Dear Parents and Guardians,


As the Interim Principal for Barnum Elementary School, I would like to take a moment to introduce myself.

As a product of a rural Minnesota education (Alexandria), my life was deeply impacted by my classroom teachers. Not only did they provide me a solid education, they inspired me to be creative through positive support and interactions.  I see this same diligence from the faculty and staff at Barnum Elementary.

I have been an educator for twenty years, most recently as k-4 Principal/Superintendent at Willow River Schools.  Previously to this I worked as a K-12 Principal, administrator, social studies teacher, and middle school teacher.  For the last few years I have been in semi-retirement, working in mediation.  I have been “drawn” back to working with kids, missing the hugs, smiles, and laughter!   I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Bemidji State University, a Master’s Degree from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and post-graduate certification from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.  

I am here to help and support the education of our students.  Our continued focus will be on the quality education you have come to expect from Barnum Elementary School!


Scott A. Anderson

Interim Elementary Principal

Barnum Elementary School


Conferences:   Monday, February 5 (date change) and Thursday, February 8


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