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Thomas will lead Echo Park

Scott Thomas

ROSEMOUNT — District 196 Superintendent Jane Berenz announced the hiring of Scott Thomas as principal of Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology in Burnsville.

Thomas has been the principal of Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science in Eagan for four years. He will remain at Glacier Hills this school year and will begin his new position at Echo Park on July 1. Thomas will replace Pam Haldeman, who came out of retirement in 2016 to take over as principal at Echo Park.

"It is a great honor to be named principal of such a wonderful school that I have had the pleasure of knowing for many years," Thomas said. "As a child, I remember playing on the Echo Park playground with my sister while visiting our uncle, who served as principal many years ago. Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology is a community I am excited to get to know and lead."

Echo Park is one of five elementary magnet schools in District 196. Thomas was instrumental in developing District 196's first three elementary magnet schools while serving as the district's integration and educational equity coordinator from 2005-2012. He left to become executive director of Magnet Schools of America in Washington, D.C., for two years and returned to District 196 in 2014 to become principal of Glacier Hills. Thomas started his career in District 196 in 1998 as a social studies teacher at Apple Valley High School and Rosemount Middle School.