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Freya Schirmacher Named MMW Principal
Freya Schirmacher Named MMW Principal
Minnetonka Public Schools has named Freya Schirmacher as Principal of Minnetonka Middle School West. She begins her new role on July 1.

Schirmacher has spent the past three years as Assistant Principal of Minnetonka High School. There, she has been responsible for helping to collaboratively lead deep implementation of academic programs, including International Studies, Spanish and Chinese Language Immersion Programs and Tonka Online. She has also facilitated development of the high school's Instructional Leadership Team, and she leads the master scheduling efforts for the high school.

"Freya is a collaborative and strategic leader in her current role with Minnetonka Schools, and we know she will thrive as MMW Principal," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dennis Peterson. "She is thoughtful and diligent in her approach to building relationships, managing challenges and spearheading innovative efforts, and we look forward to seeing all she will accomplish in her new role."

Prior to her time in Minnetonka, Schirmacher spent two years as Dean of Students for Edgewood Middle School in the Mounds View School District. She also served as an Instructional Leader, a Special Education Teacher and Department Chair for Fridley High School and a Special Education Teacher at Hayes Elementary School in Fridley.

"I am both humbled and thrilled to become principal at MMW. It is an amazing school with incredible staff, engaged students and committed families," Schirmacher said. "Throughout the Minnetonka Public School District, students and staff continually redefine excellence and break the barriers of what is possible for achievement, community and personal development. I can't wait to join the MMW team and continue to develop this incredible work."

Schirmacher earned a master's degree in education from the University of St. Thomas and a bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre arts from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Her K-12 principal licensure and K-12 reading licensure are from Hamline University, and she earned her K-12 learning disabilities licensure through the University of St. Thomas.

Schirmacher replaces Dr. Paula Hoff, who is retiring at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

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