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New York Mills School interviews three candidates for new principal

Three final candidates for the New York Mills Elementary Principal position were given a second interview at a school board meeting Monday night. The three were chosen from six interviewed last week.

Superintendent Todd Cameron asked the candidates a series of questions about their career development, discipline philosophies, and experience with curriculum, assessment and instruction.

Each candidate was given an opportunity to ask his or her own questions and also answered questions from the school board.

Cameron said the schools' next step will be to offer a contract, secure a signature and get board approval at the May 21 school board meeting.


Judith Brockway has been a teacher at Chatfield Elementary School since 2004. She is a Teacher on Special Assignment, Curriculum Coordinator and Reading Specialist.

Duties include teacher mentoring, data collection, and coordination of curriculum.

She has a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in reading and language arts. She is currently earning her Educational Specialist

degree in educational leadership.

Brockway said she has a "whole gamut of experience in an elementary building."


Linda Schmidt is currently the Elementary Principal at Bagley Elementary School, where she has been since 2006. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience in Texas as well as Minnesota.

Schmidt has a Master of Arts in Education as well as an administration licensure and Specialist degree.

Schmidt said one thing she would like to do as principal is begin the "two year process to become a school of excellence."


Shane Tappe is the kindergarten through 12th grade principal at Grygla School, where he has been since 2010. He taught for three years prior to that.

Tappe has a Master's Degree and Principal Superintendent licensure.

Tappe said, "The biggest thing is, there is no 'one size fits all' education."

"I want to be a positive leader to students who have all that energy," Tappe said, "I feel like I have the energy to match their energy."