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Minnetonka Schools Welcomes New Assistant Principal at MHS
Minnetonka Schools Welcomes New Assistant Principal at MHS

Minnetonka Public Schools is pleased to announce that Ann Hanstad has joined the Minnetonka High School administrative team as an assistant principal.

Ann returns to Minnetonka Schools, where she previously spent more than eight years in progressive leadership roles. She brings a wealth of experience in leading and mentoring teachers, building and assessing curriculum and initiating new projects to improve instructional growth and professional learning. Ann began her teaching career at Minnetonka's middle schools, teaching sixth grade STEM, seventh grade life science and eighth grade earth science. She then spent five years as a science department chair and new teacher mentor.

For two years, Ann served as a teacher instructional coach at Minnetonka High School. During this time, at MHS, Ann built strong relationships with teachers as they collaboratively worked to develop exceptional classroom experiences. Ann left Minnetonka Schools in 2018 to serve an assistant principal at Osseo High School.

"Ann is a strong, capable leader and someone able to help MHS deepen its work in building stronger relationships with students and families and in creating engaging learning experiences for students. She is a thoughtful, relational, and positive educator who is relentless in doing what is right for students," said MHS Principal Jeff Erickson. "I look forward to her joining the MHS Leadership Team and to seeing all she will help to accomplish for our high school community. We are very fortunate to have her returning to MHS."

Principal Erickson added that Ann distinguished herself in the search process as a student-centered assistant principal who has the skill set and experience to make a positive impact on day one.

"I know from firsthand experience the amazing focus the Minnetonka Schools community places on students and their future," said Hanstad. "I value the innovative, collaborative approach among staff, students, families and leadership, partnering together to bring the hopes and dreams of each student at Minnetonka High School into a brilliant reality."

Hanstad earned a master of science in educational leadership from Minnesota State University and a bachelor's degree in natural science and secondary education from the College of St. Benedict. She also holds a Minnesota K-12 Principal's License and a teaching license (science 5-8, life science 9-12).

Ann replaces Andrew Frosch who left MHS after the 2018-19 school year to pursue other options. Please join us in welcoming Ann Hanstad to Minnetonka High School!

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