Meet the Principal

  • Annandale Elementary Mission

    Annandale Elementary schools is one of the best elementary schools in the state of Minnesota.  The dedication of the staff, families and community to work together to help students grow and succeed is remarkable.  At Annandale we believe that every child can be successful and the best method to achieve that success is to work with families throughout the school year.  Annandale is fortunate to have a tremendously dedicated staff that work to develop a plan for each student so he or she can grow academically and socially.  

    Educational Background

    The first 17 years of my educational career were spent in the Mounds View school district.  I spent time with three schools. Pike Lake, Turtle Lake, and Bel Air, all elementary schools. My beginning years were spent as a homeroom teacher in the 5th grade.  I also spent time as a math and science specialist, a math interventionist, an instructional coach, and a dean of students.  During the summer I was involved with Summer Academy, a program for gifted and taleneted students, for 13 years.  Seven of those years I taught a math and games class and six years I directed the program for approximately 1,300 students.  I am proud to be associated with the Mounds View school district and Summer Academy and know they will continue to make a great impact for students.

    During the summer of 2016 I was fortunate to receive the principal job at Annandale Elementary.  I was consistently amazed at the work of the students, the dedication of the staff and the support from the community.  I consider it a true blessing to be in a prominent school district of Annandale.  

    Personal Background

    Being in Annandale is coming back home.  I grew up in Annandale and went to Bendix Elementary (now Annandale Elementary).  My elementary principal, Arlen Johnson, and I shared the same birthday and he would invite me to his office on our birthday to have a donut.  My family lived in Annandale through my freshman year in high school and I was at Annandale high school for the first year of the new building.  My sophmore year in high school we moved to Monticello, where I graduated from high school.  I went on to attend Northwestern College in Roseville where I attained my elementary education degree and met my wife Laurie.

    Laurie and I reside in Annandale school district and have three girls.  They love Annandale and all it has to offer.  Laurie teaches math at the middle school and we both come from families of educators. For many years my mom taught 1st grade in Annandale, my dad has a teaching license, and two of my sisters are teachers.  I have two sister-in-laws that teach and my father-in-law was head of the education committee when he served in the Montana state senate.  We definitely talk education when we get together.

    I look forward to all of the success our students will have!

    - Jon Klippenes