Meet the Principals


 Jonathan Clark, Principal

Jon Clark is the principal at Riverside Elementary School. Prior to come to Riverside he was the principal at Garfield Elementary School in Brainerd and Kimball Elementary in Kimball, MN. His teaching experience comes from the Sauk Rapids School District where he was a special education teacher, fifth grade teacher, and special education lead teacher. He earned is BA degree in elementary education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, his Masters degree in special education from Saint Cloud State University, and 6th year licensure in K-12 administration / superintendent from St. Mary’s University.

Mr. Clark sees the importance of building positive relationships with students and parents in order to provide the best school experience possible. Each and every day is a new day filled with new adventures. A chance for us to learn, to explore, to make mistakes, and to try again.

During his free time he enjoys spending time with family and friends and teaching as an adjunct professor with St. Mary’s University. He is very proud that Riverside Elementary School Patriots are proud “Warriors in the Making”.

   Jonathan Clark
     

Tammie Nelson, Assistant Principal

Tammie Nelson is the new assistant principal at Riverside Elementary School. Mrs. Nelson was a Special Education Teacher at Riverside this past school year and prior to coming to Riverside she spent 7 years as the Special Education Director at Roseau Public School and 3 years as a special education teacher in Roseau, MN.  Tammie has taught in Elementary and High School Special Education, as well as Elementary and Early Childhood education. She earned her BA degree in elementary education from Valley City State University, her Masters degree in special education from Bemidji State University, and 6th year licensure in K-12 Administration and Director of Special Education from North Dakota State University.

Tammie has a three children, Parker is a 3rd grader, Caden is a 8th grader, and Bretta is a Freshman.  Her husband, Aaron, is a High School Principal. During her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending sporting events, shopping, and reading.  Tammie enjoyed the students and staff this past year as a teacher at Riverside and is very happy to be returning to Riverside in a new role.

Email: Tamara.Nelson@isd181.org


    

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