By Jennifer Von Ohlen
DASSEL, COKATO, MN With Dassel-Cokato High School (DCHS) principal Dean Jennissen accepting a superintendent position at the Chisago Lakes Area school district, and with the new school year beginning soon, DCHS decided to hire interim principal, Dale Carlson of Cokato, to serve its students and staff throughout the 2017-18 school year.
“Dale’s interim position enables us to draw the best pool of principal candidates when we hire a long-term principal for the 2018-19 school year,” Superintendent Jeff Powers stated.
While Carlson is stepping into a new position at DCHS, he is not unfamiliar to the district, having worked as a social worker in the middle school from 1987 to 2000.
Before that, Carlson’s first position in education was in the Waseca school district, where he worked with at-risk students from 1975 to 1981. He then served a few special education cooperatives before being hired at DC, and afterwards accepted the assistant principal position at St. Michael-Albertville. Carlson became the school’s head principal in 2007, and continued in that position until his 2011 retirement.
Since then, Carlson has fulfilled long-term subbing needs throughout several metropolitan area schools.
“I still very much enjoy working with students and staff,” said Carlson, “so when this opportunity presented itself here in the DC community where I have lived in the past 25 years it seemed like a natural fit.”
Because of his background with the community and school district, Carlson believes his stepping in as principal will help students and staff have a smooth transition into the school year, and that his administrative experience will also be of value.
“DC High School has always had an excellent reputation, so my goal would be to make sure that the students here continue to have the best educational opportunities possible,” he commented.
As Carlson returns to DC’s hallways, he is especially looking forward to rekindling relationships with staff members, getting to know newer staff members, and working with DC’s parents again “because they have always been strong supporters of education.”
“I’ve known Dale for many years,” remarked Jennissen. “He is personable, experienced, and wise. He is always focused on what is best for students, and a great advocate for staff. He will do a great job, and staff, students, and families will really enjoy him.”