I am excited to once again be serving the Olson Middle School community! My Bloomington career began at Olson Middle School as a technology education teacher and for seven rewarding years I worked with students to help foster their love of engineering. When I learned that I would be returning as the principal I told our staff that it was like returning home - and I am glad to be home. After leaving Olson Middle School, I took a position as dean and then assistant principal at Oak Grove Middle School. These eleven years were filled with wonderful opportunities to learn and to lead and I am excited to bring the knowledge, skills and passion I have for education back to Olson Middle school. I am proud to be part of this community and am dedicated to serving the needs of our students and families and inspiring our students in their love of learning. I look forward to all of the possibilities the future holds.
, 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.
Hi, Olson students, parents, and staff! I am so excited to return to the role of Dean of Students for my third year. Since 2001 I have been with Bloomington Schools. 13 years ago I started at Oak Grove Middle School as a 6th-grade language arts teacher. I then moved into a TOSA (teacher on special assignment) position as a peer coach where I serviced teachers at Olson Middle School, Olson Elementary School, Valley View Middle School, and Hillcrest Community School. After three years, I felt as though it was time to make Olson a permanent home by becoming the Dean of Students. I feel that I bring a well- rounded perspective of the amazing accomplishments, as well as challenges, that the school community works to address.
On a personal note, I have been married for 15 years to Eric and I am blessed to have my mother living with me helping me raise my two young children (Brody - 11 and Kardun 7). They are crazy in love with hockey so that keeps us quite busy. I live in a small town 50 miles West of Bloomington in a small town called Montrose. My commute time allows me a lot of time to reflect and listen to podcasts -- which I learn a lot from.
I look forward to working with students to have the best middle school experience possible.