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Principal will take over as teaching and learning director

Dakota Hills Middle School principal Steve Troen has been hired as the new director of teaching and learning for the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools. He will replace current teaching and learning director Jane K. Berenz, who will become superintendent July 1 to replace retiring superintendent John D. Currie. Troen will also start in his new position July 1.

Troen has worked in District 196 for 20 years, including 18 years at Dakota Hills. He started there as a social studies teacher and coach in 1989, the year Dakota Hills opened, and served for a time as academic coordinator and then athletic director before accepting a job as administrative assistant at Scott Highlands Middle School in 1997. Two years later, Troen returned to Dakota Hills as an administrative assistant and in 2002 was named the assistant principal. In 2005, Troen became the principal at Dakota Hills and he has held that position since.

In addition to his work as a school administrator, Troen has been involved with several districtwide committees involving curriculum and instruction, including co-chairing the district's K-12 curriculum, instruction and assessment committee and serving on the committee that developed the district's quality compensation for Teachers (Q Comp) plan.

Troen completed his undergraduate work at Concordia College-Moorhead and earned his master's degree in education administration from Minnesota State University-Mankato, where he also earned his administrative licensure and a specialist degree.

Berenz said the district is advertising the Dakota Hills principal vacancy and she hopes to have the position filled as early as possible this summer.