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Fridley Public Schools announces new Hayes Elementary Principal
Posted 06/06/2019 08:52AM

Fridley Public Schools is pleased to announce that Angaelicka (Gaeli) Iverson has been hired as the new principal for Hayes Elementary School. Iverson will be replacing John Piotraschke who is retiring at the end of the school year and transitioning into a district administrative position.

“Our hiring process ensured that input from staff and families was heard and valued,” said Fridley Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel.  “Gaeli is energetic, approachable, data driven, team-oriented and is a strong instructional and inspirational leader. She is a teacher leader who passionately works to create successful paths for all children, and is strongly committed to building collaborative relationships with families and staff,” said Hiel.

Hayes principal John Piotraschke is excited to welcome Iverson to the Hayes Elementary Giraffe Family. He said that he appreciated that the process of hiring the new principal for the school included gathering feedback from parents and staff. “The voices of our families and staff were heard, and their feedback helped develop a profile for the new principal,” said Piotraschke.

A highly respected leader, Iverson is currently an assistant principal at Sonnesyn Elementary School in Robbinsdale Area Public Schools, a position she has held for the past year.  She previously served for two years in the same district as an assistant principal at Meadow Lake Elementary School. In her current role, Iverson supervises staff, leads the work of PBIS/Safe and Civil Schools, writes building site improvement plan goals, plans and presents professional development, effectively evaluates teachers using the Danielson framework, conducts daily ‘Learning Walks’ using the Downey Model, supervises and provides training for educational support professionals, analyzes school wide academic and behavioral data to drive decision making, assesses climate and culture in the building through visibility in the classrooms and student connections, and builds trust and collaborative relationships with families, students, and staff to support academic achievement for all students.

“Hayes Elementary School is a diverse school that is rich in values and belief in all children obtaining their goals and becoming life-long learners,” said Iverson, adding that she is thrilled and excited to become a member of the Hayes Giraffe Family.

A passionate educator, Iverson’s teaching career includes eight years of teaching grades 3-6 in multiple schools in the Osseo Area School district. She also served as an administrative intern and behavior intervention teacher for three years in the same district. Iverson has a strong focus on building genuine relationships, and works hard to establish a positive and collaborative school community in which all individuals are supported to reach their highest potential every day.

Piotraschke said that Hayes has a rich heritage of excellence and high expectations for students and staff, and Iverson has developed a reputation that guarantees continuance of these ideals.  “I have no doubt that she will help our Giraffes reach new and exciting heights,” he said.

Iverson received her bachelor’s degree in education from St. Cloud State University, and both her master’s degree in educational leadership and administrative licensure from Concordia University. She holds a K-12 educational specialist licensure and K-6 elementary education, as well as 5-8 communications arts and literature licensures. She is an academic data team trainer who has also has participated in professional development training that includes Positive Behavior Interventionist and Supports (PBIS Training with MDE)/Safe and Civil Schools, Teacher Evaluation Danielson Framework, Restorative Justice Training, and Responsive Classroom training.

Iverson will start her new role as Hayes principal on July 1, 2019. The school will communicate upcoming opportunities for families and staff to meet the new principal.

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