Hello! I am grateful to be in my 7th school year of serving as Assistant Principal and my 16th year as an educator. My mission is to be a part of the change I want to see in the world. Education is my vocation. I am passionate about equity and learning. I am a proud first generation college student and will be forever grateful for my degrees from Saint Olaf College and the University of Saint Thomas. I am strategic, connected and committed to learning. I value relationships and teamwork. I believe in education that is technology forward and relevant. I am an achiever, learner; I am strategic and connected and I am bilingual in Spanish and English.
I have the pleasure to work at Maple Grove Senior High School starting in the 2015-16 school year. I am excited to bring my skills and experience to one of the states best high schools. During these years, Maple Grove Senior High was awarded the Silver Medal and Bronze Medal by the US News and World Report. Maple Grove Senior High serves 2,400 9-12 grade students in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis. My leadership is focused on educational equity, excellence and achievement for ALL learners.
In the winter of 2017, I was accepted into the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership program. “The certificate program brings together education professionals from around the world to create a dynamic community of practice. Leveraging the resources of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the collective wisdom and expertise of program colleagues, participants will develop strategies for system-level change that can be implemented both immediately and over the long term.” (Harvard Graduate School of Education Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership)
In the summer of 2014, I was blessed with the opportunity to be selected to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s National Institute for Urban School Leaders. The experience was epic and filled my achiever and learner strengths immensely. I was affirmed in my educational practices and background and challenged to grow professionally. I learned to be a better leader and reflected on my leadership thus far in profound ways. I documented my journey on twitter and in my blog. Check it out!
From 2010 to 2015, I served as Assistant Principal at Valley View Middle School in Bloomington, Minnesota. Valley View Middle School is a high poverty suburban middle school. Our school has been recognized by these wonderful organizations in 2013. The first award is for Top Middle School Latino Achievement from MinnCAN and the second award was a Bronze Star of Innovation is from the Secondary Principals Association for innovation in After-School Programming. have created a strong academic culture at VVMS that is centered on a personalized culture that encourages college access and career readiness. I am proud to have started the first ever to Bloomington Public School AVID program. As an instructional leader, I facilitated the Standards Based Grading/Effective Feedback initiative and Next Technologies for Learning initiative by moving to 1:1 digital learning environment. I sparked the creation of our popular Soccer & Homework and coding club after-school programs which serve many of our students throughout the school year. While retaining a strong middle school philosophy, I strived to create personalized learning for students by providing both enrichment opportunities and learning supports in the master schedule. I worked to foster a relationship with the Washburn Center for Children to provide mental health supports to our students and families. Finally, I created the VVM Student Hunger Backpack program providing food to our students who go hungry on the weekends.
When I served as a teacher at Patrick Henry High School and Robbinsdale Cooper High School, I served in the International Baccalaureate program as the Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme Spanish B teacher. I enjoyed teaching and believe that it is the best job in the world. I will always remember my first year as a resident teacher, taking students abroad, teaching Gabriel Garcia Márquez for grades 11 and 12 Immersion, and sharing about the culture of the Spanish speaking countries to students Spanish 1 to Spanish 7.
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-Naida Grussing-Neitzel, Ed.S.