Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Edina Public Schools (EPS) proudly announces the hiring of Andrew “Andy” Beaton as the next principal of Edina High School (EHS). Beaton will replace Dr. Bruce Locklear, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Beaton was selected from a strong pool of candidates in a process that included input from students, staff, parents and community members.
“While EHS has a long tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, arts and community support, it is also going through significant change with a new schedule, 50 percent new students, 25 percent new staff and a major construction project,” said Beaton. “It is an exciting time to be part of the leadership team in Edina as we build the next generation of EHS and I look forward to developing relationships with as many stakeholders as possible in preparation for the 2017-18 school year.”
For the past seven years, Beaton has been the principal of nearby Bloomington Kennedy High School. While there, Beaton championed a variety of innovative personalized learning approaches to help all students receive the support they need to be successful. Beaton’s approach to high school leadership is focused on high expectations for all students, research-based instruction, and school-wide support, “so that all of our students can meet their potential.”
Prior to his tenure at Kennedy, Beaton served as an assistant principal and principal at Columbia Heights High School, and as dean of students at Sandburg Middle School in Golden Valley. He started his career in education as a social studies teacher at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School.
Beaton earned his bachelor’s degree in geography from Macalester College and then continued his education at the University of Minnesota where he earned a master’s degree in education. He then earned an education specialist degree in educational leadership from St. Mary’s University, and has received several awards and recognitions from the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals, including the Hennepin Division Principal of the Year and several innovation awards.
When asked what he most looked forward to in the coming months, Beaton noted that he is most excited about meeting the students, staff and families of the Edina community to find out what they are most proud of and what their hopes are for the future. “EHS has a very strong teaching core that has fostered excellence and has also been a catalyst for change,” he said. “My role is to provide some clarity and stability through the transition while fostering innovation with a fresh set of eyes.”
In his first appointment, incoming Superintendent John Schultz was excited as he talked about Beaton joining the EPS leadership team. “Andy’s experience and enthusiasm for student success was clearly evident in our meeting and in the numerous inputs gathered from students, staff and parents throughout the interview process,” Schultz said. “He is very relational and seems very focused on engaging all stakeholders in his work.”
Schultz added that Beaton has a clear idea about what a high school should to look like in the future, including flexible learning strategies and spaces. “He will be able to lead teachers and parents through the high school experience, while keeping everyone’s focus on the individual needs of our learners. I was impressed with his focus on engaging students and teachers in learning and his commitment to partnering with parents, community members and others interested in helping students succeed.”
Beaton will officially begin his work in the district on July 1, but has plans to meet with EHS students and staff this spring as he makes the transition to Edina.