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Get to know our ISD 882 Principals!

Joe Dockendorf Name:Joe Dockendorf
Current Position: Eastview Education Center Principal
Years in current position: 2
What did you teach before becoming an administrator?
Fifth Grade
Why did you become an administrator? 
To serve students, families, and staff in a way that was a bit different than what I had been experiencing.  I wanted to help make learning fun and establish long lasting, helpful relationships. 
What do you enjoy about being an administrator? 
Above all else, I enjoy working with kids. It is exciting to watch them learn together and grow as individuals.  I also get great enjoyment from supporting staff members and sharing my parenting and teaching experience with families to make their lives better.
Please share a favorite anecdote or story from your time in education: 
I have been a Monticello administrator for the past twenty years. During that time I have been talked into dressing up to play many roles including Elvis, one of the "Nine Ladies Dancing", Johnny Appleseed, Zero the Hero, Norman the Gnome, and several cameo roles in the annual Little Mountain Elementary School annual 5th grade Lip Sync program.
Lastly, what is something that you are passionate about outside of education? 
I love spending time boating with my wife. We have so much fun together, and it doesn't matter if we are fishing, going for a joyride, or anchored listening to music.  We both love being on the lake; especially on perfect sunny days.
 

Gabe Hackett Name: Gabe Hackett
Current Position: Proud Principal at Little Mountain
Years in current position: 7
What did you teach before becoming an administrator? 
I was a physical education teacher for 5 years. Before becoming the principal at LME, I was the Dean of Students at Big Woods Elementary in St. Michael for 5 years.
Why did you become an administrator?
I loved teaching and my time as Dean of Students. I wanted to be a principal so I could have an even greater positive impact on student learning and teacher guidance.
What do you enjoy about being an administrator? 
I enjoy so many things about being a principal. First and foremost, I get to know all of the approximately 650 students at Little Mountain and their families. Each student has a unique learning style and social/emotional needs. I enjoy working with our families and staff to make sure all of our students have what they need to be successful. 
Please share a favorite anecdote or story from your time in education:
I was in my first couple weeks at Little Mountain, and I accidentally dialed 911 from my office. I quickly called the sheriff's department and the district office to let them know it was a false alarm. A few minutes later, as I was on my way out of the office that day, one of the sheriff's deputies was waiting outside the building. I explained the situation, and he seemed to understand. However, after explaining that I was the principal, he took out his pen and pad and had several more questions for me. Apparently, everyone in town knew that Joe Dockendorf was the principal at LME, but not everyone knew that I had taken over. It was not the best way to introduce myself to the Wright County Sheriff's Department! 
Lastly, what is something that you are passionate about outside of education?
Being a principal can mean a lot of hours spent working during the week. I do my best to spend as much time with my kids as possible. I am passionate about being there whenever I can to learn and grow along with them.


Linda Borgerding Name: Linda Borgerding
Current Position: Pinewood Principal
Years in current position: 3.5 years though I have been employed by the district for 30 years.  18 years at Pinewood and 12 years at the District Office
What did you teach before becoming an administrator?
Music, Title I, First Grade and Fourth Grade
Why did you become an administrator? 
I enjoy being able to help everyone in the building problem solve and celebrate our successes.
What do you enjoy about being an administrator? 
The smiles and hugs from students and staff.
Please share a favorite anecdote or story from your time in education:
From a second grader: "Mrs. Borgerding, you would be a better principal if you told jokes during the morning announcements!"  So I added jokes to the morning announcements and receive written suggestions from students when they feel I need help.
Lastly, what is something that you are passionate about outside of education? 
I love reading and music. I always have one or two books I'm reading. Singing and playing the harp, guitar or piano are other ways I like to relax.

 


Clay Norman Name: Clay Norman
Current Position: Assistant Principal at Pinewood
Years in current position: This is my 2nd year
What did you teach before becoming an administrator? 
I was a Physical Education Teacher.
Why did you become an administrator?
I enjoy supporting students, families and educators from a leadership position.  It’s very rewarding.
What do you enjoy about being an administrator?
Working with students is still my favorite part.  I also like collaborating with staff to continually improve how we educate students.  I like that each day brings new opportunities. This job is anything but predictable. 
Please share a favorite anecdote or story from your time in education:
At the end of my first year of teaching, a retiring teacher made a speech in front of all district employees.    He talked about becoming a much better teacher and coach once he started teaching and coaching for his kids rather than himself.  Those words have stayed with me. I continue to try to step out of my comfort zone and learn from my students.  
Lastly, what is something that you are passionate about outside of education?
I’m passionate about my children and about being a good dad.  I enjoy teaching them about things that we like to do together like fishing, golfing, and many activities in the snow. 

 

Jeff Scherber Name: Jeff Scherber
Current Position: Middle School Principal
Years in current position: 17 years 
What did you teach before becoming an administrator?
Social Studies and Special Education 
Why did you become an administrator? 
A highly respected mentor of mine encouraged me to consider becoming a principal. He thought I was a good fit for the challenges of the job 
What do you enjoy about being an administrator? 
I enjoy the daily interactions with students and staff.  I enjoy being part of their personal growth.  
Please share a favorite anecdote or story from your time in education:
In my second year as principal at Monticello Middle School Superintendent Jim Johnson and I were visiting in the front entry of the building.  In the midst of our conversation a special needs students bolted through the entry and out onto the street. Our natural reaction was to follow the student. We found ourselves running down Broadway heading towards downtown Monticello. We spent time wandering through neighborhoods and backyards looking for the student. We eventually walked back to school only to find the student quietly sitting in his class. The secretaries had shared that they got several calls wanting to know why the middle school principal and the superintendent were seen running away from the school in the middle of the day.
Lastly, what is something that you are passionate about outside of education?
Supporting our military, spending time with my family, Civil War History, and the Minnesota Vikings.


Matt Coalwell Name:  Matt Coalwell
Current Position:  Middle School Assistant Principal
Years in current position: This is my 10th year
What did you teach before becoming an administrator? 
7th Grade Life Science and Dean of Students at Annandale Middle School
Why did you become an administrator? 
Passion to help kids and provide more student opportunities on larger scale (outside 1 classroom). Additionally, I was interested in supporting and working with staff building wide.
What do you enjoy about being an administrator? 
Celebrating big successes building or system wide and smaller, individual success with 1 student. I enjoy working alongside students and staff in a problem solving mode to find solutions. The day to day variety and unpredictable challenges are also something that keeps this position fresh.
Please share a favorite anecdote or story from your time in education: 
My journey has been greatly influenced by a select handful of educators who took an interest in me, supported me, and encouraged me. I believe this happens daily in our schools and I am reminded we have the potential to change lives more than any other career. With a Science background many of my favorite memories involve experiential learning opportunities in Tanzania, Costa Rica, and on field trips to touch, see, and explore classroom concepts in nature. One story I just told my wife was of a college professor who often gave myself a couple buddies permission to skip class in the fall as long as we were bird hunting and brought back samples. Lastly, there have been a number of times where I've crossed paths with former students who've had some fun stories or memories to tell about our experiences together. Those interactions energize me and remind me that our impact (even if it is tough to see in the moment) is making a difference. It is important to remember that education isn't only about academic content. The relationships and connections created along the way are exponentially impactful.
Lastly, what is something that you are passionate about outside of education? 
Faith, family, and adventure! I am married to an incredible wife and we are blessed with 3 children. Time with my family at home or off having fun is a priority.  I also enjoy the great outdoors hunting, skiing, camping, or traveling.

 
Mike Carr Name: Mike Carr
Current Position: Monticello High School Principal
Years in current position: 8 years in Monticello. I was previously at Sartell for 14 years before coming to Monticello.
What did you teach before becoming an administrator?
Math-High School and College.  I taught and coached in St. Cloud and Annandale.
Why did you become an administrator?
My Principal at Annandale encouraged me to go into Administration.  I loved teaching and wanted to continue working with students
What do you enjoy about being an administrator?
I really love working with High
school students. I enjoy helping them become successful young adults.
Please share a favorite anecdote or story from your time in education: 
I enjoy hearing from former students who say they appreciated something I might have said or done for them.
Lastly, what is something that you are passionate about outside of education? 
I really enjoy watching baseball. I played and coached high school and college baseball.
 I had a wonderful summer following the Twins.

 
John Reeves Name: John Reeves
Current Position:  AP MHS
Years in current position: 4
What did you teach before becoming an administrator?
HS Social Studies
Why did you become an administrator?
I followed a path to administration fighting it the entire way because I loved the classroom and the connection that can be made with students. I finally took the step with the encouragement that we can have a large scale impact through this role. 
What do you enjoy about being an administrator?
Being an administrator has allowed me to view education through a different lens. I view this as a good thing because all people can benefit from seeing things through a different lens at times. My role as an administrator has furthered my appreciation for the art of teaching and the influence that the role of teaching can have in the lives of students. 
Please share a favorite anecdote or story from your time in education:
This profession provided a platform for meaningful relationships. The best stories I have are related to the relationships that have been bonded through my time in Monticello. Those relationships continue beyond the walls of this building as our students take their next steps, and I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with students in a meaningful way whether through teaching or through my current role. 
Lastly, what is something that you are passionate about outside of education?
Hiking in the mountains and Gopher Football. Row the boat!!