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!
, 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 start the role of Dean of students as a Cougar! Since 2001 I have been a Husky at Oak Grove Middle School as a 6th-grade language arts teacher. For the last 3 years, I have held the role of peer coach within the district where I serviced teachers at Olson Middle School, Olson Elementary School, Valley View Middle School, and Hillcrest Community School. 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 11 years to Eric and I am blessed to have my mother living with me helping me raise my two young children (Brody - 9 and Kardun 5). 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.