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RES administrator takes principal job

Kris Scallon feels like she was born to be a teacher, but she's excited to try her hand at being a full-time administrator.

Scallon came to Rosemount Elementary School as a fourth grade teacher seven years ago and six years ago took over as the school's instructional assistant. On April 29 she was named principal at Eagan's Oak Ridge Elementary School.

The move made sense for Scallon. She'd been looking for a job as a principal and moving to Oak Ridge allows her to stay in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District. The school also happens to be close to her home. One of her daughters attended Oak Ridge in first through third grades.

"I think school administration has been something that I have become more interested in," Scallon said. "I absolutely enjoyed my time in the classroom as a teacher, but I really, truly enjoy working in schools.

"I really enjoy the variety of challenges, but also the variety of responsibilities and just fun things that happen every day at the school. Being able to interact with the students."

RES principal Tom Idstrom said Scallon should be a good fit for her new job.

"She's going to be a great principal," Idstrom said. "She's a great instructional leader. She understands the balance of good instruction and administration.

"She's deserving of a leadership position in the district."

The timing of the move works out well. Scallon's position was set to be eliminated as part of budget cuts in the school district. She will be replaced with a part-time position filled by a current RES teacher.

As instructional assistant at RES Scallon has been in charge of assessment, student behavior, parent communication, staff training and development of a professional learning community. Since 2007 she has also served as the district's coordinator of elementary targeted services, overseeing elementary summer school and extended day programming.

Scallon earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She was hired in 1995 as a special education teacher at a private day treatment program for adolescents in Oakdale. In 1997 she was hired as a special education teacher for Independent School District 917 and from 1998 to 2003 she worked as a teacher in the Inver Grove Heights School District. She has a master's degree in education from the University of Minnesota and a specialist degree in educational administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Scallon will take over for Oak Ridge principal Lisa Hannon, who will retire at in June after 34 years in District 196, the last 12 as the principal at Oak Ridge. Hannon also served as principal at RES.

The transition to Oak Ridge has already started for Scallon. She met with Hannon April 29 and met some of the staff and students at her new school. She also expects to play a role in spring events there.

Now she just has to say good by to RES.

"I have really treasured my time working in Rosemount," Scallon said. "I'm so impressed with this community here and the parents and the staff. I really have a great respect for Rosemount and it's difficult for me to leave."