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Continued: Meet the new superintendent of Inver Grove Heights schools

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 10, 2014 - 1:44 PM

Q: What is your personality like, generally? Hobbies or interests? Family?

A: I’m one of those people who looks at anything as an opportunity. I’m a very family-oriented person: I have three kids (a junior, an eighth-grader and a sixth-grader), my wife is a third-grade teacher, and we spend so much time following our kids and being a part of their lives because they’re actively participating in sports and school activities. Everything I do is first related to my family and then related to, “How do you serve the school community that you’re working with?”

During the interview process, someone asked what I do to relax and I said, “You know, there’s two things I like to do: I like to mow the lawn and I like to clean cars.” They sound like chores, but for me they’re just those peaceful, productive things I like to do. Isn’t that goofy? I’m a sports person, too. I’ve coached my kids in various things and I very much enjoy that.


Erin Adler • 952-746-3283

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    • Began his career as a gym teacher in South Dakota.

    • Later taught in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district.

    • Was a principal in Inver Grove Heights and then in the South Washington County district from 1999 to 2006.

    • Served as a principal on special assignment, overseeing a series of districtwide transitions, from boundary adjustments to high school schedule changes.

    • Currently assistant superintendent for elementary schools with South Washington County.

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