An assistant superintendent at nearby White Bear Area Schools with deep roots in Anoka-Hennepin Schools has been chosen to lead the state’s largest school district.

The Anoka-Hennepin School Board chose David Law to take over as superintendent when Dennis Carlson retires at the end of June. Law has a long history with Anoka-Hennepin. He attended school there as a child, taught there, and now his three children are enrolled there.

“We are pleased to have selected a new superintendent who is talented, passionate about doing what’s best for students, and excited to return to Anoka-Hennepin School District,” said School Board Chair Tom Heidemann, in a written statement. "We believe David Law will do a great job for our schools and our community and we are eager to work with him.”

Law attended Anoka-Hennepin Schools. He attended Sorteberg Elementary School and Northdale Middle School, both in Coon Rapids, and graduated from Coon Rapids High School. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hamline University and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. He completed his superintendent’s licensure at the University of Minnesota.

Law taught for a year in California before returning to teach math at Coon Rapids High School. He then served as an assistant principal at Sandburg Middle School in Anoka for seven years before being selected as principal at Sunrise Park Middle School in the White Bear Lake School District. He has been assistant superintendent there for the last four years. He has also taught as an adjunct professor with the University of Minnesota and Bethel University.

Law was selected Thursday night after a lengthy search process that included soliciting student, staff and community input.

Law is a district resident with three children attending district schools.