ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL KERI NEUBAUER will begin work at Big Lake Middle School in September. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Neubauer new assistant MS principal

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Keri Neubauer has been named the new assistant principal at Big Lake Middle School this year.
Keri was born and raised   in Chicago but moved to the Black Hills when she was in high school. She earned her bachelors degree at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD, before going on for her masters in administration at South Dakota State University. For the last 13 years, Neubauer has worked in the St. Francis School District and she and her husband, Paul, still live in the St. Francis area.
Neubauer brings with her a wealth of experience in working with diverse populations. In St. Francis she worked closely with the special education program in addition to the general student population.
“I have some new ideas I am anxious to try that will fit in with the initiatives of the Big Lake School District, which I think will be a real plus for this position,” she said.
“I was looking for  new challenge and I had heard good things about Big Lake, their PLCs and other programs,” Neubauer said. “I was hoping they would have a position open.”
Presentations from High School Principals Bob Dockendorf and Angie Folch Neubauer saw at  teacher education opportunities outside the district prior to applying here convinced her Big Lake Schools are doing the right things.
“Word is getting out,” she said. “This is a good place to be.”
When she is not teaching school, Keri and her husband, who still teaches in the St. Francis School District, enjoy spending time at their lake cabin in the summer. They have five  grown-up boys between them who like to drop in and visit when they can. Neubauer says she enjoys going to concerts. She recently saw Paul McCartney’s concert at Target Field and is looking forward to attending a Fleetwood Mac concert in September.
“I am interested in every student, no matter what their strengths and skills are,” Neubauer said. “They can all achieve some measure of success. My door is always open and I want to help them all I can.”


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