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Castle Elementary names new principal

Posted by: Libor Jany Updated: June 26, 2014 - 3:44 PM

North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale school district officials have dropped the “interim” tag from Bridget Bruner’s title and named her the new principal for Castle Elementary School in Oakdale.

Bruner’s appointment was announced at the June 24 Board Meeting. She had served as the interim principal toward the end of the 2013-2014 school year, after taking over for Allie Storti, who left to take the principal job at Pinewood Elementary School in Mounds View.

Bruner, 14-year district veteran, previously worked as a teacher and teacher mentor, and worked to develop middle school math remediation program, school officials said. Most recently, she was an instructional coach at Skyview Middle School in St. Paul.

She received a bachelor’s degree in secondary math education from the University of Northern Iowa and earned a master’s degree and K-12 principal’s certificate from Saint Mary’s University.

“One of the most important parts of being a principal is building solid relationships with students, families and staff. I plan to spend a lot of time in the hallways, classrooms and playground getting to know your students,” Bruner said in a statement to parents that was posted on the school’s website. “I am hoping to connect with many of you at our community playground build on July 26th.”

Bridget Bruner

Bridget Bruner

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