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Jeremy Kuhns, Assistant PrincipalJeremy Kuhns,  Principal


I am honored to serve the Bloomington community as principal of Olson Middle School.  I am fully committed to partnering with parents, guardians, faculty, staff and community members to assure that all of our children are learning, growing and developing into exceptional citizens.  

I have been fortunate to be associated with the Bloomington Public Schools for my entire educational career.  I began as a 6th grade teacher at Oak Grove Intermediate School in 1999.  During my time at Oak Grove I taught science, math and reading for six years before becoming Oak Grove's dean of students.  Following my time at Oak Grove, I served seven years as assistant principal at Olson Middle School and began my tenure as principal in 2013.

On a personal note my family consists of my wife, Jackie, a 5th grade teacher at Oak Grove Elementary School and an amazing mother to our daughter, Sophia, a swimmer, softball and hockey player, dancer and her daddy's pride and joy; our family pet, Denali, a spoiled Siberian Husky that loves to run, play, chew bones, and will let anyone and everyone scratch her belly.

As Principal of Olson Middle School it is my intention to continue to support and work hard to improve upon the wonderful things that are already in place at Olson.  Parents and guardians can rest assured that their child will experience a safe learning environment that will challenge him/her to achieve at high levels while at the same time providing a support structure that will allow him/her to take the risks necessary to maximize their potential.  The exceptional faculty and staff at Olson, willingly and enthusiastically accept the responsibility of promoting a love of learning, collaborating with families, and providing a first class education for all of our students!

My office door is always open and I welcome feedback on our progress.  Please feel free to call, email or stop by if you have any questions, concerns, or input.  We are all in this together!
Brenda Becker, Assistant PrincipalBrenda Becker, Assistant Principal


Hello families.  I am Brenda Becker and I have been serving the Bloomington Public Schools for the past 22 years and I am extremely excited to begin my role as the Assistant Principal at Olson Middle School in the fall of 2013.   I began my career in 1990 as a PE and Health Teacher until 1997 when I moved into administration as the Dean of Students for four years before moving to a district position as a Curriculum Coordinator.  As a Curriculum Coordinator, I worked with secondary teachers writing and designing curriculum and assessments for many different content areas. After five years, I returned to Olson Middle School as the Dean of Students where I have spent the rest of my career until accepting the Assistant Principal position.  I received my undergraduate degrees in Physical Education and Athletic Training, and a Masters degree in Health Education from Minnesota State University Mankato. I also received my Specialists Degree in Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato in 2007.  I am proud to be able to help build character in our students through hard work, citizenship, problem solving and critical thinking while maintaining high expectations for learning.

Rich Larson, DeanRichard Larson, Dean
Hello! My name is Richard Larson and I am thrilled to serve as the Administrative Dean at Olson Middle School. I have spent my entire career in the Bloomington Public School District. I spent 9 years teaching Life Science at Valley View Middle School. During my time as a teacher, I enjoyed coaching boys and girls tennis at Jefferson High School.
After graduating from Northfield High School, I attended Bethel University where I earned Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and 5-12 Life Science Education. I then completed a Masters of Education and earned a K-12 Administration License from Saint Mary’s University.
As the Dean of Students, it is my goal to serve and support teachers, students and families as we collectively seek to maximize learning opportunities in the classroom. Through our combined efforts, we will see our students reach their full potential. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to such a wonderful school!