Fred Moore Middle School and spent 10 years teaching at the middle and high school levels. Feine began his administrative career as an intern at Blaine High School and was hired the following year as an assistant principal at Anoka High School. He has spent the last 11 years as an assistant principal in Anoka-Hennepin.
Coon Rapids High School - Center for Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (CRHS) will also have a new principal after Dr. Annette Ziegler was announced as the new director of state and federal programs and elementary schools for the district. Ziegler began her career with Anoka-Hennepin 21 years ago when she was hired to teach science at AHS. She started her administrative career as an assistant principal at Sandburg Middle School and spent six years as an assistant principal at the middle and high school levels. After three years as the principal at Coon Rapids Middle School, she was hired as the principal at CRHS, a position she held since 2011.
On July 13, John Peña was announced as the new principal at CRHS. Peña has spent over 15 years with Anoka-Hennepin, most recently at Anoka Middle School for the Arts as an assistant principal. He was also an assistant principal at Jackson Middle School for four years and an admin intern at Oak View Middle School. Prior to joining Anoka-Hennepin, Peña spent eight years as an elementary school teacher for Minneapolis Public Schools. Peña began his new role July 19.
Davis, Brodeur, Feine and Ziegler began their new roles July 1.
Welcoming two new district administrators
Dr. Joshua Delich was named associate superintendent for high schools following the departure of Dr. Timothy Gadson, III, who was named superintendent for Salt Lake City Public Schools in Utah. Delich joins Anoka-Hennepin from St. Paul Public Schools where he was the assistant superintendent for two years. Prior to that role, he was a middle and high school principal for eight years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas. Before getting into administration, Delich taught sixth and eighth grades and was a social studies lead content teacher at the middle school level. Delich began his new role July 1.
Following the retirement of Paul Cady, Anjie Flowers was introduced as general counsel for Anoka-Hennepin in April. Flowers came to the district after serving as deputy district general counsel for Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). She also held the titles of interim general counsel, assistant general counsel, and equity and civil rights investigator with MPS. Before joining MPS, Flowers was chief affirmative action officer/manager for the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs and was self-employed as an attorney. Flowers was also the human resource director for American Engineering and Testing. She began her role with Anoka-Hennepin June 7.