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Eastern Carver County School District is pleased to announce a new slate of leaders in the district today. Shaun Walsh has been named the new Director of Community Education, Beth Holm as the new principal of Bluff Creek Elementary, Ryan Finke as the new principal of Carver Elementary, and Peter Morse as the new principal of Jonathan Elementary. They are assuming their new roles after the retirements of Jackie Johnston, Joan MacDonald, June Johnson, and Nancy Wittman-Beltz.

“I am excited to welcome this talented group of educators to our district leadership team,” Superintendent Lisa Sayles-Adams said. “Their experience and commitment to positive academic, social, and emotional outcomes for every student and our broader community make them outstanding additions and I know they will hit the ground running.”

Shaun Walsh comes to the district with over 20 years in youth and community program development. She is currently the Community Education Program Supervisor with St. Paul Public Schools. She has served in other community education capacities in the district, as well as with Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, the Blake School, and YWCA of Minneapolis. Walsh received her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College, her master’s from San Diego State University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Education, Organization Leadership, Policy and Development from the University of Minnesota.  

Beth Holm has over 15 years of experience in education, serving in both school counselor and administrative capacities over the course of her career. She is currently principal of Chaska Middle School East. She has been a counselor, dean, and assistant principal in the district previously, as well as an elementary school counselor in the Hopkins and Mankato school districts.  Holm received her bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist degrees from Minnesota State University Mankato.

Ryan Finke has almost 15 years of experience in education.  He currently serves as the Assistant Principal at Richfield Middle School. He has also been a dean, instructional coach, targeted services and summer school coordinator, and an English and Language Arts teacher at the middle level. Finke received his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, his master’s from St. Mary’s University, and his specialist degree from St. Thomas University.

Peter Morse has almost two decades of experience in education and youth program development. He is currently the Administrative Dean at Victoria Elementary School. He was a science and math teacher at Pioneer Ridge Middle School before joining the Victoria team, and an elementary teacher and dean in other districts prior to joining Eastern Carver County Schools. Morse received his bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf, and his master’s from the University of Minnesota.

We are proud to welcome Shaun, Beth, Ryan, and Pete to our community of learners, teachers, and all who work to benefit young people. All four were selected after thorough interview processes involving multiple rounds of interviews with various stakeholders. They will begin their positions this summer.

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