by Leanne Loy
The St. Joseph Catholic School has a new principal. Sara Michaelson joined the faculty of the elementary school on Aug. 25. Michaelson has a background in education and leadership. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, she graduated from East Anchorage High School.
“Go T-birds!” Michaelson said as she talked about her educational past.
From there, she went on to graduate from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in science and mathematics. Continuing her education, she received her master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University in St. Paul, where she later also obtained her principal’s licensure.
Michaelson was a high school math teacher for 10 years in Sauk Rapids. From there she served as an academic coach for four years at St. Cloud Technical High School. And last year she was the assistant principal at Sartell High School.
Being in this community means a lot to Michaelson.
“This community has been so welcoming to me,” Michaelson said. “And my staff [at the school] is absolutely phenomenal.”
When asked what she loves most about her job, Michaelson said, “Watching the students learn. I love being a part of their journey.”
Michaelson’s husband, Adam, is originally from St. Joseph. The two, who met in college, were always drawn to the St. Joseph area. About four years ago they found themselves buying a house and permanently making St. Joseph their home.
Michaelson said she “just loves this community.”
She is excited to have students back in the classrooms and is looking forward to an amazing school year.