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Principal named for two schools

Tina Haselius is the new principal for Crestview Elementary School and Nuevas Fronteras Spanish immersion school in Cottage Grove. (Submitted photo)

When Crestview Elementary School and Nuevas Fronteras Spanish immersion students come to the open house before school starts, they will be greeted at the door by Tina Haselius, their new principal.

Haselius is taking the place of Rich Romano, who will be the new principal at Newport Elementary School.

Haselius comes from St. Paul Public Schools, where she was the lead literacy specialist at the district center for curriculum instruction and professional development with responsibilities for instructional leadership.

With a focus on literacy, she was a content coach working directly with teachers in both literacy and math.

"Ongoing professional growth and continuous improvement are at the heart of our ability to expand opportunities for the students and the educators we serve," Haselius said.

She began her teaching career in Illinois at a dual immersion school with first-grade students.

Haselius taught seven years at Adams Spanish Immersion School in St. Paul.

She is bilingual with more than 20 years of experience in immersion education.

"Her high expectations led her to South Washington County Schools," said Barb Brown, district communications director.

Haselius holds licensure as a K-12 principal, in K-6 education and in K-12 reading.

She holds undergraduate degrees in music and economics and a master's degree in elementary education.

Haselius recently completed her elementary specialist licensure and serves as an adjunct professor at Concordia University's graduate school of teacher education in St. Paul.

"Haselius has exemplary experiences that are closely linked to the needs of all Crestview and Nuevas Fronteras students, staff and families," said Dave Bernhardson, assistant superintendent for elementary instruction. "We are pleased to welcome her."

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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